UW has trained rheumatologists for over 50 years.

Fellows - Photo of 6 fellows, Program Director, and Associate Program Director
Rheumatology Fellows, Program Director, and Associate Program Director holding ACR/ARHP Knowledge Bowl Championship Trophy

Since 1967, the UW Division of Rheumatology Fellowship Program has trained leaders in rheumatology. From major discoveries in basic science to innovations in clinical care, UW Rheumatology has helped shape the field of the rheumatology. Many of our 100+ graduates currently hold leadership positions in research, clinical care, industry, and advocacy.

Mission

The UW Rheumatology Fellowship Program is committed to:

* Recruiting and training outstanding physician-scientists and clinician-scholars from diverse backgrounds;

* Providing a world-class, individualized learning experience driven by excellence and discovery;

* Fostering a collegial and supportive community of service in academics

Training

Each fellow’s career development and research activities are supported by a rich array of world-class Research Mentors within the Division of Rheumatology and through collaboration with the UW Departments of Immunology and Genome Sciences, the UW Division of Nephrology (and the Kidney Research Institute), the UW School of Public Health, and others. The UW Rheumatology NIH T32 grant has provided additional support for fellows pursuing careers as physician-scientists in basic, translation, or clinical/epidemiology research.

Career development and clinical training is highly individualized. The first year of training focuses on development of comprehensive clinical skills and knowledge. Clinical training occurs at 3 hospital-based sites and is driven by intentional, competency-based learning objectives and evaluation. During the first year, career planning and mentor/project identification is carefully guided by a special Scholarship Guidance Committee made up of physician-scientists (basic, translational, and clinical/epi) as well as clinician-scholars. The second year of training is highly individualized. Fellows may choose between two training pathways: a physician-scientist pathway (a 3-year pathway) or a clinician-scholar pathway (2 years). Working closely with their mentor(s), physician-scientist fellows focus on developing an independent line of investigation while maintaining a half-day weekly continuity clinic and participating in elective clinical experiences. The 3rd year is focused on research, publication, and successful application for multi-year training grants (e.g., NIH K08). Fellows on the clinician-scholar pathway divide their time equally between advanced and specialized training (e.g., MSK ultrasound and multi-disciplinary clinics) and a mentored scholarship project(s), which may include research, clinical trials, QI scholarship, and focused training in medical education. A Scholarship Oversight Committee made up of mentors and other qualified faculty helps all fellows meet career goals and successfully compete for junior faculty appointments in academic medicine.

Mentorship

Fellows’ research activity is supported by a rich array of world class Research Mentors within the Division of Rheumatology, and through collaboration with the UW Departments of Immunology and Genome Sciences, the UW Division of Nephrology (and the Kidney Research Institute), the UW School of Public Health, and others. The Rheumatology NIH T32 grant provides additional support for fellows pursuing careers as physician-scientists in basic, translation, or clinical/epidemiology research.

Clinical and Research Training Sites

Fellow’s clinical training takes place primarily at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), Harborview Medical Center (HMC) and the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS). The basic / translational research training sites are the UW South Lake Union Campus (SLU), Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI), the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) and the Benaroya Research Institute (BRI). All research sites are located within walking distance of each other in South Lake Union, while frequent shuttle buses connect the SLU, FHCRC, UWMC and SCRI campuses. 

Research

Our Division's major investigative efforts focus on the immunopathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and scleroderma.; clinical outcomes in RA, osteoporosis, and ageing; and clinical trials. Currently, the Division has 10 full-time faculty investigators.

ACGME Accredited

The UW Fellowship Program is nationally recognized as one of the longest-standing NIH-funded programs in the country. Coupled with world-class research/mentorship and comprehensive clinical training, UW is an ideal program for any prospective fellow interested in a career in academic medicine.

Our training program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for the Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program has no citations on record and was commended by the ACGME in 2020 for its demonstrated compliance with ACGME Program Requirements and absence of citations. We typically accept 3 new ACGME fellows each year. 

Find out more about applying to our Fellowship Program.