We offer three core training pathways to individualize the fellowship experience. All three pathways involve full-time clinical training in the first year, followed by highly specialized training experiences in the second year (and third year for physician-scientist fellows).  

Physician-Scientist

The Physician-Scientist Pathway within the UW Rheumatology fellowship training program is designed for graduates of Internal Medicine residency programs who desire a career in academic medicine with a focus on research. This three-year pathway is designed to prepare fellows for productive careers as independent investigators in basic, translational, or clinical/epidemiology research. Prior experience in research is helpful but not required for this pathway. The first year is devoted to developing clinical skills, an independent research plan, and a mentorship structure. The second year is devoted largely to the fellow’s research project and publication of findings. The third year focuses on continued research activity, continued scholarly production and pursuit of multi-year mentored training opportunities.

Our NIH T32 training grant supports formal coursework in the second and third years of training, including Master of Science degrees in clinical research and epidemiology (through the UW School of Public Health). In addition to close guidance from primary mentors, fellows receive regular career guidance through a customized Scholarship Oversight and Mentorship Committee.

Clinician-Educator

The Clinician-Educator pathway within the UW Rheumatology fellowship training program is designed for graduates of Internal Medicine residency programs who desire a career in academic medicine with a focus on patient care, medical education, and education administration. The first year is devoted to developing clinical skills, an independent research plan, and a mentorship structure. The second year offers an array of opportunities for clinical specialization through multi-disciplinary clinics and MSK-ultrasound training. In addition to a scholarly project, Clinician-Educator fellows complete a curriculum improvement project, give formal teaching presentations to other trainees, and participate in clinician-educator workshops offered by the Department of Medicine and the Internal Medicine training program. Fellows receive regular career guidance through a customized Scholarship Oversight and Mentorship Committee.

Clinical Practice

The Clinical Practice Pathway, currently funded by the Arthritis Foundation, is designed for graduates of Internal Medicine residency programs who desire a career in community practice, particularly in underserved communities in the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. The first year is devoted to developing clinical skills, scholarly/quality improvement projects, and a mentorship structure. The second year is focused on continued clinical development and specialization through multi-disciplinary clinics and full MSK-ultrasound training. In addition, fellows will develop competency in care for underserved populations, care of young adults transitioning to adult rheumatology care, and utilization of innovative care delivery techniques such as e-consultation and telemedicine. Fellows on this training pathway are expected to represent the training program at Arthritis Foundation community events. Fellows receive regular career guidance through a customized Scholarship Oversight and Mentorship Committee.