The UW Rheumatology Fellowship Program was recently awarded the Arthritis Foundation Cultivating a New Generation of Rheumatologists Award. This award was designed to address the insufficient number of rheumatologists available to serve patients. Without action to train more future rheumatologists this shortage will create increased barriers to care and worse disease outcomes. Our Division will use Arthritis Foundation funding to support an additional Fellow on the Clinician Pathway of the Fellowship Program beginning in academic year 2019 with the goal of increasing the number of clinical rheumatologists in the underserved WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, & Idaho) region.
For over 40 years, our program has trained future leaders in rheumatology care, education and research. Fellows enjoy exceptional opportunities for clinical and scholarly development, and are mentored by American College of Rheumatology masters and NIH funded researchers. Utilizing three distinct hospital-based training sites, we offer our fellows the broadest range of clinical experience, including care of underserved populations. We look forward to expanding the training experiences our program can offer and supporting future clinical rheumatologists through this additional training track.