Rheumatology Fellowship

Our mission is to provide rheumatology trainees with a broad foundation in all aspects of rheumatology and the appropriate skills required for a successful career in academic rheumatology or clinical practice.

In our two-year fellowship, each trainee will:

  • Acquire the clinical competencies required to evaluate and care for patients with the entire spectrum of rheumatic diseases
  • Develop consultative skills, including working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Acquire skills in musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Establish lifelong, self-directed learning skills to acquire new knowledge and incorporate this effectively into practice
  • Enhance professionalism in interactions with patients, colleagues, administrators and health care organizations
  • Promote the acquisition of skills necessary for the critical evaluation of research results through an understanding of research methodologies, individual projects and critical review of the literature
  • Cultivate awareness of patient safety and improve quality of care through quality improvement projects

Our rheumatology faculty and fellows provide:

  • Inpatient and ER consults to our two major campuses: University and Memorial
  • Outpatient clinical services in our fully renovated Rheumatology Center
  • Research at the basic and translational level 
  • Exposure to clinical trials that are ongoing in the division
  • Education in rheumatology to medical students and residents

Fellowship Structure:

  • Three continuity clinics for the two years, based at the Memorial campus, and one outpatient clinic based at the VA in the second year
  • Inpatient consults divided amongst first and second year fellows on a rotating basis
  • Develop and publish at least one scholarly research project
  • Elective rotations in:
    •  sports medicine and physical therapy
    •  pediatric rheumatology
    •  hand service clinic and occupational therapy
    • musculoskeletal imaging
    • Fellows train in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound.
    • Multi-dimensional assessments from supervising attendings through E*value, chart review, mini- CEX, annual inservice exam, rheumatology OSCE and summary by Clinical Competency Committee.

Fellowship Details:

  • Four GME-funded positions: 2 fellows in each year
  • Participate in NBME match
  • Program requirements for application: 
    • Successful completion of three years in a United States internal medicine residency
    • Successful completion of all steps of USMLE
    • Participation in ERAS
    • Deadline to submit completed ERAS application is September 1st
    • Interviews occur in September through October
    • Candidates are chosen based on their academic achievement, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores and personal interview. Although research and scholarly publications are not required, they are highly encouraged.

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for Applicants




Nancy Liu, MD
Program Director

Fellowship Questions? 

Sierra Williams
Fellowship Coordinator 

Telephone:  508-856-6246

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