The Application Process: Division of Rheumatology

Fellowship Training Program

Thank you for your interest in the Georgetown University Medical Center Fellowship Training Program in Rheumatology. This is a two-year program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education that fulfills the requirements for subspecialty certification set forth by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Training in Rheumatology is offered to physicians who complete an Internal Medicine Residency Program and are Board eligible in Internal Medicine.

Applications are reviewed in July and August for the July 2023 cycle. Interviews are held on Wednesdays beginning September 7, 2022, and will continue through November 2, 2022.

VISA POLICY: J1 visas are sponsored through MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. We currently do not have the ability to sponsor H1B visas.

How to Apply through ERAS

You should apply for the Rheumatology Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Hospital through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). ERAS is an internet-based applications process developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges to transmit fellowship applications, letters of recommendation, Program Director letters, medical transcripts and other supporting credentials from applicants, residency programs and medical schools to fellowship program directors using the Internet. For information about the process or to register for ERAS on the web, please go to

Upon receiving the applications through ERAS, Georgetown will contact candidates about the possibility of an interview. Interviews will be scheduled in the late summer, and conducted throughout the fall.

The 2023 Application Season and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews will continue to be conducted remotely via Zoom. Once your application has been reviewed, we will reach out to you to formally offer an interview, with options for dates and times. You will then receive further instructions on how exactly your day will be structured.

The Interview Day

In the past our typical interview day began with Rheumatology Grand Rounds, followed by a meeting with the program director, three group interview (2-3 attendings interviewing each candidate at a time), and open discussion time with our current fellows. We plan to stick to this original schedule format as much as possible virtually. While more details about your specific interview day will be provided prior to your scheduled date, we hope the sample schedule below assists in planning your day.

Sample Interview Schedule:

8:00-9:00: Rheumatology Grand Rounds (Conducted by Zoom)

9:00-9:15: Orientation to the interview day with Ms. Mary Jennings Butler (Fellowship Administrator); also conducted by Zoom through a separate link.

9:15-9:45: Program overview with Dr. Daniel Bunker (Fellowship Program Director).                    

9:45-10:05: Interview #1 (timed breakout room)

10:10-10:30: Interview #2 (timed breakout room)

10:35- 10:55: Interview #3 (timed breakout room)

11:00-11:30: Brief wrap up with program director, followed by Q&A with the current fellows (bring your questions- fellows only).

The “Match”

Once you apply to the Rheumatology Fellowship Program and meet with our faculty, fellows and staff, we hope you will choose to rank Georgetown at the top of your list.

Georgetown participates in the National Resident Matching Program’s Medical Specialties Matching Program (MSMP) in Rheumatology Medicine. This is a computerized venue for matching an applicant’s preferences for fellowship positions with program directors’ preferences for applicants. For information about NRMP or to register on the web to participate in NRMP, please go to