Fellowship Program Overview: Division of Rheumatology

The Rheumatology Fellowship Program is a combined program  between  MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  There are two fellowship positions per year, and it is a two-year fellowship program. A third year of fellowship is available on an individual basis for fellows interested in research.

The program has a strong history of training clinical rheumatologists,  clinical educators  and independent investigators for leadership positions in academia. Over  the  last  20  years,  all  of  our  fellows  have  passed  boards  on the  first  try,  about  50%  of  our  fellows have chosen careers  as  clinical  educators  in  academic  settings.  Some  of  our  graduates  have  become division chairs,  program directors, chairs  of  ACR  national  committees.  We  have  received  the  American  College of  Rheumatology,  Rheumatology Research Foundation’s  Fellow  Grant  all but  one  year  since its  initiation in  2001.

All members of the Division have active research or  educational  interests at the clinical and/or translational level; fellows have the opportunity to participate in these efforts, and it is expected  that  all fellows  will participate  in  some  scholarly  activity,  Primary  research  interests  include  database  studies and  clinical  trials in  systemic  scleroderma, vasculitis,  and database  studies  through  the cooperative VA rheumatology database.