The Division of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology offers a 2-year ACGME accredited fellowship for physicians who are board-eligible or board-certified in Internal Medicine. The goals of the University of Maryland Rheumatology Fellowship Program are to:

  • Prepare physicians for independent practice in the diagnosis and management of patients with rheumatic and other musculoskeletal diseases
  • Develop compassionate physicians who deliver patient-centered and equitable care
  • Support trainees in their pursuit of a chosen career path through mentorship in clinical practice, research, and medical education
  • Provide the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for self-directed lifelong learning
Rheumatology Fellows in front of building

This program offers a strong clinical foundation with an emphasis for training physicians for clinical practice. However, it can be tailored for those interested in a physician-scientist or clinical educator career in academic rheumatology. The first year of the fellowship emphasizes clinical training in the diagnosis and management of patients with rheumatic disease. The second year allows for pursuit of scholarly activity with continued clinical training in the rheumatic diseases.

We offer a diversity of training opportunities for our fellows. Our fellows rotate at a variety of academic and community sites, including the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), the Baltimore VA Medical Center (BVAMC), and the University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Institute (UMROI). Many of the rheumatic diseases disproportionately affect women and minority populations. Our urban location allows us to provide compassionate care to the residents of our local community afflicted with rheumatic disease. UMMC also serves as a tertiary and quaternary referral center for the state of Maryland and neighboring states.

Our core program includes the inpatient consultation services and weekly continuity clinics at UMMC and BVAMC. There are weekly divisional conferences attended by all faculty and fellows. Conferences vary week to week and may include a case conference, journal club, rheumatology grand rounds, board review, and dedicated fellows didactic time. There are a variety of electives available such as pediatric rheumatology, lupus clinic, sports medicine, orthopedics, osteoporosis and bone metabolism, and radiology, which provide a comprehensive multi-disciplinary clinical training experience.

Bernadette C Siaton, MD MEdHP
Associate Professor of Medicine
Fellowship Program Director