Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine offers a Rheumatology Fellowship.

A 2 year ACGME-accredited training cycle for ABIM board eligibility is done by all trainees. We offer 3 choices of Training Tracks:

  1. Clinical Practice or Academic Clinician Scholar 2 Year Training Track
  2. Academic Rheumatology 3 Year Clinical-Translational Research Training Track
  3. Academic Rheumatology 3 Year Basic Research Training Track

The partitioning of time between clinical and research experience will depend on the interests and needs of the candidate. A combined Rheumatology and Allergy program is also offered. Fellowship applicants must be on track to have completed three years of internal medicine residency (PGY 1-3) by the time the Rheumatology training program is to commence.

All Training Tracks feature highly diverse clinical inpatient and outpatient experiences, with outpatient continuity clinics at 4 different sites (UC San Diego Hillcrest, UC San Diego La Jolla, VA San Diego, Rady Children’s Hospital Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic). The UC San Diego lupus/autoimmune Wednesday specialty clinic and UC San Diego musculoskeletal ultrasound clinic and formal didactic ultrasound curriculum are core assignments.

Conferences include journal clubs, “boot camp” rheumatology teaching curriculum for orienting the arriving first year trainees to the field, and a 24 month rheumatic disease pathophysiology curriculum. Specialized elective rotations are offered in Medical Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

Clinical and basic research training choices are particularly diverse, and are supported by an NIH-funded T32 training program in rheumatic diseases (Robert Terkeltaub MD as the Principal Investigator), and the large NIH-funded.

Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) award to UC San Diego, with Gary Firestein MD as the Principal Investigator. Choices include clinical-translational research in immune modulation, quantitative genomics and bioinformatics, clinical epidemiology, and outcomes research, as well as clinical trial methodology training at the Center for Innovative Therapy.

Additional formalized training in clinical and translational research, as well as epidemiology and health services research applicable to Rheumatology, can be obtained through the NIH-funded CREST program at UC San Diego. As a component of the CREST program, trainees have the opportunity to obtain either a Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS) or a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree in conjunction with San Diego State University School of Public Health.

Basic research opportunities in innate and adaptive immunity, inflammation biology, and translational immune modulation also are particularly diverse, and offered from more than 40 different mentors at UC San Diego (in Rheumatology, Pharmacology, Genetics, Immunology, Biology) and from closely affiliated La Jolla research institutions (including La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LIAI), Sanford-Burnham Institute, and the J Craig Venter Institute.


To apply for a Rheumatology fellowship, you must apply through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service, a service that transmits residency applications, 3 letters of recommendation, Dean's Letters/MSPE, transcripts, and other supporting credentials from applicants and medical schools to Fellowship, Osteopathic Internship and Residency programs using the Internet. For inquiries regarding the fellowship, please email: raifellow@ucsd.edu

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