Rheumatology Fellowship

The GW Rheumatology fellowship program trains rheumatologists to be successful in all fields, whether in private practice, as academic clinician educators or as physician-scientists. The mission of this rheumatology fellowship training program is to produce physicians who  are competent to act as consultants in the field of rheumatology, are capable of working in both academic and private sectors, and possess habits of life-long learning to build upon their knowledge, skills and professionalism. Graduates of the program have achieved positions of leadership and distinction in virtually all fields related to rheumatology.

 All faculty in both the adult and pediatric rheumatology divisions help train and mentor fellows. Our program has a strong track record of producing both well-respected physicians and academic leaders

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Fellowship Program

The GW Rheumatology Fellowship Program is a two-year advanced medical training program fully accredited by the ACGME. We encourage an optional third year for trainees who wish to pursue a career in translational research.


Fellows train in the diagnosis and management of rheumatic disease through acute inpatient service and their continuity clinic experiences. Training in musculoskeletal ultrasound begins in Year 1.


Fellows receive intense hands-on training in musculoskeletal ultrasound. They continue their continuity clinic experience and are given extensive mentorship as they plan the next stage of their career.


For trainees who secure research funding and are wishing to pursue a career in translational research, a third-year research fellowship is encouraged. Opportunities are available to collaborate with basic scientists and immunologists through the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Training in clinical research and immunology is available for fellows wishing to develop their career as a physician scientist.

Introduction to Rheumatology Lecture Series

Our fellows receive didactic lectures every summer through the Washington, D.C. Introduction to Rheumatology Series. The faculty for this lecture series are drawn from several institutions in D.C., and the series provides incoming fellows with a strong grounding in rheumatic disease and the basics of immunology.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Training

The George Washington University Division of Rheumatology is the only academic division of rheumatology in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with several physicians who have been certified by the American College of Rheumatology in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (RhMSUS) to perform diagnostic and therapeutic musculoskeletal ultrasound.

The George Washington University Rheumatology fellowship program offers trainees hands-on experience with musculoskeletal ultrasound throughout the clinical training program. Graduating fellows have the opportunity to complete sufficient training cases to sit for the American College of Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification (RhMSUS) examination by the end of the second year of fellowship. Training in musculoskeletal ultrasound begins during the first year of fellowship and continues through the end of the second year of fellowship with a focus on obtaining the needed skills to successfully use ultrasound in clinical rheumatology practice.

GW Rheumatology Conference Schedule

GW Rheumatology has weekly didactic seminars and multidisciplinary conferences including GW medical grand rounds, Journal Club, Clinical Case Conferences, Research Conference, Radiology Rounds, Nephrology Conferences and Orthopedic Conferences. GW Rheumatology also participates in the city-wide Washington, D.C. Rheumatology Grand Rounds.

GW Rheumatology Alumni Successes

GW Rheumatology trainees have a 100% pass rate on the ABIM Rheumatology Boards. Graduates from GW rheumatology go on to hold positions in private practice, academic rheumatology, and industry.

GW rheumatology faculty and fellow alumni have served as president of the American College of Rheumatology, as vice president for Public Health Policy and Advocacy for the Arthritis Foundation, as Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow on the Senate Finance Committee, and as fellowship director at National Institutes of Health.

The fellowship program is led by Program Director Rodolfo Curiel, M.D.. We welcome your interest in our program, and encourage you to contact us if you need more information to choose a fellowship program.