Fellowship Program

Rheumatology Fellowship Program

The Section of Pediatric Rheumatology in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Chicago offers a three-year Fellowship Program. 
The University of Chicago maintains an ACGME accredited fellowship program in rheumatology. The goal of this 3-year fellowship program is to prepare post doctoral fellows in Rheumatology for teaching, patient care and research.
At the completion of training, each fellow will:

  • Demonstrate a broad and in-depth understanding of childhood rheumatic diseases
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic science concepts important in the pathogenesis and treatment of childhood rheumatic diseases
  • Exhibit a working knowledge of federal, state and local community resources available to support families and children with rheumatic diseases
  • Demonstrate skills in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of rheumatic diseases
  • Be experienced in participating in a wide variety of multidisciplinary teams
  • Participate in meaningful research and become familiar with research methods used in rheumatology
  • Complete a research project and present it at a scientific meeting and submit it to a peer reviewed journal for publication

Throughout all years of the Fellowship, the Fellows follow their own patients starting from diagnosis and continuing with follow-up care in the outpatient clinic.  During research time, Fellows will usually continue to follow and care for their own patients in the clinic (one day per week).  The Fellows attend and participate in multidisciplinary meetings Rheumatology Case Conference, Rheumatology Journal Club and Combined Adult and Pediatric Rheumatology Rounds.  The Department of Pediatrics conducts numerous other conferences including Pediatric Grand Rounds, Pediatric Chief of Service Rounds, Pediatric Morbidity and Mortality Conference and Morning Report.

To be eligible for the Fellowship Program, the candidate must have an MD degree, and the qualifications to obtain a license to practice medicine in the State of Illinois. The candidate must be a Resident in Pediatrics at the PL-2 level or higher at an ACGME accredited program or have completed this training. Upon completion of a Pediatric Residency Program, the candidate must become eligible to take board examinations in Pediatrics offered by the American Board of Pediatrics. For candidates that lack these specific qualifications, such as those applying from outside of the United States, applications may be considered on an individual basis.
The applications for 1st year fellowships will be handled through the ERAS program, http://www.aamc.org/audienceeras.htm and will include three letters of recommendation from medical faculty that are familiar with the candidate’s work in pediatrics and/or research. The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
For general questions please contact:

Karen Onel, MD
Director of Rheumatology Training
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Avenue MC5044
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-2232