The Rheumatology Fellowship program at Wake Forest School of Medicine is an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited program. Fellows have the valuable opportunity to care for a diverse patient population and see an extensive variety of rheumatologic illnesses. As one of the major medical centers in North Carolina, we see patients from all over the region.

Our fellowship allows fellows to pursue their unique goals, whether they seek a career in clinical or academic rheumatology.

The program accepts applicants who have completed, or are about to complete, internal medicine residency training, are eligible to sit for the American Board of Internal Medicine certification exam and wish to receive further training in the subspecialty of rheumatology.

Program Goals

The mission of the Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program is to produce physicians that 

  • Are clinically competent in the field of rheumatology, and
  • Are capable of working in a variety of settings, and
  • Possess habits of life-long learning to build upon their knowledge, skills and professionalism, in support of a patient-centered approach to healthcare delivery

The philosophy of the rheumatology fellowship training program is to provide the fellow with the resources necessary to undertake a self-directed learning program that will lead to high-level competence in clinical rheumatology, and provide a foundation upon which the fellow may pursue the next level of mentored research training. The resources made available to the fellow are as follows:

  • Large number of patients representing the spectrum of rheumatologic disorders
  • Active clinical and research faculty in rheumatology, and at WFSM at large
  • The resources inherent in a nationally recognized tertiary care medical center
  • A local and regional didactic conference program, and hands-on training in procedures including ultrasonography, relevant to rheumatology
  • Recommended sources for self-directed reading
  • A mentoring program that provides ongoing feedback on training progress and career development.

Education Tracks

Here at Wake Forest Rheumatology, we have two tracks available:

  • Two-year clinical track in rheumatology
  • An additional 1-2 year research track is available upon matriculation to rheumatology fellowship resulting in a certificate or M.S. degree in Learning Health Care System that requires a separate application process.  

Why Choose Wake Forest for Fellowship?

Several current fellows describe what they love about being at Wake Forest and living in Winston-Salem.