The Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program at the University of Arizona has a long tradition of academic excellence and provides outstanding clinical and research training. The Division of Rheumatology recruits two to three new fellows each year, for a total of five to six in the two-year Fellowship Training Program. We are particularly interested in candidates who intend to pursue an academic research career. For these individuals, a three-year research/physician-scientist track is also available.
The goal of the University of Arizona Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program is to prepare graduates to become future leaders in the field of rheumatology, be it in academic medicine, community practice or industry. The UA Rheumatology Fellowship offers a broad range of educational experiences and encompasses the areas of clinical rheumatology, research and teaching. Each of these components includes hands-on practical experience as well as didactic conferences and seminars.
Our clinical component is designed to provide the foundation necessary to achieve a superior level of clinical competency in the subspecialty of rheumatology. Utilizing the teaching facilities at Banner-University Medical Center, Tucson, the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, and the Indian Health Service, our fellows receive intensive training in the care of patients across a spectrum of both common and uncommon rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.
Our research component is customized to the interests and future plans of each individual trainee. It consists of a minimum of one scholarly project per year and participation in ongoing industry-sponsored Phase 2 and Phase 3 studies of novel therapeutic agents in the Clinical Research Unit. More focused experience is available for trainees with specific interests in basic biomedical, translational or clinical research.
Our teaching component allows for the transfer of knowledge to the next generation of providers who will care for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Fellows are given the opportunity to directly participate in the education of medical students, graduate students, other trainees, faculty, and community practitioners.
The University of Arizona Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program is supported by core and affiliated faculty who are internationally recognized for their leadership in the fields of rheumatology, orthopedic surgery, immunology, epidemiology, and other related disciplines. Many have held leadership positions in the American College of Rheumatology, the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, Osteoarthritis Research Society International, and other organizations.
The history of arthritis research at the University of Arizona dates back to 1961 with the work of the Southwestern Clinic and Research Institute (SCARI) sponsored by the Holbrook-Hill Clinic. In 1978, the University of Arizona received one of the original 11 NIH-funded Multipurpose Arthritis Center (MAC) grants, and in 1985, the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC) was designated by the Arizona Board of Regents as one of the four original Centers of Excellence at the University of Arizona.