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Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship

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The Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program at Children’s National Hospital is an ACGME accredited, three-year training program for physicians who have completed their general pediatric training at an ACGME accredited institution. The program is affiliated with the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Fellows are selected based on excellent credentials, motivation, and a strong interest in academic rheumatology.

The goals of the program are to provide:

  • Comprehensive clinical training in all aspects of pediatric rheumatology in infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
  • An outstanding environment and support for clinical, translational and basic laboratory research training to prepare individuals for an academic career in rheumatology.
  • Foundational skills in medical and patient education.

Up to two trainees per academic year will be accepted.

How to Apply

We accept applications through ERAS and participate in the NRMP match for selection. Applicants are required to have completed an ACGME-accredited pediatric residency.  We will consider applications for a combined Med-Peds Rheumatology Fellowship on a case-by-case basis; applicants should also apply separately to the NIH Adult Rheumatology Fellowship Program.

  • We accept US citizens, Green card, J1 visa and H1B visa holders
  • Applicants must be eligible for a DC medical license
  • We require three letters of recommendation

We interview one day a week from August to October. Multiple candidates may be interviewed on the same day.

Contact Information

For more information about the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship, please call the program coordinator Sandra Damadzic at 202-476-7168. You can also email the program director, Hemalatha Srinivasalu, M.D.

Hemalatha Srinivasalu

Hemalatha Srinivasalu, M.D.

Director, Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Tova Ronis

Tova Ronis, M.D.

Associate Director, Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Children's National Hospital

Robert Colbert, M.D., Ph.D.

NIAMS Participating Site Director

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