Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Rheumatology Fellowship

The focus of our program is the development of academic rheumatologists and scientists competent in the treatment and investigation of rheumatic diseases. The fellowship consists of a first year of comprehensive inpatient and ambulatory clinical rheumatology training, followed by a one to two year mentored investigator phase with concurrent ambulatory clinical experience.

The Rheumatology Division has over 15,000 patient visits per year.  In addition to the program at Northwestern Medicine, fellows participate in clinical activities at the Jessie Brown V.A. Hospital Arthritis Clinic, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and Lurie Children’s Hospital. Regular conferences are an important component of the training program. These seminars include Rheumatology Grand Rounds, Clinical Vignettes, Core Didactic Lectures, Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Conferences, Radiology Rounds, Journal Club, and the Chicago Rheumatology Fellows Basic Science Course.  In addition to participating in the organized didactic conferences established within the fellowship program, it is also strongly encouraged that all fellows become members of the American College of Rheumatology as well as The Chicago Rheumatism Society. Participation in the continuing medical education activities of these professional organizations is encouraged and helps foster standards of professionalism and augment the process of lifelong learning.

Further program details, including our Housestaff Manual and a sample training contract, are available on our McGaw Medical Center Graduate Education site.  Likewise, we recommend reading through our FREIDA listing (program number 150-16-21-051). 

Please find details about our program via the information below.


Calvin R. Brown, Jr., MD
Program Director


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Erica Zuniga
Fellowship Coordinator

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.