Rheumatology Fellowship

Emory University Department of Medicine Division of Rheumatology offers a two-year ACGME accredited rheumatology subspecialty fellowship training program.  Three subspecialty fellows enter one year and three in the alternate year, for a total of six fellows in a given two-year period.  Emory rheumatology fellows have the opportunity to rotate through four hospitals that provide a diverse and comprehensive training experience.  

Fellowship Goals

  • Develop an extensive knowledge base on rheumatic disease develop proficiency in clinical history taking and physical examination
  • Become familiar with all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in rheumatology
  • Become experts in analysis and integration of clinical data
  • Demonstrate excellence in patient management
  • Develop the ability to critically review the literature
  • Develop the ability to design, implement, interpret and present research studies

Learn more about the Rheumatology Fellowship in attached brochure.

Clinical Training

Rheumatology fellows rotate through four clinical sites: Emory University Hospital/The Emory Clinic, Emory Midtown, Grady Memorial Hospital, and the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Emory University Hospital and Emory Clinic

The Emory University Hospital is a 587-bed tertiary care center, with 24,000 inpatient visits per year.  Fellows will have the opportunity to spend 2 months/year leading the inpatient consult service.  The consult service cares for complex patients referred from throughout the metro-Atlanta area, Georgia, and the southeast.  The Emory Clinic is Emory’s outpatient clinic where multiple specialists provide care for 80,000 patient visits/year.  At the Emory Clinic, fellows will have the opportunity to rotate through general Rheumatology clinics, as well as, disease-specific clinics, such as the Emory Lupus Clinic (Dr. Sanz), the Emory IgG4-Related Disease Clinic (Dr. Khosroshahi), the Emory Scleroderma Clinic, the Emory Myosiis Clinic, and the Emory Vasculitis Clinic (Dr. Tiliakos). While rotating at the Emory Clinic, fellows will also have the opportunity to attend Pediatric Rheumatology Clinics at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta site on campus.

Emory University Hospital Midtown

Emory University Hospital Midtown is a 511-bed community-based, acute care teaching hospital located in Midtown area of Atlanta.  While on the Emory Midtown rotation, fellows will have the opportunity to work with Drs. Kaysen, Gandiga, and Wallis in the outpatient setting, as well as, leading the inpatient consult service.

Grady Memorial Hospital

Ever since opening in 1892, Grady has been vital to the health of Atlanta’s citizens providing outstanding… care.  In addition, Grady has held an important place in medical education as 25% of the physicians practicing in the state of Georgia have passed through the doors of this important institution.  Grady is the site of the Fellows Continuity Clinic.  In addition, while rotating at Grady, fellows will have the opportunity to see patients in the Grady Lupus Clinic (Dr. Lim and Dr. Khosroshahi), as well as, lead the inpatient consult service.

Atlanta VA Medical Center

The Atlanta VA Medical Center is one of the six hospitals in the VA Southeast Network.  Under the supervision of Dr. Atkinson, Dr. Sim, and Dr. Iqbal, fellows will have the opportunity to experience continuity clinics, injection clinics, and ultrasound clinics that serve our nations veterans.

Research Opportunities

Research is an important component of the Emory Rheumatology Fellowship.  Fellows are encouraged to find a research mentor early upon arrival.  The Division provides fellows the opportunities to pursue basic, clinical, translational and quality improvement research projects during their two-year program.


Conferences are a vital part of the clinical/research education of our fellows.  Historically, Wednesday mornings have been reserved for the fellows’ conferences and didactics.

Summer Core Lecture Series

At the beginning of the academic year, our faculty present lectures covering various topics in the field of Rheumatology.  Topics include physical exam skills, laboratory evaluation, and disease states. 

Journal Club

Journal Club begins with a multi-week “How to Read a Scientific Paper Course” led by Dr. Drenkard.  This course provides fellow’s the opportunity to learn the basics of critically analyzing the literature.  After the course, fellows and faculty meet for Journal Club twice monthly.

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds occur weekly and are comprised of:  Case Conferences/M&M, Research Conferences, Lecture Reviews, Invited Guest Speakers, and Multi-disciplinary Conferences

Fellows Didactics

Fellows are also exposed to the following didactic sessions: Quarterly Pathology Conferences, twice-monthly Board Review, twice monthly Immunology Review, and Monthly Radiology Conferences.

Program Faculty

Alison Gizinski, MD, MS is the Program Director for the Rheumatology Fellowship Program.

Jennifer Brandt, MD is the Assistant Program Director for the Rheumatology Fellowship Program.

Marcela Santamaria Long is the Manager, Programs and Research for the Division of Rheumatology.

Please review the full list of faculty for the Division of Rheumatology.

How to Apply

o apply for a Emory University Rheumatology Fellowship, please complete an application through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

Application Requirements

In order to be considered, applicants must have completed an accredited three-year internal medicine residency by the beginning of the Rheumatology fellowship program.

A completed ERAS application file will include:

• Completed application form
• Current curriculum vitae
• Personal statement (The personal statement should include a description of previous research and clinical experience, reason for interest in the Rheumatology Fellowship, and an indication of your career goals.)
• Three letters of reference. One letter should be from the director of your Residency Training Program.
• USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3 Score Reports
• Official Medical School Transcript
• ECFMG Report, if applicable
• A recent photograph (optional)

More information about the application process.


The Emory Clinic/Emory University Hospital

During their six months at Emory University Hospital, fellows attend the outpatient Rheumatology clinic where they are exposed to the full spectrum of rheumatic disease, including complicated and unusual cases that have been referred from physicians throughout the southeastern U.S.

Under the supervision of Drs. Ayele, CozmutaKhosroshahi, LawLipson, Waltuck, SanzTiliakos and Tsagaris, fellows become proficient in careful history taking and physician examination with particular attention to the musculoskeletal system. Emphasis is placed on thorough workups and careful clinical follow-up.

In addition to outpatient care, fellows are responsible for all inpatient consultations and daily inpatient teaching rounds. While fellows are on rotation at Emory, they also attend an outpatient orthopedics clinic a half-day each week.

Grady Memorial Hospital

All fellows attend Grady Rheumatology clinic for one full day weekly and follow the same patients for the duration of their two-year training program. Fellows typically see three new patients and 10 follow-ups on each clinic day.

Inpatient consultation rounds are conducted daily, and urgent outpatient consultations are seen in the Urgent Care Center and Emergency Care Center. Additionally, the fellow on rotation at Grady will participate in the weekly full-day Lupus clinic under the supervision of Dr. Lim.

Patients are referred to Rheumatology from an extensive primary care network that includes the medical clinics and community-based practices within Grady Health Care System. Ample time is allotted on this clinical rotation for independent study. Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing studies of patients with rheumatic disease and also to initiate their own clinical projects.

Atlanta VA Medical Center

Fellows on rotation at the VA Medical Center attend three half-day clinics weekly. Two clinics are general Rheumatology sessions, and the third is for new patients taking disease-modifying agents for inflammatory arthropathies and vasculitis.

Fellows develop proficiency in evaluating patients for second-line therapy, counseling patients on their use, and carefully monitoring for efficacy and toxicity. Daily consult rounds and didactic sessions are held with Drs. Atkinson,  Iqbal, and Sim.

In addition to Rheumatology responsibilities, fellows are encouraged to attend daily medical morning report.  While fellows are on rotation at the VA, they also attend the Pediatric Rheumatology clinic for one half-day per week under the supervision of Dr. Prahalad.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept J-1 and H-1B visas?
Yes, if warranted.

Do you offer a 3rd year Research fellowship?

Where do your graduates practice?
Many find excellent opportunities in and around the Atlanta metropolitan area or the southeast region. However, we have had graduates thrive in diverse practice opportunities from coast to coast and in a number of countries. For those who demonstrate outstanding qualities and seek an academic career path (clinician educator or research),our division is always seeking to grow. Several of our faculty were graduates of our program.

What do you look for in fellow candidates?
We seek the usual set of standards: high academic and clinical achievement as well as ethical and personal standards. However, many other tangible and intangible elements come into play when making the final rank list. We evaluate the entire individual. In the end, we ask the question of whether the applicant will add to the overall strength of our program and whether our program will enhance the career path of the applicant. One strength of our program is its diversity. We want you to add to that.

Is your program accredited?
We are a fully accredited ACGME program in Rheumatology.

How much will I get paid?
Our salaries are determined according to institutional and federal guidelines. You can request further information via Emory's GME Office.

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