Rheumatology Clinical Fellowship Program

Mission Statement

The University of Florida Rheumatology Fellowship Program strives to improve rheumatologic care of patients in Florida, our nation, and the world through excellence in medical care, education, and research. We aim to recruit and cultivate humanistic doctors who listen thoughtfully, examine carefully, analyze complex data with expertise, appraise the literature with understanding, communicate with respect, and help their patients make informed decisions. We aim to give our trainees the tools to learn independently after graduation.

According to data from the National Health Interview Survey, approximately 22% of the population has arthritis or other rheumatic conditions. In the United States, the number of patients with arthritis is thought to exceed 70 million. The Clinical Fellowship Program is an important component of this Division’s mission, and offers trainees a unique opportunity to undergo rigorous clinical training in a strong academic environment. The clinical training program is two years in duration with an optional but strongly encouraged third year devoted to research. The consult and outpatient services are very active and clinical fellows participate in the management of patients with a wide variety of rheumatic conditions. Fellows also rotate through the Division’s clinical research units. A strength of the program is the possibility to participate in cutting-edge clinical or basic research with the Division faculty as well as faculty of collaborators based in nephrology, cardiology and endothelial biology, dental medicine, psychology, epidemiology and biostatistics. Fellows from this program have gone on to academic careers as well as careers as superbly trained clinical rheumatologists.

Clinical Fellowship Program

The University of Florida Health Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program in Gainesville is a two-year program offering two positions each year for qualified physicians dedicated to encompassing both clinical and research experience and instruction. Our major teaching facilities include UF Health Shands Hospital (939 beds) and the Malcom Randall Veterans Administration Medical Center (350 beds). Both facilities serve as major referral centers for much of North and Central Florida as well as South Georgia. Fellows have ambulatory care experience rotating in seven faculty clinics including one half-day per week continuity clinic during both the first and second year. Elective rotations in UF Department of Pediatrics and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation are also available during both the first and second year of fellowship. In addition, fellows rotate on an inpatient consult service and perform musculoskeletal ultrasound and joint injections. The division hosts weekly conferences led by a faculty member to include: Introduction to Rheumatology, Rheumatology Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Research in Progress and a Pathology Conference.

Rheumatology Fellowship Application Information and Requirements

For Clinical Fellowship Applications please submit the following via ERAS:

  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (one from the Program Director)
  • USMLE Scores (must past step III prior to starting Fellowship) or equivalent scores
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical School Diploma
  • ECFMG status report (foreign medical graduates only)
  • The division supports J1 Visas only
  • Wallet-sized color photo
  • Applicants must be board-certified or board-eligible in Internal Medicine
  • Applicants must either be, or be eligible to be, licensed as physicians by the State of Florida
  • Interviews are held between August – November of the year prior to starting training

For further questions, you may contact our program assistant:

Christine Dortch
P.O. Box 100221
Gainesville, FL 32610-0221
(352) 294-8203

The University of Florida does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, programs or activities, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics and any University-administered programs or employment.

Current Trainees

  • Austin M. Anderson, DO
    Second Year Fellow
    Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, United States
    Residency: University of Florida College of Medicine – Internal Medicine
  • Susanne C. Anderson, MD
    Second Year Fellow
    Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine United States
    Residency: University of Florida College of Medicine – Internal Medicine
  • Danielle R. Desa, DO
    Second Year Fellow
    Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, United States
    Residency: University of Florida College of Medicine – Internal Medicine
  • Leanne Dada, DO
    First Year Fellow
    Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton
    Residency: Largo Medical Center, Largo, Florida – Internal Medicine
  • Rawaa Ebrahem, MD
    First Year Fellow
    Medical School: University of Al-Mustansiriyah College of Medicine, Iraq
    Residency: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita – Internal Medicine