Rheumatology Fellowship

The ACGME-accredited Rheumatology Fellowship program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a well-rounded experience in pediatric rheumatology.

Our mission is to prepare fellows for a successful academic career in pediatric rheumatology by providing an excellent environment for patient care, research, quality improvement, advanced training and advocacy. We are committed to meeting the physical and psychosocial needs of our patients, while providing an environment supportive of life-long learning and professional development for our trainees. Towards these goals, we strive to model the highest standards of patient care, teaching, and scholarship.

Our fellows have been successful ambassadors for our program at the regional and national level and our graduates have gone on to become excellent members of the rheumatology community in academic centers and private practice, making meaningful contributions in scholarly activity and patient care.

The program offers a broad clinical exposure to a wide range of rheumatic diseases, with multidisciplinary clinics for Lupus and hypermobility. Ultrasound training is also available during fellowship. Several of our fellows have successfully completed Masters programs such as MPH, MEd, MBOE and MSc during fellowship. In addition, we have trained medicine-pediatrics fellows for board eligibility in both adult and pediatric rheumatology.

What You Need to Know


For our traditional rheumatology fellows, the program is a three-year experience with approximately 12 months devoted to clinical rotations and 24 months to research/electives.

  • The fellows are encouraged and expected to participate in all aspects of patient care within rheumatology and scholarly activities.
  • We support fellows performing basic research or obtaining a master’s in public health or master’s in education. The institution has opportunities for partial or total scholarships for any degree program such as a master’s in public health or master’s in adult education that the fellow chooses to pursue.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow has met the training requirements for Pediatric Rheumatology certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.

All experience is on the campus of Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University Medical Center.

Medical Student & Resident Opportunities

We offer medical student rotations and away rotations for outside residents.

We also participate in the Pediatrics URiM Visiting Resident Rotation 

If you are interested in medical student or resident opportunities, please contact Sarah Jones.

Faculty & Fellows

In addition to physicians, the fellows will have the benefit of having direct interaction with experienced supporting staff, including nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, a specialty pharmacist, occupational and physical therapists and a clinical psychologist.

We are proud to say that our fellow, Samantha Coss, MD, PhD has been featured as a resident research spotlight. Read about her interest in Rheumatology and research.

Application & Selection

Applicants who are applying for the program must be board-eligible or board-certified in pediatrics through the American Board of Pediatrics. Information relative to board eligibility is available at the ABP’s website.

In accordance with Nationwide Children's policy, foreign medical graduates must have a J1 VISA, which will require approval from the Designated Institutional Official and the Rheumatology Program Director.

To apply to the Nationwide Children's Hospital Rheumatology Fellowship Program, please apply via the Electronic Application Program (ERAS) (Applying to Fellowships with ERAS® | AAMC) and register for the match through the NRMP (NRMP | National Resident Matching Program).

Interviews will be conducted August through October and applications will be considered through September 30. While there is an extended period for the application deadline, early applications are encouraged which allows the program and the candidate the opportunity to schedule the most desirable time for an interview. There are a number of days and dates selected for the one-day interview process.

We appreciate your interest in our fellowship program and look forward to reviewing your completed application.