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The goal of the Duke Rheumatology Fellowship Program is to equip trainees with the skills required to provide exceptional clinical care, develop innovative research and education initiatives, and promote advocacy for children with rare diseases. The breadth and depth of our division, the department, and the institution as a whole enable us to develop training plans that are flexible and customized to the unique needs and career goals of each fellow.

Duke University is one of the leading medical centers in the world that provides care to a diverse patient population with the full spectrum of rheumatic diseases, in addition to offering a rich and collaborative research environment with opportunities spanning basic, translational, and clinical research. As with most pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs, the Duke Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship is a three-year program (longer for those choosing to pursue a combined fellowship). The first year focuses on developing core clinical skills through work in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, whereas years two and three provide protected time for a focus on scholarly activity. With one to two incoming fellows per year, the program averages a total of four to five fellows at any given time, allowing first-year fellows to benefit from the support of senior fellows, and senior fellows to have the opportunity to assume teaching roles, with the support of nine pediatric rheumatology faculty. 

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Program Overview

Positions offered per year
Current number of fellows


Program duration

Three years / Four years for combined fellowship

Accrediting body
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
Match participation?
Contact person
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Box 2739 DUMC
Durham, NC  27710
919.660.2041 fax
How to apply
Program director
Heather Van Mater, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Box 3212, DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919.684.6575

Fax: 919.684.6616

Current fellows

Third Year
Rheumatology Fellow
Mary Buckley, MD
Laura Cannon, MD

Second Year
Rheumatology Fellow
Rachel Randell, MD

First Year
Lauren Covert, MD

Arriving July 2021
Caitlan Swaffer, MD






We invite you to discover your own future potential for growth, achievement, and professional satisfaction by investigating the possibilities at Duke.

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