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: One
  • Program duration: Three years / Four years for combined fellowship
  • Accrediting body: Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • Match participation?: Yes

Contact person

Latoya Burgess
Box 102509 DUMC
Durham, NC  27710
919.681.4658
latoya.burgess@duke.edu

How to apply

Apply through Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS)

Program director

Rebecca Eli Sadun, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Box 3212, DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919.684.6575
Fax: 919.684.6616
rebecca.sadun@duke.edu

Current fellows

Third Year
Rachel Randell, MD

Second Year
Lauren Covert, MD

First Year
Caitlan Swaffer, MD

Arriving July 2022
Yike Jiang, MD, PhD

Dahima Cintron-Lopez
(Combined Adult and Pediatrics Fellow)

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