Rheumatology Fellowship

Welcome to the Stanford Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Our mission is to train excellent rheumatologists and to prepare them for investigative careers in immunology, clinical rheumatology, or clinical epidemiology related to rheumatic diseases. We take pride in offering our fellows a very broad and deep training that combines cutting edge science with compassionate care. We also acknowledge that each fellow has their own unique background, special interests and career goals. We are committed to personalizing the training experience for each fellow in an environment that emphasizes respect for others, excellence, innovation, diversity, inclusion and social responsibility. Please explore all the opportunities our program, Stanford, and Bay Area have to offer and contact us with any questions. Thanks for your interest in Stanford Immunology & Rheumatology!


Neha Sheetal Shah, MD, Program Director

Audra Horomanski, MD

Rheumatology Fellowship Associate Director

1000 Welch Rd, Ste 203
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Fellowship Recruitment 2022

Thank you for your interest in Stanford Rheumatology! 

2022 Interview Dates

Friday, September 9, 2022

Friday, September 16, 2022

Friday, September 23, 2022

Friday, September 30, 2022

We will be hosting a Meet & Greet with Rheumatology Faculty and current fellows on Thursday, September 1, 2022.

All interviews will be conducted virtually this year.



Fellowship Pathways

Our fellowship's tracks are structured to provide trainees with experiences that align with their career goals. Fellows choose between one of the two tracks below during the first year of the fellowship. Furthermore, the Division of Immunology & Rheumatology has been home to many  budding physician scientists advancing through the Translational Investigator Program at Stanford.

Research Pathway - 3+ years

The Research Pathway at Stanford Immunology & Rheumatology offers clinical training and research opportunities to physicians who wish to specialize in rheumatic diseases. The primary goal of the program is to prepare trainees for an academic career in either basic science or clinical research. Funding via our T32 training grant and additional sources is guaranteed for the 3rd and 4th years of research beyond the initial 2 years of ACGME-accredited training in rheumatology. Clinical training is concentrated into the first year of fellowship allowing for protected research time in year 2 and beyond.

Basic Research

This track is intended for those fellows interested in bench and translational research; this course requires a close affiliation with an established science mentor. The target grant mechanism is the K08 award.

Clinical Research

This track is appropriate for fellows interested in clinical research as a principal career activity; it similarly entails a close relationship with an established mentor. The target grant mechanism is the K23 award. The Division will fund the Certificate in Epidemiology and Clinical research for fellows completing 3 years of training and the full Masters in Epidemiology and Clinical Research for those staying on for a 4th year.

Clinician Educator Pathway - 2 years

The Clinician Educator Pathway at Stanford Immunology & Rheumatology offers training and educational opportunities to physicians who wish to specialize in the clinical practice and education of rheumatic diseases.  Our fellowship combines clinical and teaching experiences into a training tailored towards a career in an academic environment.  The primary goals of the program are to train: (1) outstanding clinicians who will be adept at managing rheumatic diseases; and (2) future academic clinical educators.

Clinician Educator

This track is ideal for fellows seeking to be, first and foremost, outstanding clinicians; training is oriented towards optimizing clinical skills, usually with a special emphasis on a group of diseases as well as on teaching skills. Funding for USSONAR is covered for those fellows wishing to pursue certification in musculoskeletal ultrasound and partial funding is offered toward the Certificate in Epidemiology and Clinical Research.

Fellows' Stipends and Resources

Stipends & Bonuses

Stanford GME offers competitive salaries matched to the Bay Area's cost of living. Please see the GME website for details regarding salaries and benefits. 

Physician Wellness

Our fellows’ physical and emotional well-being is our highest priority. From healthy snacks and the HealthySteps to Wellness program to mindfulness meditation and the WellConnect mental health services, we’ve got your back.  In addition, the Department of Graduate Medical Education (GME) offers additional resources to help support fellows and residents during their training. Fellows can also report a concern anonymously.

Diversity & Inclusion

Stanford Immunology & Rheumatology strongly believes in the value of diversity in our training program and we are focused on recruiting and supporting individuals from all backgrounds.  We support opportunities for those underrepresented in medicine.  Our Divisions goals align with those of the Department of Medicine as well as the resident and fellow led  GME Diversity Committee.

Training Sites

Stanford Health Care

Stanford Health Care serves local and regional populations and receives referrals nationally and internationally. Patients with complex diseases that present major diagnostic and therapeutic challenges are often seen here.  A beautiful new hospital campus offers patients state-of-the-art facilities.  More Stanford Medicine physicians are pioneering leading edge therapies that is changing the way health care is delivered.


Palo Alto VA

A 900-bed, multi-campus integrated facility of hospitals and clinics, and a tertiary referral center. It is also one of the largest VA centers in the country and has won multiple VA distinctions such as designated Centers of Excellence in six programs and is one of the four Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Centers in the nation.  More The Palo Alto campus, located four miles from the Stanford University Hospital, has active medical, psychiatric and surgical services, a spinal cord injury center, blind rehabilitation unit, geriatric research and education center and two clinical research centers. All teaching services are fully integrated with Stanford University Medical Center, and the two hospitals share a common housestaff.


"Valley" (SCVMC)

Located in San Jose, Santa Clara County Medical Center is the main county hospital for Santa Clara County. SCVMC hosts the Level 1 trauma center for Santa Clara County, the regional Burn Center as well a 76-bed Rehabilitation Center specializing in adult and pediatric rehabilitation for trauma, spinal cord injury, brain injury and burn patients.

Why Choose Stanford?

For information regarding our programs

Neha S. Shah, MD
Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director
1000 Welch Rd,  Ste 203
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Johanna Alm 
Rheumatology Fellowship Program Coordinator
269 Campus Drive, Room 4125
Stanford, CA 94305