Welcome to the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program at Cleveland Clinic Children’s!

Our program is a fully accredited three-year program in compliance with the guidelines set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Successful completion of our program will guarantee eligibility for specialty boards and create a solid foundation for a successful career in pediatric rheumatology.

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Our fellowship program provides an innovative academic and clinical training to a new generation of leading pediatric rheumatology specialists. We provide comprehensive training in diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative skills.

We also have dedicated time devoted to the pursuit of research, academic and quality improvement projects throughout each year of training. Fellows are provided with an individualized Scholarship Oversight Committee which meets regularly to assist with the process of their projects. Fellows present their research in multiple forums, including the annual Douglas S. Moodie MD Pediatric Research Day.

Our didactics are extensive and our fellows are the lead players in presenting in weekly department grand rounds and journal clubs. In addition to peds rheumatology conferences, fellows take part in a Global Fellowship Research Curriculum which includes a six-part series on foundations of research and bioethics. They also have the opportunity to take part in many professional development programs through Cleveland Clinic's Center for Leadership.

Fellows are involved in all aspects of patient care within the Department of Pediatric Rheumatology. They are the primary caregivers and consultants to a wide variety of patients and are given increased autonomy as they move through the program.

At Cleveland Clinic Children’s, we offer some of the most sophisticated and specialized tests needed to diagnose many rheumatologic problems. We take a multidisciplinary approach to rheumatology. We see patients from Northeast Ohio and across the globe as a tertiary referral center. Our adult rheumatology colleagues in The Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases are ranked as one of the nation’s top divisions in rheumatology in the country with special focus on vasculitis and auto inflammatory diseases. Our team collaborates with other pediatric subspecialty providers (ophthalmology, pediatric dermatology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases), and we encourage patients and families to be active in all decision making.

We are proud to be active members of CARRA, the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance, and participate in multi-center research trials. We also offer ultrasound training with USSONAR, and collaborate with Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto as well as a 5 state collaboration of pediatric rheumatologists known as PENTA.

Our specialized faculty includes 4 pediatric rheumatologists with interests in auto inflammatory disease, vasculitis, juvenile dermatomyositis, transitional care, and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

We are excited to offer this truly unique opportunity for training in pediatric rheumatology at Cleveland Clinic Children’s!

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How to Apply

How to Apply

Our program is sponsored by the National Residency Match Program Specialty Matching Services (NRMP) and participates in the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) Clinical Experience.

Eligible trainees must be graduates of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACMGE) approved residency in the United States. Applications are only received through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and positions filled through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

For more information, please contact:

Angela Robinson, MD
Program Director
Email: robinsa8@ccf.org

Laurie Staltari
Program Coordinator
Email: staltal@ccf.org

Mailing Address
Cleveland Clinic Children’s
Pediatric Rheumatology Department, R3
8950 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
Phone: 216.538.9453




  • 15 vacation days.
  • 5 personal days (interviews, sick time, etc).

Conference attendance

Travel and logistical support is provided to the fellow for presentations at a regional or national meetings.


Please visit the Graduate Medical Education website for more information.

Additional benefits

  • Cleveland Clinic sponsored Pediatric Board Review course available during your PGY4 year.
  • Free iPhone for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Greater Circle Living - $5000 forgivable loan grant.
  • Cleveland Clinic discounts (dining, computers, cellphone carriers, and more).
  • Free access to Cleveland Clinic fitness facilities (state-of-the art cardio and weight machines, Olympic sized swimming pool, basketball courts, fitness classes).

More information

The greater Cleveland area has a lot to offer. Nestled against beautiful Lake Erie, its attractions are diverse and include top notch schools, a fantastic city parks system, excellent dining of all types, a world renowned orchestra, exciting nightlife and concerts, a superb zoo and science center, botanical gardens, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and NBA, NFL and MLB teams whose games are all easily accessible. Fellowship appointment includes competitive salary and full benefits including paid vacation, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, health and dental insurance, and malpractice insurance. Visit the Graduate Medical Education website for more information.



This fellowship is a 3-year program with the last 2 years devoted to research/scholarly activity, which is typical for pediatric fellowships. First year fellows are expected to produce at least one review/case report/case series and one abstract submission. Second and third years will produce at least one in-depth scholarly work, a quality improvement project, and at least one abstract/poster presentation in a national forum during their 2 years of protected research time. Fellows also have the opportunity to produce smaller scholarly projects (case reports, case series, review articles, or chapters) throughout their fellowship as time allows. During the first year, there are 2 month-long blocks devoted to research. During the second and third year, there are at least 8 blocks per year devoted to research with minimal clinical responsibilities during that time.

Fellows will have access to Pediatric Core labs at Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute (LRI), educational classes for LRI, research curriculum through pediatrics fellowship. Funding will be provided by the Center or mentor. In our division, there are 3 board-certified pediatric rheumatologists and 1 board-certified adult rheumatologist, making for an adequate supply of mentors within the division, with a world-class adult rheumatology division providing a supply of secondary mentors. There are opportunities to obtain research and training grant funding for fellows from the Arthritis Foundation, the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Foundation, the Rheumatology Research Foundation, and the American College of Rheumatology.

Outpatient Clinic

  • 1st year (PGY-4): Block 1-9 - 3½ days per week.
  • 2nd year (PGY-5): 0.75 days per month = 6 ½ day clinics per month; ¾ day of clinic per week.
  • 3rd year (PGY-6): 0.75 days per month = 6 ½ day clinics per month; ¾ day of clinic per week.


  • 1st year (PGY-4): 2 weeks of night call/month and 2 weekends/month, all week days when on consult service 10 months/yr. 
  • 2nd year (PGY-5): 1 week of night call/month and 1 weekend/month; 4 weeks daytime consult service.
  • 3rd year (PGY-6): 1 week of night call/month and 1 weekend/month; 4 weeks daytime consult service.


  • Adult rheumatology, vasculitis, ophthalmology, dermatology, pulmonology, physical therapy, sport medicine or radiology.


  • Fellows allotted 15 vacation days and 5 personal dates = 20 days per academic year.

Available Lecture Series

Day/Location Time Topic
Tuesday / Fasenmyer
Tuesday / Bunts Auditorium
Tuesday / Rheum Library
7 - 8 a.m.
8 - 9 a.m.
8 - 9 a.m.
Adult rheumatology Fellow journal club
Pediatric Institute Grand Rounds
Adult rheumatology fellow education teaching
Wednesday / Fasenmyer
Wednesday / Rheum Library
7 - 8 a.m.
8 - 9 a.m.
Adult rheumatology case conference / lecture
Adult rheumatology staff lecture to Residents
Thursday / Bunts
Thursday / Pediatric Rheumatology
7:30 a.m.
10 - noon
IM Grand Rounds
Pediatric Rheumatology Core Curriculum
Friday / Fasenmyer 7 - 8 a.m. Adult Rheumatology case conference

Pediatric Institute Fellowship Academic Series

Research Conference Two each PGY 4-6 Six conference series of two sessions per year directed at each level of learner. Topics include; Requirements of Fellowship Research, How to identify a mentor and SOC, Scientific Writing, Literature Review, How to Prepare and IRB, Database Resources, Abstract Prep and Scientific Meetings.
QI Conference Two PGY4
One PGY5-6
PGY4 consists of an introduction and IHI overview by the Institute director of Quality Improvement. Project selection and design conference lead by a department quality improvement officer at the end of PGY4.
PGY5-6 offers two additional sessions for fellows to meet with department QIOs to discuss progress of project and delve deeper into.
SERS PGY5 Each fellow is assigned a SERS event to review with a task force mentor. Fellow will conduct an investigation, complete a common cause analysis and complete document a report of their findings.
Ethics and Professionalism Twice during fellowship Session one reviews therapeutic options; care of multiply handicapped children; demands for treatment; pediatric palliative care; communication; limiting/withdrawing treatment; minors and end-of-life decision-making.
Session two reviews consent, permission, and assent; professional boundary maintenance; mistakes and truth-telling; DNR orders; death on my shift (logistics; paperwork, coping as professionals); organ donation; professional boundary maintenance; cultural challenges; ethics consultation.
PIRC PGY5 The PGY5 fellow is required to present the progress of their research to the Pediatric Institute Research Committee for feedback and input on design and areas for improvement.
Case Western Reserve CRSP 401 PGY5 The PGY5 fellow will attend a one month, half day, non-degree course offered by Case Western University (financially supported by Pediatric Education). This provides an in-depth introduction to clinical research and statistics.
Foundations in Education Once during fellowship Half day mini retreat focusing on the health care professionals’ role as educators.

Rheumatology Fellowship Application

Applicants must be either certified by the ABP or board-eligible ABP by the start of the rheumatology fellowship.

All applicants applying for the first year fellowship positions will apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We require the following to be included with each application:

  • Application.
  • Curriculum vitae and personal statement.
  • Letter from the current program director.
  • Notarized proof of graduation from medical school with date of graduation.
  • At least two letters of recommendation (in addition to program director's letter).
  • USMLE scores Step 1, Step 2 and Step 3.
  • Additional information such as research activity and community involvement may be included as the applicant wishes.
  • International Medical Graduates must meet the requirements of Cleveland Clinic's Graduate Medical Education.

Interviews typically take place in September and October. The selection process for the actual ranking of candidates will be systematic and consistent and decisions are based on criteria which are directly related to attributes/skills/knowledge identified as highly desirable for candidates in this specialty. Selection decisions will not be based on prejudicial factors or criteria not related to the ability to perform in that training program.

If you require more information or have any questions, please contact:

Laurie Staltari
Education Coordinator
Pediatrics Institute
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave./R3
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216-538-9453
Email: staltal@ccf.org

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