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Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the pediatric rheumatology fellowship at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Our hospital is ranked the top children's hospital in Illinois and seventh in the country in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report survey of children's hospitals. Other clinical affiliations include Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (ranked the 13th hospital for adult care) and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (the top-ranked rehabilitation hospital). 

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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine ranks as one of the top research-oriented medical schools in the country. Its clinical sciences and translational research center, NUCATS, functions as an integrated hub supporting and accelerating clinical and translational science across Northwestern University (including six schools), our three nationally renowned clinical partners, our Chicago community and stakeholders, and the broad consortium of CTSA-funded institutions. 

Our three-year fellowship training program generally accepts one fellow every three years but can accommodate up to one new fellow per year when funding allows. The training content is in accordance with the guidelines created by the ACGME’s Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics. The first year of fellowship is weighted toward clinical training; in the second and third years, the majority of time is spent working on research projects.  


As a pediatric rheumatology fellowship training program, we aim to provide superior education for our trainees and guidance from outstanding mentors. Keeping with our belief that quality education is inseparable from our quality patient care, the partnership between the Feinberg School of Medicine and Lurie Children’s affords many opportunities for residents to further their education in a pediatric specialty.

By completing our comprehensive curriculum, our graduates will become:

  • Providers of outstanding clinical care
  • Academic clinicians who perform research that improves patient care
  • Local and national leaders in pediatric rheumatology
  • Skilled professionals serving diverse cultures and populations

 Diversity & Inclusion

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. We encourage a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity, please see the McGaw Diversity & Inclusion page, the Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents & Fellows Forum and Feinberg School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Our fellowship program’s research component offers the opportunity for fellows to design and conduct a substantive research or scholarly project of their own as well as participate in the division’s overall research and QI initiatives. From this, our fellows have successfully published as well as formulated plans for ongoing research and scholarship post fellowship. Fellows are encouraged to seek out mentorship, form relationships and to work in an interdisciplinary manner with physicians and scientists across the larger Northwestern/McGaw community, including not only those in our division and the Department of Pediatrics but also in adult rheumatology in the Department of Medicine (including the opportunity to participate in their NIH T32 training grant), the Department of Medical Social Sciences, the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute and the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. The T32, in particular, offers mentorship and financial support for trainees. Fellows also have the opportunity through the university to pursue specific coursework useful to developing their research skills and, if desired, a master of sciences. The division also participates in national multicenter research coordinated through the Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group and the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance.

 Clinical Experience

The fellowship clinical experience will encompass both the inpatient and outpatient experience. Our division’s attending physicians supervise a resident-run inpatient service at Lurie Children’s and each follow a large panel of outpatients. Outpatient visits to our clinics number over 6,000 per year. In the recent academic year, faculty saw over 1,000 new outpatients at Lurie Children’s and its suburban outreach clinics, in addition to managing the care of over 100 inpatients. Our physicians care for patients with a variety of diagnoses, including juvenile idiopathic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, juvenile dermatomyositis, autoinflammatory syndromes, scleroderma and various vasculitides. One of our physicians is certified in ultrasonography and teaches on a national platform. The division utilizes a team approach to patient care. Members of the team include six skilled nurses and a pediatric nurse practitioner. Our team also includes professionals in social work, physical and occupational therapy and orthotics.

 Requirements & Eligibility

Fellowship applicants must complete an ACGME-approved residency in pediatrics from a U.S.-based institution before entering our program. 

 Application Process

Our program participates in the fall specialties match of the National Resident Matching Program. Applications should be sent through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Interested applicants may also enquire about how to apply outside of the match, if we have any unfilled positions, by contacting our division directly.

In addition to the basic application, the complete application packet should include:

  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE scores
  • At least three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • ECFMG status report or certificate (if applicable)


Discover the many ways our faculty are impacting children's health beyond the hospital.

 Global Health

Each year, as many as 20 third-year pediatric residents travel to Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, Tanzania, to participate in an educational initiative that provides exposure to the management of complex pediatric diseases in a low-resource setting. Learn more about this extraordinary opportunity.

 Why Northwestern?

Why Northwestern?Housestaff training through McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides diverse and challenging clinical experiences and world-class education located in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago. Learn more via the links to the McGaw website below.

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Contact Us

Deirdre I De Ranieri, MD

Deirdre I De Ranieri, MD

Program Director, Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship


DDeRanieri( at )

Pa Zao Lee

Pa Zao Lee

Medical Education Coordinator

Allergy and Immunology, Dermatology, Rheumatology

plee( at )
phone 312-227-1107; fax 312-227-9402

More Information

Further program details, including the housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University site.

Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and formal training programs to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.


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