Rheumatology Fellowship

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The University of Florida Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship program is the only ACGME-accredited pediatric rheumatology training program in the state of Florida. The UF Pediatric Rheumatology program exists to produce pediatric rheumatologists who will impact the future of clinical care and innovative research for children living with rheumatologic conditions.

The program offers a clinical fellowship training. Applicants must have successfully completed a Pediatric Residency program.

The program’s mission statement is to provide a well-rounded education to Pediatric Rheumatology fellows – starting them on a path to a successful career best suited for them (academic, research, or clinical) as well as enabling them to lead and influence the next generation of physicians.

The program’s vision is to be a leading Pediatric Rheumatology fellowship, within the nation, that provides education and skills necessary in providing state-of-the-art patient care, as well as research skills that will enable subspecialty fellow(s) to contribute to the progress of the program. Program aims include the following:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in all areas of patient care in Pediatric Rheumatology that is appropriate, effective for evaluation and treatment, and for promotion of health by achieving a 90% pass rate on the subspecialty board certification.
  • Develop in depth knowledge about up-to-date Pediatric Rheumatology, biomedical, clinical, and pediatric scientific information and consistently apply this knowledge to patient care as evidence by 50% of clinical fellows having a of 2 publishable manuscripts.
  • Develop and strengthen professional skills, adhere to ethical principles, and demonstrate sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
  • Develop an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and demonstrate the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.
  • Develop the ability to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, and appraise and assimilate scientific evidence to improve their patient care practices.


In the US, it is estimated that there are 300,000 children with rheumatic conditions, but only 229 pediatric rheumatologists. The University of Florida has a rich patient volume and faculty expertise that foster educational enrichment for pediatric rheumatology fellows. UF Health is the only academic medical center in Florida with more than two board-certified pediatric rheumatologists and the necessary collaborating faculty across other closely-related specialties. The UF Health Pediatric Rheumatology service treats more than 2,000 pediatric rheumatology patients from more than 50 of the 67 counties in the state of Florida.

  • Fully funded for 3-year training
  • Variety of pediatric rheumatology experience in both outpatient and inpatient setting
  • Integration of rheumatology and immunology
  • Infusion center
  • Rheumatology musculoskeletal ultrasound experience and certification
  • Elective/rotation with sports medicine, nephrology, and adult rheumatology
  • 5 Mid-level providers

New Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship

The University of Florida College of Medicine, part of UF Health, has been awarded a grant to fund a pediatric rheumatology fellowship as part of a national effort to alleviate the desperate shortage of specialists nationally.


Melissa E Elder

Melissa E Elder M.D., Ph.D.

Professor & Chief
Phone: (352) 294-5252
Renee F Modica

Renee F Modica MD, MSED

Clinical Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 294-5252
Leandra Woolnough

Leandra Woolnough M.D., MSCS

Clinical Assistant Professor
Phone: (352) 294-5252


Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS©). The University of Florida Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship program participates in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP©). Applicants must have successfully completed a Pediatric Residency program. We are now accepting applications for fellows beginning July 1. Applications will be accepted until December 1.

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Past Fellows

Name Year Graduated
Roberto Borgia 2020

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