The mission of the Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program is to train pediatric subspecialists who can advance patient care, professional education, and research for arthritis and other rheumatic conditions for the benefit of children everywhere.

Hosted in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology, the fellowship program is 3 years long. Year 1 is focused on clinical training at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and consists of outpatient continuity clinics and inpatient consultations. Years 2 and 3 of training are devoted to research. Numerous opportunities for basic, translational, clinical, and epidemiologic research are available at the University of Minnesota, particularly, through the Center for Immunology and the School of Public Health.

Our fellows are actively involved in local community outreach (e.g. The Arthritis Foundation's Juvenile Arthritis Camp) and national professional organizations (e.g. Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance [CARRA], American College of Rheumatology [ACR], and Pediatric Rheumatology Care and Outcomes Improvement Network [PR-COIN]).

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How to Apply

Fellows entering the Program must be American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Board-Certified or Board-Eligible. Applications should be submitted through ERAS. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program's Specialties Matching Service (NRMP SMS). The Pediatric Rheumatology Match is part of the Pediatric Subspecialties Fall Match. Residents should apply during the fall of their final year of residency for a fellowship position that begins in July immediately following completion of residency.

Interested residents should contact the Program Coordinator and/or Program Director.

Meet the Fellows and Faculty

The University of Minnesota demonstrates a commitment to leveraging the transformative power of equity and diversity to advance excellence in teaching, learning and community engagement. Applications from individuals who self-identify as members of underrepresented groups are particularly welcome.

Please Note:

  • Applicants must have completed an ACGME accredited residency program by the fellowship start date. 
  • We accept only applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders), or those who have a J-1 Visa.
  • 3 letters of recommendation are required, preferably to include one from the residency program director.

Stipend & Benefits

This page provides access to information on stipends and benefits for medical residents & fellows

Additionally, each medical fellow receives:

  • Funding of the ABP General Pediatrics Certifying Exam
  • At least $1,500 for professional development
  • At least $300 annually in education funds
  • MN medical license, or MN residency permit if ineligible for a MN license
  • AAP membership with subspecialty section membership

Support Our Program

This program was originally made possible due to the efforts of the University of Minnesota Foundation, and a generous matching grant from The Wasie Foundation. With the heartfelt support of many patients, families, friends, and corporations, we successfully raised the matching funds for the full grant, and we continue to work with the University of Minnesota Foundation to maintain the program’s long-term financial success.

If you are interested in supporting our program, please contact Jonna Schnettler, Development Officer, Children's Health, at (612) 624-5588 or by email at

Click to make a gift online. 

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Current Fellows

Zachary Shaheen, MD, PhD
Fellowship Dates: 2021-2024


Alison Lerman, MD, MPH
Fellowship Dates: 2020-2024


Emily Hause, MD, MPH
Fellowship Dates: 2020-2023
Current Position: University of Minnesota - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Meghan Ryan, DO
Fellowship Dates: 2019-2022

Danielle Bullock, MD, MPH
Fellowship dates: 2014-2017
Current position: University of Minnesota - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Colleen Correll, MD, MPH
Fellowship dates: 2011-2014
Current position: University of Minnesota - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Patricia Hobday, MD
Fellowship dates: 2010-2013
Current position: University of Minnesota - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Theresa Wampler Muskardin, MD
Fellowship dates: 2009-2013 (Pediatric and Adult Rheumatology)
Current position: NYU Langone Health - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine

Contact Us

Fellowship Program Director


Fellowship Coordinator

Gina Finical
(612) 625-3255

For more information on our other medical fellowship programs, click here.