Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship Program

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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. Camp Cambria, Arthritis Foundation) 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]).

  • Current Fellows
  • Alumni
  • How to Apply
  • Stipend & Benefits
  • Support our Program
  • Current Fellows

    Zachary Shaheen, MD, PhD
    Fellowship Dates: 2021-2025
    Dr. Shaheen began Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship in July 2021.

    Emily Hause, MD, MPH
    Fellowship Dates: 2020-2023
    Dr. Hause began Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship in July 2020.

    Alison Lerman, MD, MPH
    Fellowship Dates: 2020-2024
    Dr. Lerman began Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship in July 2020.

    Meghan Ryan, DO
    Fellowship Dates: 2019-2022
    Dr. Ryan began Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship in July 2019.

    Shawn Mahmud, MD, PhD
    Fellowship Dates: 2018-2021
    Dr. Mahmud began Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship in July 2018. He participated in the Pediatric Physician Scientist Training Program(PSTP) within the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Minnesota. He is pursuing the American Board of Pediatrics Accelerated Research Pathway (ARP).

  • Alumni

    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

  • 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. 

    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

    2022-2023 rates will be determined in November 2021. Stipend rates for 2021-2022 are:

    • PGY4 (FL1): $64,500
    • PGY5 (FL2): $66,500
    • PGY6 (FL3): $68,500
    Medical/Health/Dental/Life Benefits:
    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

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