Rheumatology Fellowship


Program Overview

The University of South Florida's Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program is an ACGME-accredited, two-year program designed to train outstanding rheumatologists prepared to pursue future academic or non-academic practice positions. USF health is an outstanding environment to learn rheumatology as the patient population is diverse, the spectrum of disease remarkable, and the faculty expertise outstanding.

Mission Statement

The primary goal of the USF Rheumatology Training Program is to foster an environment in which our fellows can excel in all areas of the ACGME's Six Core Competencies, which we truly believe are vital to becoming an outstanding Rheumatologist with a commitment to lifelong learning. The focus is to provide continuous exposure to the necessary fund of knowledge through varied didactics and couple this with the opportunity, through clinical exposure, to practice and continue to strive to master the skills and attitudes necessary to provide the highest level of care to patients with rheumatic disease. We in the Division of Rheumatology are committed to ensuring that this fellowship be the continuation of a professional career in which our trainees are given the tools (knowledge and skill set), motivation, and desire to continue a lifetime of learning and continual self-reflection and professional growth.


Program Director & Professor of Medicine: Joanne Valeriano, M.D.
Associate Program Director & Clinical Associate Professor: Helen Bateman, M.D.
USF Division Chief & Professor of Medicine: John D. Carter, M.D.
Assistant Professor: Yih Chang Lin, M.D.
VA Division Chief & Clinical Associate Professor: Marcos Maldonado, M.D.

For more information on our faculty, please visit our Faculty page.