Division of Rheumatology

Requirements & Application Process


  • Must be a graduate from a North American Medical School that is LCME or AOA accredited or have full ECFMG certification. International medical graduates that are not US citizens must have successfully received a J-1 visa.
  • Must have a current certification in ACLS and/or PALS
  • We will accept a limited number of highly qualified J-1 and H1-B trainees. Consideration for visa sponsorship will be given to highly qualified applicants. Applicants must achieve a composite score of at least a 460 on parts 1 and 2 of the USMLE and a passing score on Step 2CS and 3 on the first attempt
  • Has an active state of Florida Board of Medicine unlicensed physician in training or a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in Florida (at time of start, not needed to apply)

*All requirements must be filled by start date of July 1

View our USF GME policy - Appointment of Residents.

For more information on other GME policies & procedures, please visit the GME Policies & Procedures page.

Application Process

USF Rheumatology Training Program only accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Fellowship Application Site. 

Registration with ERAS is required.

Our program is also committed to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), also referred to as The Match. Applicants will be "matched" to our program using the certified rank order list of the applicants and program director.

Registration with NRMP is required.

Interview Day

Our interview days are typically held on Thursdays in September and October from 8am-4pm. A sample itinerary can be found below.

Sample Itinerary
8 - 8:30 AM Coffee/Light Breakfast & Sign-In
8:30 AM Leave from USF FOB (via bus) heading to Tampa General Hospital (TGH)
9 - 10:10 AM Meeting division director, Dr. Carter, in TGH cafeteria, then touring TGH
10:15 AM Back on bus to return to USF FOB
10:50 AM Arrive at FOB, head to conference room
11 AM - 12 PM Orientation with program director, Dr. Joanne Valeriano in conference room
12 - 12:40 PM Lunch with Division
12:45 - 4:10 PM 1-on-1 interviews, PD session, Morsani tour & group interview with chief fellows will take place during this time
4:10 PM End of Day