How to Apply

The Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. We encourage applications from members of minorities underrepresented in academic rheumatology.

We participate in the ERAS® - Electronic Residency Application Service through the Association of American Medical Colleges and the National Resident Match Program. We accept applications for the upcoming academic year annually in the month of July. Applications are only accepted via the ERAS® website online application system.

Acceptance to the program requires graduation from an ACGME-certified Internal Medicine residency program.

Program Number: 1502512159

NRMP: Detroit Med Ctr/WSU-MI; code: #1295150F1

Requirements for application

  1. Letters of Recommendation -- three letters of recommendation minimum (maximum four), with one of the included letters being from the applicant's internal medicine program director to be arranged to be sent through ERAS. These letters should attest to the applicant's personal qualifications and scholastic and clinical abilities.
  2. USMLE Scores – Competitive academic achievement USMLE scores will be given preference. The applicant must have passed USMLE parts 1, 2 and 3 on the first attempt unless there are extenuating circumstances that affected performance.
  3. All applicants who meet institutional and departmental requirements are individually reviewed by the Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director.
  4. ECFMG Certificate -- International Graduates must include a valid (not expired) copy of the ECFMG certificate with the application.
  5. Only J1 Visas offered. We are unable to offer H1B visas at this time. 
  6. Interviews are extended to those individuals whose applications demonstrate the following (determined through a critical review of the applicant's curriculum vitae, program director's letter, letters of recommendation, and personal statement):
    • Clinical preparedness
    • Aptitude
    • Motivation
    • Integrity
    • Communications skills
    • Varied extra-curricular experiences including community service/volunteerism
    • Leadership skills
    • Advanced degrees (MPH, PhD, etc)

All applicants chosen to interview are interviewed by one or more of the following: the Program Director, Division Chief, Site Director and faculty member.

In the ranking and selection process, the interviewing team assesses the following:

  • Academic credentials (Verification of residency education, USMLE Scores, ABIM if applicable)
  • Clinical credentials
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Research publications
  • Interview evaluations

Interview Process

After reviewing applications, we will invite top candidates to interview in Detroit from September through the end of October each year. During interviews candidates will meet the faculty, talk with fellows currently in training, discuss possible areas of investigative work, and become familiar with the many environmental and cultural strengths of the Detroit Metro area. Interview offers will be sent via email from the Rheumatology Fellowship Program Coordinator.