The Division of Rheumatology has two fellowship positions that open each year.

Applications for 2017-2019 are currently being accepted.

Division paper applications are accepted

Division of Rheumatology
Department of Internal Medicine
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-4761
Fax: (505) 272-3624


UNMH 5th Floor, Clinic B
Phone: (505) 272-3840
Fax: (505) 272-4367

Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Rheumatology Fellowship

Fellowship Program Director

Samuel Lee

Roderick Fields, MD
DoIM / Rheumatology Division
1 University of New Mexico MSC 10-5550
Albuquerque, NM  87131
Phone:  (505) 272-4761

Assistant Fellowship Director


N. Suzanne Emil, MD
DoIM / Rheumatology Division
1 University of New Mexico MSC 10-5550
Albuquerque, NM  87131
Phone:  (505) 272-4761

The UNMHSC, Division of Rheumatology provides ACGME accredited fellowship training in Rheumatology. The Division’s two-year program presently has funding for four Fellows each year. Two Fellows enter the program each year.

The Fellows receive extensive clinical experience at both the University of New Mexico and the Veterans Administration in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There is also a monthly clinical service provided by the Division’s staff at Carrie Tingley Hospital so that the Fellows may receive training in pediatric Rheumatology. In addition to clinical visits, the Fellows receive weekly training in ultrasound guided injections and biologic infusions.

The Program is rounded out with a monthly Didactic Study and weekly Journal Club. The Division requires each Fellow participate in a research project during the program and to attend the annual ACR conference at least once during his/her fellowship.

How to Apply

UNM HSC Fellows must be a US citizen, permanent US resident with valid work authorization, or hold a J-1 visa. Our institution does not sponsor H-1 visas.

Send the documents to:

University of New Mexico
Division of Rheumatology
ATTN: Fellowship Program
MSC 10 5550
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

You may also scan and email
documents to JCremar@salud.unm.edu

The Division of Rheumatology does not participate in the ERAS application program. To apply for a position, please complete the Division’s paper application. The following documents should be sent to the Unit Administrator:

  • The Division’s paper application
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from academic physicians you have worked with in the U.S.
  • A certified copy of your transcript
  • A current, dated CV
  • Passing USMLE scores on Step 1, 2 and 3
  • If you are a foreign grad, a valid ECFMG Certificate with Clinical Skills Assessment certification
  • Green Card, J-1 Visa or documentation of US Citizenship

Chief Fellows

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Bhavsar, MD

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Cabacungan, MD

Junior Fellows

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Bennett, MD

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Yaqub, MD

Past Fellows

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Moore, MD

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Salayandia, MD

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Penmetsa, MD

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Jalil, MD