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

Clinical services:

• UNM Health Rheumatology Patient Care
• UNM Medical Group Clinics


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

ERAS Applications for Program 2019-2021 are currently being accepted beginning July 1, 2018.

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

Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Rheumatology Fellowship

Fellowship Program Director

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N. Suzanne Emil, MD

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

Assistant Fellowship Director

Monthida Fangtham, 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

The Division of Rheumatology Fellowship Program accepts applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applications for the 2019-2021 academic year are accepted beginning in July and must be completed by September. Interviews will begin in the middle of September and conclude no later than November 2019.

For Additional Information

Jackie Cremar
Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: (505) 272-4761

Applications must include:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from academic physicians you have worked with in the United States
  • A Dean’s Letter
  • A certified copy of your Official Medical School Transcript
  • A current Curriculum Vitae (dated)
  • Personal Statement
  • Passing USMLE scores on Step 1, 2, and 3
  • Foreign Graduate must have:
    • A valid ECFMG Certificate with Clinical Skills Assessment Certification
    • Green Card, J-1 Visa or documentation of US Citizenship

Hear From a Fellow

Jaren R. Trost, MD, a senior UNM Rheumatology fellow, shared his insights about the Annual 2019 American College of Rheumatology (ACR), held in Atlanta, Ga. Find out how networking opportunities have shaped his exciting career in rheumatology.

Chief Fellows

Fatemeh Farshami

Fatemeh Jafari
Farshami, MD

Jaren Trost

Trost, MD

Jaren Trost, MD

Junior Fellows


David Cisneros, MD


Adnan Kiani, MD

Past Fellows

James Bennett, MD

Bennett, MD

Tej Bhavsar, MD

Bhavsar, MD

Romy Cabacungan, MD

Cabacungan, MD

Basmah Jalil, MD

Jalil, MD

Timothy Moore, MD

Moore, MD

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Muruganandam, MD

Santhi Penmetsa, MD

Penmetsa, MD

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Rolle, MD

Luis Salayandia, MD

Salayandia, MD

Sabeen Yaqub, MD

Yaqub, MD