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The University of Utah rheumatology training program is dedicated to fostering excellent training in the field of rheumatology. It is especially focused to provide house staff and fellow clinical education. We accept two or three fellows per year to a two-year rotating experience in rheumatology. We are an ACGME approved program that must be applied to through ERAS. The three clinical sites are the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics, the George Whalen VA Medical Center and Primary Childrens Hospital. The rich training experience includes but is not limited to:

  • Care of patients in the ambulatory setting
  • Care of patients and consultations for in-patients
  • Development of skills in literature review
  • Development of presentation and conference skills
  • Scholarly projects with exposure to the fundamentals of research design

Unique Program Attributes

We have several carve out subspecialty clinics which offer intensive experiences in a specific disease spectrum.  These include clinics for: Psoriatic arthritis, Systemic Sclerosis, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, and Vasculitis. We also have all fellows spend a few weeks with pediatric rheumatology, doing tele-health and Osteoporosis projects. 

Where do our fellows come from?

While most of our fellows have come from the Univeristy of Utah, fellows have come from North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Poland, and Lybia.

Where do they go?

Since 2006, approximately 1/3 of graduating fellows have joined faculty positions and 2/3 have entered private practice.  Most have stayed in the intermountain area. 



Program Director

Allen Sawitzke, MD

Allen Sawitzke, MD


Associate Program Director

Dorota Lebiedz-Odrobina, MD

Dorota Lebiedz-Odrobina, MD