IM Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program
The subspecialty of rheumatology includes a wide array of inflammatory, non-inflammatory, and degenerative diseases that affect the musculoskeletal and other organ systems. The purpose of rheumatology training program is to train fellows to be accomplished practitioners and consultants in the rheumatic diseases. A scholarly attitude and the development of a self-directed approach are emphasized in order to maintain an understanding of current concepts in rheumatology. The following outlines the mechanism by which each fellow will acquire the clinical knowledge to diagnose and effectively treat rheumatic diseases as well as serve as a consultant in rheumatology.
Teaching methods include, but are not limited to, clinical experience, didactic lectures, self-learning from recommended textbooks and journal articles, seminars, journal clubs, visiting faculty, case-related conferences, courses at regional and national meetings, grand rounds, quizzes, computer-based activities and a yearly in-service training examination. Our intent is to provide an educational milieu in which the fellow can optimize their learning potential by allowing them to receive training in the basic sciences, epidemiology, symptomatology, physical findings, pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of each rheumatologic disease. Fellows additionally receive instruction on the emotional and socioeconomic factors that influence or result from the rheumatic diseases.