Rheumatology Clinical Track Fellowship Program

First Year

Inpatient Consultation
​The first year is primarily devoted to clinical medicine, with equal emphasis upon training in inpatient and outpatient rheumatology. Fellows rotate among the affiliated hospitals (see below) in which they provide consultation for inpatients with rheumatic diseases. In addition, each fellow spends one month on a research elective that allows them a head start cultivating their particular scientific interest in rheumatology, and another month is spent on an outpatient elective at our dedicated Center for Muskuloskeletal Care (CMC), where the fellow will get exposed to other aspects and disciplines that are commonly involved in the care of our patients. 

Ambulatory Rheumatology
Another integral part of the first year of training in rheumatology are the clinics at the affiliated hospitals. These clinics are where fellows become proficient in the management of outpatient problems with direct supervision from experts in the field. The clinics are organized according to broad disease classifications (i.e., SLE, general arthritis), and each fellow will attend one Lupus Clinic and two general Rheumatology Clinic in various institutions per week. In addition, throughout the year fellows get to participate in the following specialty clinics:

  • Osteoporosis clinic
  • Pediatric Rheumatology clinic
  • Psoriatic Arthritis clinic
  • Connective tissue dermatology clinic (Specialized clinic staffed by trained rheum/derm attendings focusing on skin manifestations of rheumatic diseases)

The clinic experience allows the fellows to learn while providing patient care and to develop a scholarly approach to clinical investigation. In most clinics clinical/translational investigation takes place on an everyday basis. The fellow will have frequent contact with research coordinators and have access to multiple ongoing trials that the fellow can actively participate in, and enroll their clinic patients in.

Clinical Investigation/Clinical Epidemiology
Fellows will attend conferences which provide a core curriculum in clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, and clinical decision-making, exploring the basic concepts in epidemiology and their application in clinical investigation. They will participate in ongoing clinical studies during their elective rotations.

Fellows are encouraged to develop or become involved in an investigation project and obtain thorough familiarity with the methodology of laboratory testing of rheumatic diseases. This may take the form of a small research project in the laboratory under the guidance of a faculty preceptor

Second Year

A continuation of clinical studies and participation in the Lupus and general Rheumatology Clinics, as well as in selected sub-specialty clinics. There is no requirement for inpatient consultation service during the second fellowship year. It is expected that the clinical investigation pursued by the fellow will be of sufficient quality to be worthy of publication and presentation at national scientific meetings.

Third Year

A third year of clinical training is offered to outstanding fellows. The goals of the third year are: (1) to pursue in greater depth clinical studies initiated in prior years, and (2) achieve increased competence in clinical epidemiology/biostatistics and study design.