The training program is designed to provide internists with a strong clinical foundation in rheumatology and to prepare them for careers in independent research, academic clinical teaching and/or patient care. The fellowship curriculum is designed so that the first year is devoted to clinical rotations, providing extensive inpatient and outpatient experience in the care of patients with rheumatic disease.
The second year will be individualized to career goals. For those interested in academic basic science or clinical research, the second year will provide intensive research opportunities with a staff mentor. In some cases, a third year of training may be offered to provide stronger research training. For those interested in an academic career as a clinician-educator, or for those anticipating clinical practice, the second year focuses on extensive experience in the care of patients with rheumatic disease with experience in teaching residents and medical students. In some cases, an optional third year may be offered with the candidate functioning as an associate. This is an opportunity to continue extensive patient and teaching opportunities on a more independent level.
The mission of our rheumatology fellowship training program is to produce academic and practicing physicians that 1) possess excellent clinical competence in the field of rheumatology, 2) are capable of working in a variety of settings, 3) possess habits of life-long learning to build upon their knowledge, skills and professionalism and 4) are adept at the critical evaluation of research results and have the foundation for investigation consistent with their career goals.