At the completion of the rheumatology fellowship training, the fellow should have mastered the following Specific Objectives as they pertain to each of the specific goals of the curriculum:
- Clinical competence in a Variety of clinical settings:
- All fellows should have mastered those specific clinical objectives for the majority of diseases seen in the practice of rheumatology, including the uncommon and complicated diseases.
- Demonstrate proficiency as a consultant and/or leader of a multidisciplinary health care team.
- Possess communication skills that will allow the fellow to perform as the health care team leader with peers and professionals.
- Qualities of professionalism and humanistic skills will be demonstrated at a level which serves as a model for trainees at a junior level.
- The clinical proficiency of the fellow will be mastered at a level where they not only demonstrate their proficiency, but are capable of teaching these skills to trainees at junior levels.
- Ability to work in a variety of settings (see Specific Goals)
- Life-long learning:
- Fellows will demonstrate proficiency at attending and participating in conferences, and coordinating conferences, conference topics, and conference schedules.
- Fellows will demonstrate mastery of teaching skills in their interaction with trainees in junior levels of training. This may include supervised teaching interactions with trainees such as junior-level fellows, residents, and medical students.
- Scholarly Activity/ Research Training: All fellows should have mastered those specific scholarly activity/research objectives outlined for the fellowship program.
- Those planning careers as physician-scientists, will have produced sufficient research work to enable them to submit their work for peer reviewed presentation, scientific meetings, manuscript submissions, or grant applications for research funding. Normally, a career as an independent investigator will require one or two additional years of research training.
- Those planning careers as a clinician-educator will have produced a teaching portfolio. There should be sufficient work to demonstrate effective teaching. Normally, a career as a clinician-educator will require an additional year of experience.