Rheumatology Fellowship Program Clinical Training
First Year: Most time is spent on inpatient consults at University Hospitals and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center as well as outpatient continuity clinics two half-days per week. Fellows attend rounds are at least three times per week. There are also brief, procedure-oriented consults from the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Urgent Care Center and the UH Emergency Department. Fellows review basic musculoskeletal pathophysiology by instructing in the musculoskeletal integument section for second-year medical students.
Second Year: The second year focuses on outpatient clinics, including continuity clinics – five half-days per week, at UH Mather Pavilion, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and the suburban University Hospitals Health System Chagrin Highlands Medical Center - as well as research and scholarly activities. There are two months of inpatient consult responsibilities. Fellows also participate in an Introduction to Biostatistics course at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, an annual review for the rheumatology boards (at either New York University or the University of California, San Francisco), the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology and an International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) course for DXA scan interpretation and training.
Third Year: Research track fellows may combine clinical and research activities during three years, or focus years one and two on clinical and year three on research work.