Rheumatology Fellowship Program Tracks

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Rheumatology fellows learn the research methodologies and basic science principles that comprise the underpinnings of success in rheumatology practice.

  1. The two-year clinical track teaches the fundamentals of clinical rheumatology, fellows spend additional time in their second year on inpatient consultation service. During the outpatient experience, fellows work directly with the clinical faculty in their practices. Fellows are also expected to participate in scholarly activities leading to abstract submission for presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, the publication of manuscripts and several in-depth reviews of rheumatic diseases.
  2. During the three-year research/physician-scientist track, much time will be spent on basic research. Fellows in this track also will obtain clinical experience with inpatient and outpatient training as defined by the ACGME.

The curriculum consists of a systematic review of rheumatology texts and current literature, along with quarterly open-book exams. Fellows also spend time on inpatient consultations at UH Cleveland Medical Center and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, plus outpatient continuity clinics at Mather Pavilion and Chagrin Highlands. Fellows will have patients assigned to them for whom they are immediately responsible. They are also assigned to a faculty member to provide teaching and supervision of the care. Fellows will be attending rounds are at least three times per week.