The fellows’ clinical learning will be supplemented by independent reading of textbooks and journal articles and the lecture conference series in which fellows can openly discuss and defend decision making processes in their approach to patient care.
Divisional conferences include weekly didactic research reviews. Monthly conferences involve journal club and case presentations. A bimonthly conference is held with the Department of Radiology to review musculoskeletal X-rays. Departmental conferences include Medical Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality Conference and Medical Ethics. Click here to see At-A-Glance Schedule.
Monthly faculty lectures for rotating residents and students introduce program participants to the differential diagnosis of rheumatic diseases including diagnostic testing and procedures and clinical management. The lectures include the following topics and lecturers:
Musculoskeletal Examination and Joint Aspiration and injection Techniques - Kevin V. Hackshaw, MD
Use of Laboratory Tests - Madhu Mehta, MD
Overview of Rheumatoid Arthritis - Zhanna Mikulik, MD
Overview of Systemic Lupus - Stacy Ardoin,MD
Suggested core readings include the following topics:
Back Pain and Occupational Medicine
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Other Retroviral Infections and Immunodeficiencies
Metabolic Bone Disease and Osteoporosis
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Vasculitis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Miscellaneous Rheumatic Conditions