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Conferences for Fellows

Our educational program is designed to:

  1. Provide a broad working knowledge of the biological sciences.
  2. Provide didactic and experiential training in approaches to modern medicine and scientific inquiry.
  3. Allow trainees to acquire experience in medical and scientific communication.
  4. Provide discussion and training in all aspects of professionalism and the other necessary competencies. 

In aggregate, our training program is designed to provide the necessary skills for trainees to focus their talents on investigation and treatment of the rheumatic diseases, and to succeed in careers in academic and clinical medicine.

We have a weekly Rheumatology Grand Rounds that has several alternating formats.

  1. Pathology conferences where a faculty pathologist presents and discusses tissue histopathology from recent cases.
  2. Radiology conferences where a Rheumatology Fellow and Radiology resident jointly prepare and present the clinical background and imaging on patients of interest.
  3. Visiting speakers.
  4. Clinico-Pathological / Morbidity and Mortality Conferences. These are prepared and presented by Fellows who choose cases based on their teaching value.
  5. Traditional Grand Rounds presentations are presented by Fellows and usually consist of an instructive clinical case followed by a relevant literature review. Each Fellow presents 2 Radiology conferences and 2-3 CPC/M&M’s or traditional Grand Rounds / year.

We also have a weekly Core Curriculum Conference. Speakers are drawn from Rheumatology faculty and faculty from other units and covers topics relevant to the entire clinical and basic science curriculum in a two year cycle. We have adopted the recently revised American College of Rheumatology Core Curriculum.

Journal club is held monthly. Two articles are usually presented, one basic science article by a postdoctoral research Fellow or Rheumatology Fellow in the research part of their training, and one clinically-based article, which is presented by a Rheumatology Fellow. Each Fellow usually presents at two journal clubs per year.

A research conference is held every second week and is presented by a faculty member. Many of our faculty are members of the graduate program in Immunology and Fellows are encouraged to attend weekly Immunology seminars of interest.