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Educational Goals & Overview

Residents on the Rheumatology rotation are expected to gain a level of competence such that they can independently manage relatively common and/or acute rheumatologic conditions (appropriately managed by general internists) such as osteoarthritis, gout, infectious arthritis, and localized musculoskeletal problems. For less common or more chronic severe or complex cases such as RA, Lupus, Polymyositis, vasculitis and others, residents will in the process of providing consultations under the supervision of a specialist, learn how to recognize and diagnose these conditions and appropriately refer them for specialty care.

By the end of the Rheumatology rotation residents should:

  1. Master the differential diagnosis of rheumatologic diseases;
  2. Develop skills in performing a rheumatologic exam;
  3. Learn how to do a focused, cost effective workup; and
  4. Learn the principles of treating rheumatologic diseases and understand the short and long term effects of such treatment.

Rheumatology Consult

Rotations on the Rheumatology service will be two weeks in length. Residents will attend weekly Rheumatology Division didactic clinical lectures and basic science conferences. Residents will prepare a didactic conference and provide an in-depth review of some aspect of the basic science or a clinical problem related to the rheumatic diseases. Supervision will be provided by Rheumatology faculty, assisted by the Rheumatology fellow(s).

Before You Start

  • On the day before your consult rotation, page the Rheumatology Fellow. Find out if you should get sign-out on any inpatient consults and what you should expect the first day of your rotation (when to round, where to meet, any didactics or clinic, etc.).
  • Remember, Rheumatology has outpatient clinic on Thursday mornings in Clinic E. You will usually start your morning in clinic and then see consults later.
  • To determine the Rheumatology Fellow on call, go to the OV Intranet > Department of Medicine page. Or call the Operator by dialing “0” and ask for the Rheumatology Fellow on-call. Then to page the fellow, log-in to AMION, go to paging, find the Fellows drop-down menu, and select the appropriate fellow.

Rheumatology Clinic

Rheumatology clinic occurs every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning in Clinic E.

When You Start

ORCHID Clinic Resources:

Wednesday Clinic:
  • Heinze, Emil MD
  • Luc, Penny NP
  • OVM Rheum 2 YrFellow
  • Wong, Andrew MD

Thursday Clinic:

  • OVM Rheum Urgent Rm

Friday Clinic:

  • Clements, Philip MD
  • Luc, Penny NP
  • OVM Rheum 1 Yr Fellow
  • Wong, Andrew MD
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