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