Curriculum

The rheumatology fellowship curriculum at UW offers rigorous and comprehensive clinical training at three academic hospitals, highly individualized mentorship and career guidance, and a broad range of didactic activities.

Clinical Training

  • Continuity clinics. First-year fellows maintain one half-day continuity clinics at each of the three training hospitals for a comprehensive outpatient experience. Second-year fellows maintain between 1 (physician scientist track) and 3 continuity clinics at the site(s) of their choice.
  • Inpatient consult service. First-year fellows spend 9 – 12 months in 1-month rotations leading the inpatient consult team at the three teaching hospitals.
  • Telemedicine. All fellows are credentialed and trained in delivering care via telemedicine, an essential service during COVID-19 and for our patients with limited mobility or who live in the WWAMI* referral region (*Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho).
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK-US). Depending on training pathway, second-year fellows can pursue comprehensive MSK-US training (100 – 150 proctored exams) sufficient for ACR certification.
  • Multidisciplinary clinics. First- and second-year fellows rotate through rheumatology combined clinics with nephrology (glomerulonephritis), dermatology, neurology (neuromuscular disease), and pulmonology (interstitial lung disease).
  • Specialty clinics. First- and second-year fellows rotate through clinics for metabolic bone disease, physical medicine & rehabilitation, and pediatric rheumatology (at Seattle Children’s Hospital).
  • Outreach clinics. Second-year fellows on clinical pathways may elect to participate in providing rheumatology care at the Tulalip Tribes Clinics (north of Seattle). 
  • Clinical Trials. Second-year fellows on clinical pathways may pursue focused, hands-on training in clinical trials work. The Division participates in 5 – 7 ongoing clinical trials.
  • Quality Improvement. First-year fellows participate in quality improvement training and mentored projects commensurate with their career goals.

Mentoring and Career Guidance

  • Scholarship Guidance Committee. A small committee of physician-scientist and clinician-scholar faculty members meets regularly with first-year fellows to help identify a training pathway and career-appropriate mentors and scholarship/research projects.
  • Scholarship Plan/T32 Application. First-year fellows work with their mentor(s) to develop a comprehensive plan for research/scholarship, which may include an application for support through the Division’s NIH T32 training grant.
  • Scholarship Oversight Committee. In the second (and third) year of training, a carefully chosen group of faculty members (including the fellow’s mentor) meets 2 – 3 times to offer high-level guidance toward career development milestones.
  • Individualized Learning Plan (ILP). A living document maintained by each fellow to record career goals, action plans, and committee recommendations.   

Didactics

  • Kickstart lecture series. First-year summer lecture series covering core topics in rheumatology
  • Fellow’s lecture series. 24-month lecture series covering a broad range of rheumatology topics
  • MSK-Ultrasound. Second-year summer lecture series covering principles of MSK-ultrasonography
  • Educator Workshop Series. 12-month series of workshops for fellows and faculty designed to build clinical education skills and knowledge
  • Radiology Conference. Monthly virtual case conference facilitated by MSK radiology faculty
  • Rheumatology Grand Rounds. Twice-monthly conference highlighting local, national and international experts in rheumatology research and care
  • Journal Club. Twice-monthly sessions discussing high-impact publications in rheumatology research and care
  • Morning Report. Periodic morning report style discussion of challenging and educational cases facilitated by a faculty member
  • Bruce Gilliland, MD Immunology Lecture Series. Annual lecture series focusing on topics in clinical immunology
  • Works in Progress. Fellows, faculty, and research staff present their research / scholarly projects.