PREREQUISITE: Requires completion of medicine clerkship.

Mark Goldstein, M.D., is Director of Rheumatology.

In the Rheumatology Division, residents are exposed to a wide variety of rheumatologic disorders, in the hospital, office and clinic settings. Residents are expected to become familiar with signs, symptoms and findings of rheumatologic diseases. They are expected to perform histories and physicals, joint fluid examinations, interpretation of pertinent laboratory studies and imaging procedures during their rotation on this service.

Consultations are seen on a daily basis by rheumatology staff and are often initially evaluated by the medical resident on service. Residents are expected to participate in office and clinic evaluation of patients in three-hour sessions, several days a week, ensuring a diversified ambulatory exposure in rheumatology.

Specific rheumatologic topics are discussed in detail by attendings through several educational forums, including noon conferences, Harrison's reviews, MKSAP reviews and Rheumatology Grand Rounds. Rotations through orthopedics, sports medicine and rehabilitation medicine are an important aspect of this rotation.

A curriculum in basic rheumatology is presented each year to the medical house staff and new developments are stressed at Rheumatology Grand Rounds.