Our program is proud to collaborate with the University of Colorado’s adult rheumatology fellowship program and research groups across the University of Colorado campus, providing our fellows a vast array of educational opportunities.
In addition, fellows attend multidisciplinary experiences including conferences and/or clinics with other subspecialists including:
- Sports medicine
- Musculoskeletal radiology
Additionally, fellows attend multi-specialty clinics for patients with rheumatic conditions such as chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (with orthopedics), nephrology rheumatology clinic, and antiphospholipid syndrome (with hematology). Multi-specialty work with rheumatology nurses, advance practice providers, physical therapists and other hospital-based disciplines is also incorporated into the clinical curriculum.
Didactics & Conferences Overview
Fellows are expected to attend conferences and engage in additional local and regional educational opportunities to meet their academic needs. These include, but are not limited to, pediatric rheumatology conferences, adult rheumatology conferences and Grand Rounds.
Pediatric Rheumatology Academic Conferences
The section of pediatric rheumatology’s academic conference meets weekly. Topics range from journal clubs, chief complaint lectures, faculty development, wellness and morbidity and mortality conferences. Topics are designed to complement and supplement clinical experiences. Attendees develop skills within the competencies of patient care, knowledge, and practices-based learning.
Weekly Pediatric Rheumatology Case Conference
Fellows lead a 15 minute “rheumination” – a short review of a clinical concept and then review inpatient cases and issues in outpatient care with pediatric rheumatology faculty and staff.
Academic Half Days
Fellows participate in six academic half days each year. During these sessions, fellows review chapters in the Texbook of Pediatric Rheumatology along with review questions. By the end of training, fellows will have completed an entire review of the textbook.
Adult Rheumatology Academic Conferences
Pediatric rheumatology fellows join the adult rheumatology weekly fellowship conference, where faculty and fellows lead lectures within the following categories: scientific basis of rheumatic disease, chapter reviews from Kelley’s Textbook of Rheumatology, musculoskeletal ultrasound, statistics and epidemiology, and orthopedics. Pediatric rheumatology faculty and fellows join the adult rheumatology division’s Tuesday morning academic conference for Grand Rounds, problem case conferences, radiology and other multidisciplinary lectures, journal club and research conferences.
Upon completion of fellowship, trainees will be competent in the diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis in common joints utilizing ultrasound and gain experience with ultrasound guided injections. Fellows are instructed in the fundamentals of bedside musculoskeletal ultrasound, including operation of the equipment, and identification of normal and abnormal anatomy using standard viewing techniques. Fellows learn to perform ultrasound guided injections of joints and tendons, and learn how to input procedures in the medical record.
Interested second and third year fellows are eligible to participate USSONAR (Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists) musculoskeletal ultrasound training and achieve certification in the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology RhMSUS (license for rheumatology ultrasound).