• To obtain a comprehensive rheumatologic history from patients with musculoskeletal symptoms
  • To perform thorough and appropriate examination of joints, muscles, and periarticular structures such as tendons, bursae, and ligaments
  • To understand the principles and methodology for laboratory techniques used in Rheumatology.
  • To demonstrate competence in performing arthrocentesis in multiple sites. Be able to order correct tests of synovial fluid and analyze results.
  • Demonstrate competency in synovial fluid analyses by light and polarized microscopy.
  • To interpret and clinically utilize specific rheumatologic tests in a variety of clinical situations.
  • To interpret plain radiographs of joints, CT scans, bone scans, arteriograms and MRIs of joints in a variety of rheumatic diseases.
  • To understand when to order different radiographs and test to diagnose a variety of rheumatologic conditions.
  • To interpret and review medical literature in rheumatology and immunology.
  • To understand the principles of epidemiology and health services research.
  • To understand data analysis, biostatistics and meta-analysis for clinical research.
  • To utilize health status, disease activity, functional and quality of life measurements and assessment in research and in clinical practice.
  • To design a clinical trial and begin collecting data. Read text "Studying a Study and Testing a Test: How to Read the Medical Literature."
  • To participate in a mini course on writing case studies and preparing abstracts.
  • To identify and treat common skin rashes seen in patients with rheumatologic diseases, for example: vasculitis, discoid lupus and erythema muliforme.
  • To perform punch skin biopsies and send for diagnosis and interpretation
  • To interpret bone density scans, and treat and order further tests according to results.
  • To diagnose and treat a variety of rheumatologgic disorders in the hospital and clinic environment.
  • To present the differential diagnosis of a patient's problem after completing a hospital or outpatient consultation.
  • To know the pharmacology, mechanism of action, drug interactions, side effects and methods for use of a variety of pharmacologic drugs used in Rheumatology.
  • To learn appropriate prescribing and monitoring practices for antirheumatic medications (NSAIDs and DMARDs).
  • To perform therapeutic aspirations and injections.
  • To attend Rheumatology meetings when scheduling allows and participate in all training courses.
  • To demonstrate ability to work in private practice setting with a variety of patients.
  • Present lectures using PowerPoint and handouts on rheumatologic topics to faculty and house staff.
  • Attend lectures on OSHA regulations.
  • Attend orientation given by hospital on sexual harassment and professional attitude, and other required compliance lectures.