Rheumatology Fellowship Curriculum

Research Opportunities

Research is a key educational component to both Rheumatology fellowship tracks. Chronic pain, defined as daily persistent pain for at least six months, costs the U.S. up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity.

At the Wake Forest School of Medicine Section on Rheumatology, our priority is to better understand the mechanisms of chronic musculoskeletal pain and discover a new treatment paradigm for this disabling condition.

Our research focuses include rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, with specialization in clinical and translational research in pain and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Also, it is possible for a fellow with a keen interest in research to apply for and become part of the Department of Internal Medicine's William R. Hazzard Scholars Program. 

Rheumatology Research Initiatives and Highlights

Conferences and Didactics

In the Rheumatology Fellowship Program, faculty teaching in the clinic and on the consult team is supplemented by a complete program of conferences. Our formal two-year curriculum covers fundamental clinical and basic sciences knowledge in rheumatology.

Regular conferences include:

  • Arthritis rounds
  • Research conference
  • Journal club
  • Practice-based learning and improvement conference
  • Radiology and pathology conferences
  • Core curriculum conference

Didactic and Hands-on Instruction

The succeeding time in the program is designed to meet the clinical or research objective of each track. Additional instruction in musculoskeletal ultrasound is also provided.

These learning activities are complemented by the twice-yearly, three-day Carolina Fellows Conferences, where fellows and their program directors from the four North and South Carolina fellowship programs meet for jointly provided educational sessions. These sessions include didactic presentations and hands-on workshops, including cadaver-based arthrocentesis training.

Fellowship Evaluation

Fellows are evaluated on both their activities and progress. Throughout the fellowship, you’ll keep records detailing clinical experience, educational activities and research exposure. These are reviewed with you on a monthly basis, at which time you’ll be given feedback regarding your performance as well as an opportunity to critique your educational experience.

These evaluations are reviewed by the Education Committee, the director of the hand fellowship and the director of the orthopaedic program on a quarterly basis.