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The first year of training is dedicated to an intensive clinical exposure to rheumatology in inpatient and outpatient settings and is based at the main campus of Children's National Hospital. Fellows have elective opportunities in adult rheumatology through Washington Hospital Center, and other subspecialties within Children’s National Hospital. Fellows are also encouraged to rotate in the GW myositis clinic.

Rheumatology Inpatient Service

Rheumatology is a consultation service at Children’s National. First year fellows spend 6-8 months on consultation service. 

Rheumatology Clinic

Fellows will attend the outpatient rheumatology clinic with attending physicians. Fellows have their own continuity clinic for one-half day a week. Fellows are expected to identify new rheumatology patients from their consultations and referrals and follow them longitudinally for three years in their continuity clinic. Fellows are expected to attend outreach clinics with attendings when time permits. Fellows are also encouraged to attend subspecialty clinics such as the combined Rheumatology-Nephrology lupus clinic, Rheumatology-Dermatology clinic, and the Rheumatology-Gynecology clinic.

Opportunities for Trainees

  • Academic Services Assistance Program, provided by the institution, includes training in biostatistics, informatics, software, finance and budget, IRB, leadership training and medical education. 
  • Trainees are encouraged to present topics for the residents and medical students during attending rounds, the resident core lecture series, professorial rounds and medical student education conferences. 
  • Fellows provide informal teaching through the five-minute preceptor technique as part of their supervisory role in both the clinic and consultation service. 
  • Fellows will have opportunity to acquire skills in musculoskeletal ultrasonography. 
  • Fellows have the opportunity to obtain advanced master’s degree.