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The first year of training is dedicated to an intensive clinical exposure in rheumatology, and is based at the main campus of Children's National Hospital, with one-half to one day per week at the NIH. Fellows have elective opportunities and are encouraged to rotate through Washington Hospital Center or NIAMS for experience in adult rheumatology and exposure to clinical protocols. 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 a Masters in Public Health or a Masters in Clinical and Translational Sciences during their second and third years of training. Course work is offered through the George Washington University (GWU) School of Public Health.