Foot Bone
Foot Bone by Houghton, KM (BMC Rheumatology) CC By 3.0

Every Wednesday morning, all rheumatology faculty and fellows are expected to meet for Grand Rounds. Invited external or OHSU speakers share their research and expertise on a topic related to rheumatology; faculty and fellows present in-depth clinicopathologic conferences during which other specialty experts are invited to contribute to the discussion. Afterwards, clinical and/or basic science journal club is held, followed by a radiology conference where musculoskeletal images are reviewed with musculoskeletal radiology experts.

Every Friday afternoon, fellows meet with the program director and selected faculty members for a didactic session covering various core rheumatology topics and other specialty topics relevant to the practice of rheumatology and rheumatology board preparation.

One Thursday a month, fellows meet with the program director to work on CLASS-Rheum modules to enhance their understanding of the critical appraisal of the literature.

In July and August, a condensed immunology course is held covering salient immunology and basic science concepts critical to rheumatology. Fellows find that hearing these sessions twice at different stages of their fellowship training enhances their learning and retention of these complex topics.

Throughout the year, fellows are expected to read a major rheumatology textbook as well as seminal papers and reviews relevant to cases encountered in clinic or on the consult service.


All Year:  July - June

  • Wednesday, 10:15-11:00AM - Radiology Conference
  • Thursday, 2:00-3:00PM each month - CLASS Rheum Modules
  • Friday, 2:00-3:00PM - Core Rheumatology Conference

Summer:  July - August

  • Wednesday, 8:00-9:00AM - Summer Immunology Course

Fall, Winter, Spring:  September - June

  • Wednesday, 8:00-9:00AM - Grand Rounds
  • Wednesday, 9:00-9:30AM - Basic Science Journal Club
  • Wednesday, 9:30-10:00AM - Clinical Journal Club or Case Discussion

Annual meetings

All fellows have the opportunity to attend the American College of Rheumatology (ACR)Annual Scientific Meeting. First year fellows may also have the opportunity to attend the ACR's State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium.

Fellows are also encouraged to attend the Northwest Rheumatism Society's annual conference which is held on rotational basis in Portland, Seattle, or Vancouver BC. If engaged in spondyloarthritis research, fellows may also be invited to attend the Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network's (SPARTAN) annual meeting. 

Opportunities to speak

The ability to present to the medical community and to the public is an essential skill as a subspecialty consultant. By providing ample opportunity to our fellows to speak publicly, we hope to advance this skill as much as possible during the two-year program. Opportunities to speak include presenting to:

  • Physicians in the community, e.g. Warm Springs Clinic
  • Peers, e.g. IM residents during the rheumatology core curriculum series
  • Other Learners, e.g. physician assistant students and medical students
  • Lay-people, e.g. medical coders, patient groups