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

Our program offers a rich and varied curriculum designed to deepen your understanding of rheumatology. These include the following:

  • Weekly Grand Rounds: Gain insights from national and local speakers on cutting-edge rheumatology topics, staying informed on best practices. 
  • Clinicopathologic Conferences: Collaborate with faculty and specialists from other disciplines to delve into complex clinical cases. 
  • Journal Club Discussions: Critically appraise scientific literature alongside faculty and peers, fostering your research and evaluation skills and staying abreast new developments. 
  • Core Didactic Sessions: Learn from our faculty during live sessions or from national speakers via recorded ACR lectures to explore rheumatology core topics, both for building clinical diagnostic skills and to ace your board preparations.
  • Focused Immunology Course: Solidify your foundation in immunology during a condensed summer course specifically tailored to rheumatology. This yearly curriculum enhances your learning and retention of complex concepts. 
  • Radiology Curriculum: The summer core musculoskeletal radiology bootcamp provides a strong foundation to interpreting skeletal X-rays. You will then solidify your learning throughout the year via the dedicated weekly multidisciplinary rheumatology-radiology conference. There, you'll actively apply your knowledge by reviewing images of real patients you encounter in your clinical rotations.  

Schedule at a Glance

8-9AM               Immunology Bootcamp (July-August)
                           Rheumatology Grand Rounds (September-June)
9-10AM             MSK Radiology Bootcamp (July-August)
                           Journal Club & Clinical Case Discussion (September-June)
10:15-11AM     MSK Radiology-Rheumatology Multidisciplinary Conference

2-3PM               Core Didactics
                           QI Planning
                           CLASS-RHEUM Critical Literature Appraisal
                           Board review questions

Annual Meetings

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

Fellows are also encouraged to attend the Northwest Rheumatism Society's annual conference that 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

Effective communication is paramount for success in rheumatology. Our program provides numerous opportunities to hone your public speaking skills and gain experience presenting to diverse audiences:

  • OHSU Colleagues and Faculty: CPC, journal club, research in progress
  • Physicians in the community: NW Rheumatism Society, Oregon Rheumatology Alliance Post ACR Conference,
  • Other Learners: Internal Medicine residents, physician assistant students, medical students
  • Lay-people: Medical coders, patient groups