Our Program

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Mission statement

Rheumatology encompasses the evaluation and treatment of a wide array of immune mediated system wide inflammatory diseases as well as the diagnosis and management of non-inflammatory degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

We wish to train fellows to be superb and compassionate practitioners and consultants for the entire spectrum of rheumatic diseases, from complex multisystem diseases to regional soft tissue disorders. 

Our fellowship program likewise emphasizes a strong foundation in research and the critical appraisal of the literature. These skills are necessary to remain up to date with the rapidly evolving field of rheumatology and immunology and to contribute to future advancements of the field and patient advocacy.

Overview and highlights

The Rheumatology Fellowship is a two-year program, and currently trains 4 fellows – 2 junior and 2 senior fellows. Fellows participate in a series of activities designed to foster core competencies necessary to become skillful rheumatologists. Fellows interested in pursuing an academic career may elect to extend their training to a third year with the mutual agreement of a faculty mentor, contingent upon available funding.

  • Continuity clinics at OHSU and the VA Portland Health Care System encompassing the entire spectrum of rheumatic diseases
  • Dedicated regional rheumatology and injection clinics
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound expertise
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Scleroderma clinics
  • Vasculitis clinic
  • Pediatric rheumatology clinic
  • Musculoskeletal radiology curriculum
  • Indian Health Services rural clinic
  • Research mentorship
  • Critical appraisal of the literature curriculum
  • Focus on patient safety and quality improvement
  • Opportunities to lecture to health professional students, medical residents, and primary care providers
  • Outstanding group of faculty dedicated to the education of fellows
  • Amazing geographic location and an exciting Portland scene