The Division of Rheumatic Disease has 3 basic missions:
- Clinical Services
To provide state of the art care for patients with all types of rheumatic disease.
To teach medical and dental students, medical residents, rheumatology fellows and to provide comprehensive state of the art CME for physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners and medical assistants.
To be involved in national and international clinical and basic research.
Rheumatology Fellowship Mission, Goals and Curriculum
The University of Connecticut offers a 2 year ACGME accredited Rheumatology Fellowship
Mission: The mission of this rheumatology fellowship training program is to produce physicians that are clinically competent in the field of rheumatology, are capable of working in a variety of settings, and possess habits of life-long learning to build upon their knowledge, skills and professionalism.
General Goals of the Fellowship: The purpose of this fellowship is to train board eligible/certified internists in the clinical diagnosis and management of patients with rheumatic diseases. This includes the comprehensive evaluation of the patient with rheumatic disease both clinically and by laboratory methods and the institution of appropriate management and therapy. The fellow will also develop the ability to expand medical knowledge related to this subspecialty. This will include the ability to access and critically review the medical literature related to the clinical problems encountered during the training period. Attention will also be paid to the development of professionalism, interpersonal communication and an understanding of the systems needed to provide comprehensive care.
Educational Methods: In order to achieve the goals and objectives for the fellowship program, the following experiences have been established for the purpose of teaching Rheumatology fellows. These include: the inpatient rheumatology experience, the ambulatory rheumatology experience, ambulatory rotations with other clinical subspecialties, didactic conferences, core curriculum series, a research experience, continuing medical education and society participation, and development of teaching skills.
An active research component is included within the fellowship training program.
A meaningful research experience is provided with appropriate protected time for each fellow.
The immediate goal of the research experience is for the fellow to learn sound methodology in designing and performing research studies and the correct interpretation and synthesis of research data.