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2020 Recruitment Information
Thank you for your interest in our Rheumatology fellowship program at the George Washington University. We are looking forward to receiving your application and learning more about you. Recruitment this year will take place completely virtually following guidance from ERAS. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom on Thursday mornings from approximately 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST from early-September to early-October. Invitations to interview will be sent out in late-August. If you have questions at any time during the application and recruitment process, please do not hesitate to reach out to Priscilla Squire, fellowship program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.741.2255.
The GW Rheumatology Fellowship Program is a two-year advanced medical training program fully accredited by the ACGME.
Fellows train in the diagnosis and management of rheumatic disease through acute inpatient service and their continuity clinic experiences. Training in musculoskeletal ultrasound begins in Year 1.
Fellows receive intense hands-on training in musculoskeletal ultrasound. They continue their continuity clinic experience and are given extensive mentorship as they plan the next stage of their career.
Introduction to Rheumatology Lecture Series
Our fellows receive didactic lectures every summer through the Washington DC Introduction to Rheumatology Series. The faculty for this lecture series are drawn from several institutions in DC and the series serves to provide incoming fellows with a strong grounding in rheumatic disease and the basics of immunology.
The George Washington University Division of Rheumatology has several physicians who have been certified by the American College of Rheumatology in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (RhMSUS) to perform diagnostic and therapeutic musculoskeletal ultrasound.
The George Washington University Rheumatology fellowship program offers trainees hands-on experience with musculoskeletal ultrasound throughout the clinical training program. Graduating fellows have the opportunity to complete sufficient training cases to sit for the American College of Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification (RhMSUS) examination by the end of the second year of fellowship. Training in musculoskeletal ultrasound begins during the first year of fellowship and continues through the end of the second year of fellowship with a focus on obtaining the needed skills to successfully use ultrasound in clinical rheumatology practice.
GW Fellowship Conferences
Utilizing a hybrid of synchronous and asynchronous tools, we have designed multiple educational initiatives to complement our didactic portfolio.
Rocket Rheumatology is intended to be an asynchronous learning opportunity. In the first few weeks as we rolled out the program it was delivered synchronously to ensure we had a format that resonated with our trainees. A single faculty member presents a short (10-15 minute) recorded didactic focused on a very specific topic within rheumatology with appropriate slides. Each Rocket Rheumatology session will be peer reviewed by two members of the Rheumatology Faculty to ensure the content meets the intended learning objectives. It is intended that trainees will watch these videos prior to the synchronous learning occurring during our weekly fellows conference.
This synchronous educational component occurs at the start of our fellows conference each week. Following a brief wellness check-in and icebreaker, we review some board style questions or engage the fellows in a virtual radiology conference. These opportunities allow the fellows to work through board style problems and to hone their radiology skills. Our intent is to broaden this portfolio to include anatomy games such as bone bingo, and a team based knowledge bowl game that will allow synchronous learning to occur in a format that is fun and optimizes interactions while minimizing virtual learning fatigue
At the Elbow
This synchronous learning opportunity occurs during our fellows educational conference time. Harnessing the breakout room function on Zoom, we allow the fellows to role-play counselling a standardized patient (one of the faculty members) how to initiate specific medications. This simulates the “at the elbow education” which would have previously occurred in the clinic workroom. We review drug selection and contraindications, potential risks and side effects as well as required monitoring. The interaction is observed by another faculty member who then provides feedback, re-educates where necessary and faculty weigh in on individual stylistic factors on how they utilize specific medications. This active-learning method allows the fellows to really engage and think about how they counsel patients and it gives them an opportunity to hone their counselling skills in the telehealth environment without the time pressures of the clinic visit. Faculty provide feedback at the time of the encounter while the fellow is still in the break room so that any knowledge gaps can be addressed in real time and to provide a safe and non-threatening environment for the learner to receive this training.
The History Rheum
The purpose of The History Rheum sessions is to ensure our fellows continue to learn about seminal papers and moments in rheumatology history. Fellows pair up with a faculty member to review historical background pertaining to landmark discoveries in the field of rheumatology and record a short 10-15 minute interview of their discussion. We envision these interviews stimulating our fellows to read some of the seminal papers in our field and to reflect on how rheumatology has evolved over the years.