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Train with GW Rheumatology

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.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Training

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 Rheumatology Conference Schedule

GW Rheumatology has weekly didactic seminars and multidisciplinary conferences including GW medical grand rounds, Journal Club, Clinical Case Conferences, Research Conference, Radiology Rounds, Nephrology Conferences and Orthopedic Conferences. GW Rheumatology also participates in the city-wide Washington, D.C. Rheumatology Grand Rounds.


Resident Electives

Data shows that rotating though electives during residency improves scores on the American Board of Internal Medicine Certification Examination. Rotating through a Rheumatology Elective during residency improves medical knowledge and clinical skills. Our faculty team is committed to advancing the field of rheumatology by providing resident elective training and are frequently invited to speak at resident noon conference. 


Research Electives

The George Washington University Division of Rheumatology strives for excellence in research. We have a dedicated lab on the 7th floor of Ross Hall with research staff and resources to facilitate developing bedside medical observations into hypothesis driven clinical translational research. Opportunities for research electives are available for fellows, students, and residents.

If you would like to apply for a research elective please complete this form.

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