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The Department of Rheumatology at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans offers a 2-year, clinically-based fellowship. This program is intended for Internal Medicine physicians who have completed 3 years of approved graduate training in Internal Medicine in the United States. Passage of the American Board of Internal Medicine examination in Internal Medicine is required for completion of the Rheumatology Fellowship Program.

The program’s purpose is to establish a current broad and firm base of knowledge in rheumatic and related diseases, including osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. The fellowship provides extensive clinical experience in joint and connective tissue diseases as well as the allied areas of immunology and osteoporosis.

The Rheumatology Department has a particular interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound, with the availability of two portable devices at Ochsner’s Main Campus in New Orleans and one device available in Baton Rouge. Education in musculoskeletal ultrasound is an essential element of the program, and the Fellows are exposed to ultrasound by participating/auditing the use of the USSONAR Course under the direction of faculty on a weekly basis.