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.
Focus in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
In addition, the Rheumatology Department has a particular interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound, with the availability of one portable and two large devices. Education in musculoskeletal ultrasound is an essential element of the program, and the Fellows are exposed to this innovative evaluative technique by participation in at least one course during their fellowship and they are encouraged to participate in the clinic depending on their level of interest.