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Educational/Clinical Experience

Conferences and Didactics

There is an extensive series of conferences offered to our Fellows:

Multidisciplinary Conferences

  • Rheumatology/Nephrology Clinic Pathologic Conference
  • Coding and Documentation Conference

  • Research/QI/Safety Conference
  • Cellular Immunology Research Conference
  • Fellowship Conference
  • City Wide (twice per year)
  • Rheumatology Tele-Echo
  • Department of Radiology Musculoskeletal Conference
  • Department of Rheumatology Radiology Conference

  • Journal Club
  • Case Conference
  • Clinical and Basic Science Didactics
  • Weekly Board Review
  • HSS Biostatistics Online Modules

Attendance is mandatory at all conferences.


The Fellows are evaluated regularly in multiple ways in order to ensure that they achieve competency in each of the six core competency categories. In addition, there is monthly evaluation of the attending staff by the Fellows as well as quarterly evaluation of the Rheumatology Program, again, all in the context of achieving the six core competencies. Other evaluation techniques include mini-CEX, Evaluation by Lay Staff, Patient Satisfaction Surveys as well as competency cards. The evaluation forms are in large measure available online in the New Innovations Residency System.

The Fellows are also required to demonstrate competency in joint aspiration injection and examination under polarized light. They are instructed on the use of the capillary microscope, the use of the screening heel ultrasound device for osteoporosis, and also the essentials of DEXA interpretation and evaluation.

Rotations & Clinics

Each of the Fellows participate in four half-day Rheumatology clinics under the direction of assigned faculty with one of the four clinics being continuity clinic.

Each of the Fellows rotate on the hospital consultation service on a scheduled basis for a two-week period. This provides a broadened and intensive exposure to inpatient rheumatic disease patients including complicated connective tissue/autoimmune disease and vasculitis.

Additionally, there is a rotation to Ochsner Clinic Baton Rouge which provides community-based exposure to additional Rheumatologists with extensive experience in joint injections and musculoskeletal ultrasound for three half-day clinics based on a rotating schedule. During this rotation, the Fellow will also be attending a half-day clinic at St. Thomas Community Health Center to gain exposure to underserved patients requiring rheumatologic evaluation. During that same rotation, there is also a half-day clinic with Orthopedic Hand Surgery. 

To further enhance education and experience with arthrocentesis and injections, an additional rotation in non-operative orthopedics with Darryl Stanga, Orthopedic P.A. to take place on Thursday afternoons in Orthopedic clinic.

There is also a required rotation for one-half day clinic weekly at Children’s Hospital Rheumatology Clinic under the direction of Dr. Abraham Gedalia for experience and continuity clinic to provide education in juvenile rheumatic disease.