Fellows gain experience in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with the full range of rheumatic diseases and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as technical skills in the musculoskeletal exam, joint aspiration and injection, and interpretation of musculoskeletal radiographs. Longitudinal clinical care allows fellows to gain experience in the management of patients with rheumatic diseases over time, and in the assessment of changes in clinical status and responses to treatment.
The Rheumatology fellowship program uses three main sites: Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, the VA Palo Alto Health Care System hospital and clinics, both in Palo Alto, and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, in San Jose, CA. The diversity of patients at the three sites complements each other well.
During the first year, fellows spend 9 to 10 months on the in-patient consultation service at either Stanford/VA or Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. During the second year, fellows may spend from 2 to 3 months on the in-patient consultation service. During the first year, fellows spend 5 to 6 half-days per week in out-patient clinics. During the second year, 1 to 4 half-day per weeks are spent in this activity. Elective rotations are available in Pediatric Rheumatology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Sports Medicine.