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A four-week medical student or resident rheumatology elective may be scheduled. During the elective, two of the weeks will be dedicated to outpatient rheumatology and two weeks to inpatient rheumatology. Outpatient experiences may include any or all of the following clinics:

During the inpatient elective, students will be making teaching rounds every afternoon. In the morning, they will participate in work rounds with the fellows and students and work ups of new consultations. There are no expectations for students to take call or to attend rounds over the weekend. During the inpatient rotations, students and residents are encouraged to attend the fellows' outpatient continuity clinics on Monday mornings at PCAM and Friday mornings at the VAMC.

Goals and objectives of the rotation include:

  • To describe the clinical picture of the common rheumatic diseases
  • To describe the common pharmacologic therapies used in the care of patients with rheumatic diseases and list some of the adverse effects.
  • To proficiently perform the musculoskeletal exam.
  • To perform at least one arthrocentesis.

The clinical rheumatology rotations are quite popular. Therefore, we encourage interested students to apply early. Contact the fellowship coordinator, Shenique Parham, for more information at 215-662-2789 or email

Medical student and resident research experiences are designed on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in learning more about a research rotation, please contact Mrs. Parham.

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