The department staff includes five full-time, board-certified rheumatologist managers with an annual caseload of 15,000 outpatient visits.
The department of rheumatology has an active teaching conference schedule that is conducted on a weekly basis. Time is allotted for the staff and trainees to attend and interact at conferences four out of five days each week. In addition, trainees are allotted time to attend internal medicine grand rounds as well as internal medicine morning report and noon conferences when rheumatology patients and topics are presented. These conferences allow the trainee to actively participate in the internal medicine teaching program.
The department of rheumatology is actively involved in publications in conjunction with the fellowship program. The department averages one to two publications on an annual basis.
- Diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect joints (arthritis), immune disorders of muscle, connective tissue diseases, immune diseases of blood vessels (vasculitis), and a variety of soft
- tissue inflammatory conditions (bursitis, tendinitis)
- Consultative or ongoing clinical care for the above problems
- Full laboratory support for immunologic studies
- Joint/bursa aspiration and injection
- Consultative services for osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment - osteoporosis disease management program
- Patient education
- Physical and occupational therapy, social services, counseling
- Research studies of rheumatologic disorders
- Interpretation of DXA scans