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At Cedars-Sinai, our education and training philosophy is that Rheumatology is a contact sport. Our fellows review every imaging study, pathologic specimen, synovial fluid, and literature article directly. There are no shortcuts – "up-to-date" is not allowed. We go directly to the sources. In this way, we intend to instill good habits that will hopefully last a lifetime.
Our focus is on clinical care. I would wager that our fellows are some of the most capable clinical rheumatologists in the country. We train strong and well-rounded rheumatologists, whose clinical practice is informed by the highest standards imparted by an academic and scholarly approach.
Our fellowship offers an alternate academic tract for those interested in a research career. This requires a third year of fellowship training. Through the very successful clinical scholars program, fellows can be awarded master's degrees or their equivalent in clinical research. Faculty for mentorship is provided from intra-mural as well as extra-mural sources. Research tracts in the fields of clinical trials, epidemiology and health services and outcomes research among others are offered. Cedars-Sinai rheumatology has forged strong and on-going clinical research ties with our sister institutions in the area such as Harbor-UCLA, USC, Children’s Hospital LA, Loma Linda, and CHS-UCLA.
Los Angeles is one of the most exciting cities anywhere in the world to live. In our Cedars-Sinai program there are over 35 attendings in our division, making us one of the most diverse rheumatology programs in the country. Our faculty draws on the extensive collaborative research opportunities that exist at Cedars-Sinai as well as nationally and internationally. In 2011, our faculty were featured as podium speakers at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) annual conference. In the past academic year, our faculty has participated in the development of ACR guidelines to treat Lupus Nephritis and the International Osteoporosis Foundation guidelines for the treatment of Steroid Induced Osteoporosis. Our faculty have taken the leadership in establishing the “Bone Center of Excellence” at Cedars-Sinai. In 2012, we recruited additional faculty members and focused on establishing a "Vasculitis Center of Excellence" at Cedars-Sinai.
At Cedars-Sinai, a fellow should expect to be challenged intellectually and as well as be given sufficient time and freedom for self-directed educational activities. A fellow will find an exceptional amount of mentorship from our outstanding faculty. In the first year, fellows will learn primarily through the performance of direct supervised clinical care of patients at the Cedars-Sinai as well as outpatient continuity of care clinics at that include UCLA- Harbor Medical Center, Venice Family Clinic, LA Free Clinic, and our outpatient clinic at Cedars Sinai.
During the second year the fellows leave Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for rotations at Wadsworth VA Hospital and Sepulveda VA Medical Center but continue their rotations at Venice Family Clinic, LA Free Clinic and the outpatient clinic at Cedars-Sinai. Also, during the second year, fellows take advantage of the unique Cedars-Sinai opportunities to learn in the private practice offices of selected attending staff, as well as optional rotations at Children’s Hospital LA and the lupus clinic at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
During the first year, fellows also decide on their research project which is planned and executed by the fellow with the help of a research mentor. Fellows are given extensive guidance throughout the process and are expected to present their data in abstract form at the ACR annual meeting and publish their results during their fellowship program. The second year is geared towards acquiring additional clinical and research skills because our goal is to train fellows to become critical thinkers, as well as disciplined and knowledgeable practitioners of rheumatology.
As a fellow in our program, you should expect to be listened to, guided, and actively taught the nuances of the field, as well as nurtured and mentored to reach your maximum potential.