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Dr. Trinh examines caseThe curriculum is designed to train excellent clinical rheumatologists who have a foundation in independent research and education.


The fellowship is structured into 26 two-week "blocks" each year (or 13 four-week blocks). After orientation, fellows have 4 types of blocks:

  • Inpatient service
  • Elective/selective
  • Scholarship/research
  • Vacation

In general, fellows have 2 blocks of vacation (4 weeks), ~6 blocks of elective, ~6 blocks of scholarly time, and 10-14 blocks of inpatient service each year. See sample block schedule for details. Block start/end dates (including vacation) may be flexible depending on individual fellow and program needs.

Block schedules, clinic schedules, conference schedules, call schedules, and other organization is managed by our fellowship coordinator. Fellows are expected to arrange coverage for most absences and changes, and to be in close communication about any requests for changes.

See the Rheumatology Fellowship Handbook for more details about the program.