Electives

Private Practice

(required) In this elective, the rheumatology resident is to become familiar with the practice of rheumatology in a private practice setting. He or she should become familiar with the evaluation and management of patients, billing and coding, and staff interaction. The resident will also be exposed to the different types of patients; i.e. medicare, medicaid, and managed care patients in a private setting.

Ortho/Rehab

(required) Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Medicine Elective for Rheumatology Fellows 1 month Rotation:
  • To familiarize the resident with the appropriate evaluation, and indications for orthopedic referral and intervention.
  • To follow the patients through orthopedic procedures (Total joint arthroplasty, rotator cuff surgery and arthrocopies) including the operating room, and post operative course.
  • Learn the proper pre and postoperative care and medical management of patients having orthopedic surgery: preoperative clearance, understand risks and potential complications of various procedures, role of postoperative anticoagulation, risk and treatment of postoperative complications and infection
  • To understand the role of postoperative inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation in patients undergoing orthopedic procedures, and observe rehabilitation sessions as well as learn specific modalities and indications for specific interventions
  • To spend sufficient time observing EMG and NCS to understand the indications, role of evaluating patients, and principles by which the tests work.

Sports Medicine

In this elective, the rheumatology resident will become familiar with sports related injuries and their management. The resident will learn how to diagnose and treat sports related injuries from a musculoskeletal perspective. For addition experience the fellow may observe specific orthopedic injuries which is available at the Florida Orthopedic Institute. The resident also has the opportunity to observe the surgical correction of these injuries.

Pediatric Rheumatology

(required) The goal of this elective is for the rheumatology resident to become familiar with the diagnosis and management of pediatric rheumatology. The resident will learn certain diseases that are rather unique to the pediatric population. He or she will also become familiar with what medicines are safe to use in this patient population and how the medicines need to be adjusted. This rotation will be completed at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL.

Hand Clinic

In this elective, the rheumatology resident is to get exposure to the surgical aspects of management of hand and wrist disorders. This includes, but is not limited to, the surgical correction of arthritic, neuropathic, and tendon disorders. The resident will also learn what rheumatic conditions are appropriate for referral to a hand surgeon and when is the best time to refer that patient.

Foot Clinic

The goal of this elective is for the rheumatology resident to get exposure to the surgical aspects of the management of foot and ankle disorders. This includes arthritis of the foot and ankle, but also plantar fasciitis, nerve disorders, and Charcot joints.

Laboratory Medicine

In this elective, the rheumatology resident will get to see how certain labs that pertain to the field of rheumatology are performed. Special emphasis will be placed on anti nuclear antibodies.

Bone Density

In this elective, the rheumatology resident will get to see how a DEXA bone density is actually performed. The resident the technical aspects of Bone Densitometry, as well as the interpretation and limitations of the technique.