The rheumatology fellowship training program, at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of medicine is a two-year program designed to train rheumatologists prepared to pursue either future clinical or academic practice positions. The clinical learning environment promotes physician wellness and patient care that is of the highest quality. We utilize 4 ambulatory sites: USF’s Morsani and South Tampa centers(STC), the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital (JAHVH), and Health Park Clinic; and 2 inpatient sites: Tampa General Hospital (TGH) and the JAHVH. These sites each provide a unique and complementary experience, offering the opportunity to learn to diagnose and manage the vast spectrum of rheumatologic diseases in varied clinical and socioeconomic settings. The weekly didactic conferences balance core lectures, case-based discussions, grand rounds, journal clubs, research conferences, and board review. The curriculum content and didactics are managed by the course director and coordinator through a web-based educational platform. Our program also provides opportunities for the trainees to become proficient in musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasonography and clinical densitometry. The USF continuity clinic and VA clinical sites have ultrasound machines available providing ample access for clinical use. The fellows have access to 2 handheld butterfly ultrasound devices for use on inpatient and outpatient rotations. The division provides opportunities for trainees to engage in quality improvement, patient safety activities, and clinical and translational research. Graduates of our program have a 100% board pass rate, are readily employed, and consistently rate their readiness for practice highly.
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We provide a supportive and safe learning environment with opportunities to engage in high quality scholarly investigation, education, and patient centered care.
We will continually advance our training program to best meet the needs of our patients, trainees, and faculty in the ever-changing field of rheumatology.
We align our values with the ACGME and ACR: