The Division of Pediatric Rheumatology includes 2 physicians, 2 program clinical care coordinators, and support staff. Nearly 800 new outpatients and 2500 established patients are seen each year, either at CCMC, or at one of 5 satellite locations. Common diagnoses seen include juvenile idiopathic arthritis, Lyme disease, spondyloarthropathies, systemic rheumatic diseases (lupus, dermatomyositis, etc), fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain syndromes.
Residents typically rotate through rheumatology as a block elective (4 weeks), but we are happy to work with residents to individualize a schedule. Reading material is provided on blackboard, and hand's-on clinical skills are emphasized. Residents are responsible for rounding on inpatients prior to the outpatient clinic schedule. They are expected to present a topic of their choice toward the end of the rotation. After 4 weeks on the service, residents typically feel confident in their musculoskeletal exams, know diagnostic criteria for the rheumatic diseases, and understand some of the basic pathophysiology involved.