Rotations and Evaluations

Aerial view of River


  • Clinic based learning is complemented by inpatient consultation/team leadership/educator experience; these experiences stimulate system quality improvement and study. To comply with ACGME duty hour rulings, Fellows take call with Faculty every fourth weekend
  • Breadth of learning is complemented by focused learning: weekly required Fellow continuity clinics, general rheumatology clinics, and condition-specific clinics (scleroderma, lupus, joint aspiration, bone metabolism, vasculitis, early inflammatory arthritis, rheumatology-dermatology) comprise the clinic "menu".
  • Care of the general rheumatology patient population is complemented by exposure to our diverse clientele (Hmong, Somali, Russian, Veterans)
  • Experiential learning is complemented by self study and learning at didactics/conferences
  • Clinical training is complemented by research experience. Over the two year training period, Fellows conduct mentored research of their choosing over a total of four months. Abstract presentation at the Annual University of Minnesota Department of Medicine Research Conference and the Annual American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Scientific Meetings are expected deliverables. During this protected research period, Fellows continue to participate in weekly continuity clinics, conference/didactic seminars, and weekend call.

Regardless of the setting or learning activity, integration of basic science, immunology, and pathophysiology into clinical rheumatology, pharmacology, pathology, and radiology is promoted in addition to the promotion of development in all six ACGME core competencies.

Feedback and Evaluation Methods

Fellows receive feedback often and in multiple ways. (Example Below)

  • An entry multiple choice test of knowledge and application.
  • Quarterly electronic competency based E-value®s.
  • 360 reviews completed by by clinic staff and patients.
  • Yearly NBME/ ACR arranged ITE scores and national percentile rankings.

Semi-annually, annually and upon completion of the Program, the Program Director personally delivers summative evaluations to the Fellows. Every three months, Fellows complete confidential evaluations of Faculty and annually evaluate Program elements and the Curriculum. Fellow contribution to Program improvement takes place in the forms of attendance at the Continuity Clinic specific operations meetings, and membership with Faculty on the Education Oversight Committee and the Program Director Feedback Club.

This Program fosters a culture of excellence and professionalism, a climate of continuous discovery and curiosity, and promotes cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity.