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A decade ago, the two year Program consisted of two Fellows trained equally between the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) and Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS). Presently, the two year Program trains four Fellows among four complemetary sites which now include Regions Hospital/Health Partners Specialty Clinics and Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). All four sites host a Fellow Continuity Clinic spanning the two year clinical training period. Rotations at all sites combine progressively responsible learning experiences on the Inpatient Rheumatology Consultation Service and in Outpatient clinics.

Hennepin County Medical Center

Hennepin County Medical Center

Hennepin County Medical Center

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is a comprehensive academic medical center and public hospital located in the heart of Minneapolis. Unique to HCMC are monthly joint Radiology and Rheumatology trainee Imaging seminars, the metabolic bone disorder clinic, and a prevalence of patients with SLE in immigrant Asian populations and the younger minorities with severe nephritis. The patient case mix also favors rheumatic complications of hemodialysis and renal transplantation, complications of HIV infection, complications of hepatitis C, crystal-induced arthritis. Inpatient consultation services at HCMC provide Fellows with experience evaluating and caring for a highly diverse multi-ethnic population with complex multi-system illness and social service issues.

University of Minnesota Medical Center

University of Minnesota Medical Center

University of Minnesota Medical Center

University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) is a tertiary care referral hospital and hospital based clinic for the Fairview Health System for the Upper Midwest. As such, the patient population it serves is diverse; disease states include common (psoriasis, temporal arteritis) and less common (multiple sclerosis, CNS vasculitis) ones and patients with a range of no to multi-organ (eg. transplant) co-morbidities.

Clinics include general rheumatology and diagnosis-specific clinics, such as:

  1. Joint-based rheumatology alongside orthopedics: crystal arthropathy, spondyloarthropathy, regional joint pain, degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
  2. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and evaluation of positive ANA
  3. Scleroderma
  4. Vasculitis
  5. Early Inflammatory Arthritis
  6. Rheumatology-Dermatology

Clinics in Pediatric Rheumatology and Orthopedics and instruction in Bone Densitometry interpretation are available. Patient mix in Orthopedic clinics includes individuals with sports and athletic-related problems, fractures, and non-sports related trauma and evaluation of patients for arthroplasty and bone tumors.

Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Minneapolis VA Health Care System

VA Hospital

The Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS) is a modern facility serving a large veteran regional referral population. As such, Fellows develop familiarity with the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and prevention, and treatment of rheumatic diseases frequently encountered in the VA patient population, especially systemic vasculitis, surgical and medical complications of rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthropathies, crystalline disorders. A clinic designated for joint aspirations and use of the musculoskeletal ultrasound is a highlight of the VA block rotation.

Regions Hospital and Health Partners Specialty Clinic

Regions Hospital and Health Partners Specialty Clinic

Regions Hospital

Regions Hospital and Health Partners Specialty Clinic is one of the top 55 urban hospitals nationwide and the only urban hospital in Minnesota to be named a Leapfrog Top Hospital in Minnesota. A Level 1 Trauma Center, it serves patients referred from the Midwest and the rest of the United States. The Inpatient Rheumatology Teaching Service is highly sought after for the opportunity to learn while caring for a high volume of patients with lupus, the vasculitides and complex multisystem illnesses. There are four experienced teaching faculty. The health care system has been recognized nationally for its emphasis and leadership in quality improvement . The Health Partners Institute for Education and Research supports trainees in their research endeavors.