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Rheumatology Educational Conferences
The fellows in all years of training will be expected to attend the Divisional educational conferences, held Fridays at noon. The focus of the Friday noon conference will alternate by week. These include:

Clinical case conference: Case conference is held every other week. Discussions surround challenging or unusual cases. Both medical and psychosocial aspects of care are discussed.  Physicians, nurses, social work, pharmacy and students of all professions will participate.

Journal Club: Journal club is held once a month. The first year fellow will be expected to present a review of the article selected by the on-service attending.  Articles will be selected based on the timeliness and impact of the publication.

Radiology Conference: Conferences with a musculoskeletal radiologist are held once per month.  Discussions will surround radiographic studies requested to be reviewed by the clinical staff, generally regarding unusual or challenging cases.

Required Didactics

Pediatric Rheumatology Core Lecture Series

While much of the clinical knowledge gained during training will come from direct patient care, there is often not time to hold in-depth discussions in a busy clinic setting.  The division will therefore hold bi-monthly one hour lectures Fridays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in which the fellows will meet with staff to review major diseases and topics in-depth.  The schedule will be such that over the course of the year all topics expected to be covered on the pediatric rheumatology boards will be addressed. Fellows of all levels will be expected to attend. 

Tentative lecture schedule:

Block 1 Basic Concepts of Autoimmunity
  Approach to Musculoskeletal Pain
Block 2 Chronic Arthritis 1: Basic Concepts
  Chronic Arthritis 2: Therapeutics and Outcomes
Block 3 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus  1: Basic Concepts
  Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 2:  Therapeutics and Outcomes
Block 4 Myositis
  Scleroderma (localized and systemic)
Block 5 Overlap Syndromes
  Vasculitis 1: Basic Concepts/Classifications
Block 6 Vasculitis 2: Kawasaki Disease and Henoch-Schonlein Purpura
  Vasculitis 3: ANCA positive vasculitis
Block 7 Vasculitis 4: Behcet’s Disease and other rare forms of vasculitis
  Reactive arthritis (including rheumatic fever)
Block 8 Infectious arthritis (including Lyme disease)
  Immunodeficiencies and the Rheumatic Diseases
Block 9 Autoinflammatory Syndromes
  Non-inflammatory Pain Syndromes
Block 10 Rheumatologic Emergencies 1
  Rheumatologic Emergencies 2
Block 11 Musculoskeletal Manifestations of Systemic Disease (rickets, IBD, metabolic disorders)
  Primary Disorders of Bone and Connective Tissue
Block 12 Malignancies Presenting through Rheumatology Clinic
  Financial and Psychosocial Impact of Chronic Illness on Children and Families

Vanderbilt Division of Pediatrics Core Curriculum for Fellows

Fellows will be required to attend the Vanderbilt Department of Pediatric Core Curriculum lecture series, held Thursdays from Noon – 1p.m.   For first year fellows this is a weekly lecture series running from October through April. Major topics addressed include professionalism, clinical epidemiology, evidence-based medicine, biostatistics, research methodology, study design, ethical principles, manuscript preparation and effective leadership.  The lecture series for second year fellows consists of 3 lectures held in the spring addressing topics of adult learning theory and leadership skills. The lecture series for third year fellows consists of 3 lectures held in the fall addressing team management, medical economics and career planning.

Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds

The Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds is held Tuesday mornings from 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  Speakers are invited both from within and outside Vanderbilt to address a wide variety of topics. Fellows are expected to attend.

Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics Research Conference Series

The Department of Pediatrics Research Conference is held Mondays from Noon – 1 p.m. As with Grand Rounds, speakers are invited both from within and outside Vanderbilt. Fellows are expected to attend.

Adult Rheumatology Conferences

The Vanderbilt Division of Rheumatology and Immunology (Department of Medicine) offers a rich conference series for fellows. The pediatric fellows will have the opportunity to participate in these conferences. This will be particularly valuable to augment their exposure to basic Immunology, which is critical for understanding autoimmunity. This will also promote collaboration between the adult and pediatric rheumatology programs.

Summary of Fellows’ Conference Schedule

Monday:  Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics Research Conference  Noon – 1 p.m.

Tuesday:  Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds  7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Microbiology & Immunology Seminar (Department of Medicine)  3 p.m.     

Wednesday:  Rheumatology Fellows Conference/Journal Club (Department of Medicine)  1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Thursday:  Department of Pediatrics Fellow Core Lecture Series  Noon – 1 p.m.

Friday:  Pediatric Rheumatology Divisional Conference  Noon – 1 p.m.

In a 4 week block this would include:

  • Week 1: Clinical Case Conference
  • Week 2: Journal Club
  • Week 3: Clinical Case Conference
  • Week 4: Radiology Clinical Conference

Pediatric Rheumatology Core Lecture Series  1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 
(lecture schedule as outlined above)

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