Rheumatology Curriculum

While at UNMC for Rheumatology, our fellows have a wide variety of opportunities. Didactic information as well as a sample schedule are available for all whom are interested.

The clinical sites, research opportunities and clinical experience all make the Rheumatology fellowship an often sought after program. Below are some of the experiences that we have available for our fellows.

Facilities  
Our fellows train at the Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha Veterans' Administration Hospital & Boys Town Hospital. Each of these facilities provide the fellows with a wide variety of patient populations as well as variety of disease involvement and processes. This variety allows for a comprehensive clinical training as well as exposure to a wide variety of patient populations.
Research Training  

Fellows will participate in either clinical or laboratory research during training. Research continues longitudinally through fellowship and will have more emphasis during certain blocks.

The optional third year of the program is designed for fellows interested in a career in academic medicine. The year is geared toward an active research experience to prepare trainees for the rigors of conducting high quality, externally-funded research.

The Division of Rheumatology is currently involved in a wide scope of research, including clinical trials and basic science research at UNMC and at the Omaha VA Medical Center, including an internationally recognized clinical research program for RA research, the RAIN network.

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Investigational Network (RAIN), under the direction of Dr. James R O'Dell is focused on helping find better ways to treat RA. RAIN is comprised of over 40 rheumatologists located throughout the US. 

The Veterans' Affairs Rheumatoid Arthritis (VARA) Registry, founded by Dr. Ted Mikuls, focuses on understanding rheumatoid arthritis in US veterans. It is a growing registry with 14 current sites across the country.

Dr. Michaud is co-director of FORWARD, formerly the National Databank for Rheumatic Diseases. It is the largest rheumatoid arthritis registry in the country.

The RAIN database, headed by Dr. Kaleb Michaud, gathers clinical data from rheumatoid arthritis patients at UNMC, allowing researchers to longitudinally examine and assess RA patients.

Clinical Experience  

Inpatient Adult Rheumatology Service
These rotations provide the fellow with the knowledge and skills to provide timely and accurate consultations to other physicians caring for hospitalized patients.

Fellows will gain experience in the diagnosis and management of inpatient rheumatic disease and coordination of the transition of care to an outpatient setting.

Outpatient Rheumatology Clinics
Rheumatology is largely an outpatient sub-specialty. The goal of these clinics is to provide the fellow with the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate patients sent for consultations, to initiate management, and to follow patients with rheumatic disease. In addition to attending clinic at UNMC and VA Hospitals, fellows will attend a pediatric rheumatology clinic at Boys Town Hospital while on the education/elective rotation.

Clinical Rheumatology Electives

In addition to the Inpatient block, there are four research/quality improvement blocks: Specialty, Ambulatory, Ultrasound and Educational/Elective. In the Specialty block the fellow will participate in the following clinics in addition to their weekly continuity clinic: VA, RA, Lupus and Myositis/Scleroderma. In the Ambulatory block the fellow will participate in the following clinics in addition to their weekly continuity clinic: VA, Intake at Village Pointe and Brentwood. In the Ultrasound block the fellow will participate in the following clinics in addition to their weekly continuity clinic: VA and Ultrasound. In the Educational/Elective block the fellow will participate in the following clinics in addition to their weekly continuity clinic: VA, Pediatric Rheumatology, combined Dermatology and combined Pulmonary. Please reference the Sample Schedule for more information on our robust didactic schedule along with the rotation blocks.