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Clinical training

During your first year of the Rheumatology Fellowship, you will rotate through the outpatient rheumatology practice and participate in one or two elective rotations. Your second year will be committed to research along with clinical rotations (inpatient/consulting and outpatient/electives).

Rotation schedule

2-year schedule of rotationsLength
Hospital consulting service 6 months
Elective research8 months
Outpatient rheumatology 10 months

Didactic training

You will have numerous opportunities to participate in various departmental and divisional conferences and seminars. Every month, there are a variety of program-specific and general didactic conferences fellows can attend. Many of these conferences are mandatory. In addition, fellows attend monthly journal club meetings and clinical lectures.

Research training

Some of the most productive investigators in the field of rheumatology are consultants at Mayo Clinic. You will have opportunities to actively participate in investigative processes by training with these consultants and their colleagues. These opportunities are available to those with interest in basic science and clinical research (clinical trials of therapeutic agents, for example), as well as epidemiologic and outcomes studies.

Call rotation

The fellowship call rotation is different for each rotation. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Teaching opportunities

During your fellowship, opportunities will be available for you to teach residents and medical students.


To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of this fellowship. You will be evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation, and you will meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you will regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.

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