The Rheumatology Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine offers two tracks: one is a two-year program designed to prepare physicians for the clinical practice of rheumatology and the other is a three-year combined Allergy and Rheumatology program.
Trainees are instructed in the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic disorders and provided with fundamental knowledge of relevant basic sciences, including immunology, biochemistry of connective tissue and pharmacology of medications used to treat rheumatic diseases. The trainee has responsibility for consultative and teaching activities involving inpatients and outpatients in a clinical, hospital and emergency room setting.
There are opportunities to gain experience in Pediatric Rheumatology with one of the largest groups in the country, and to also obtain training in radiology, nuclear medicine, and the roles of orthopedic surgery and physical medicine in the management of patients with rheumatic diseases. Trainees also gain experience in teaching medical students and residents, in making presentations at conferences, and in evaluating current medical and scientific literature.
Trainees divide their time among clinical training sites at Ben Taub Hospital, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Support is provided to attend regional and national medical conferences. Training in a single subspecialty is for at least two years and three years for combined training programs in Rheumatology and Allergy and Immunology.
Fellows meet with the program director semi-annually to discuss their progress in training, training plans and future endeavors in the field of rheumatology.