Rheumatology is a rapidly advancing field that involves many organ systems and disease processes. Patients with rheumatologic diseases present with varied manifestations, many of which cause them to seek treatment in the hospital. You may also be exposed to the field of rheumatology in an outpatient elective since the vast majority of patients with rheumatologic disease are treated as outpatients. This rotation guide focuses on common rheumatologic diseases that you will see in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
This guide covers the following conditions:
For a brief history of rheumatology, click here.
Rotation Prep was developed by a collaborative team of experts, educators, fellows, and residents including Andrea Merrill, MD (NEJM Fellow); Alex Djuricich, MD (NEJM Education Editor); Irina Gavanescu-Stockton, MD; Jonathan Hausmann, MD; Erin Penn, MD; and Julia Rudolf, MD. The content was reviewed by Robert Shmerling, MD.