The subspecialty of rheumatology includes a wide array of inflammatory, non-inflammatory and degenerative diseases that affect the musculoskeletal and other organ systems. The purpose of the UCLA rheumatology training program is to train fellows to be accomplished practitioners and consultants in the rheumatic diseases, as well as encourage the professional and scholarly attitudes and approaches of a competent sub-specialist that are needed to maintain an understanding of current concepts in rheumatology as advances occur. The purpose of the program is also to teach participants principles that generate new knowledge through a participation in research. The UCLA rheumatology program trains bench scientists, clinical investigators /educators and practicing clinicians.
ACGME and ABIM Status. The UCLA Rheumatology Fellowship training program is university affiliated and accredited by the ACGME. All rheumatologists in our program are ABIM certified in rheumatology and all fellows, that have taken the exam(s), have passed the ABIM in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology on their first attempt.
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The UCLA "Academic Training in Rheumatology" focuses on the broad discipline of rheumatology, spanning basic, translational and clinical immunology, genetics, molecular biology of joint, bone, vascular and immune systems, clinical intervention and therapeutics, health quality, outcomes and policy with a particular intention to bridging molecular medicine and health care delivery. Trainees are encouraged to develop trans-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary, inter-departmental or inter-divisional research proposals.
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The Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is a unique program designed for optimal training of physician-scientists. The program offers the opportunity to combine clinical fellowship or residency training with formal, advanced research training.