Didactic Program

At Cedars-Sinai our goal is to deliver a well-rounded educational experience to our advanced trainees in rheumatology. We offer a very broad range of didactic conferences and mentoring that provide our fellows with knowledge that covers all the aspects of rheumatology. At the end of the basic two year period we anticipate each of our trainees to be able to practice rheumatology in an independent manner, and if they choose, pursue an academic career with additional research training. Our conferences include:


Cedars Sinai Core Curriculum Clinical Conference Series

This is geared towards imparting clinical knowledge directly to fellows in training. Based upon cases encountered at our Medical Center, the faculty selects topics that are explored in depth – typically a case presentation followed by a scholarly literature review focused on differential diagnosis, etio-pathogenesis, laboratory investigations, and outcome. Often these conferences generate research topics or even manuscripts. The immediate goal for this series is for Fellows to learn how to organize a scholarly presentation and deliver it to a receptive audience of mentors and fellow trainees.


Journal Club and Grand Rounds

Over the last 10 years, Cedars-Sinai has managed to attract some of the best and brightest minds in the field of rheumatology to our program.

Visiting Professors usually arrive at Cedars-Sinai on a Tuesday afternoon for meetings with key faculty. The fellows then lead journal club presentations of critically reviewed articles in rheumatology in the evening. The journal club discussions are lively and friendly with informal jovial jousting between Michael Weisman, MD, the visiting professors and the attending faculty, as well as the pearls of wisdom imparted by the resident statistician. This allows a fellow to be exposed to cutting edge information in rheumatology in a relaxed manner with input from the Visiting Professor.

Grand rounds are held on Wednesday mornings once a month. The quality and caliber of the speakers and the level of discussion gives fellows a taste of rheumatology at its best. Following journal club, the visiting professors spend the rest of the morning with the fellows attending at the Fellow run clinic and interacting with the patients who are seen that day. Part of the design of the Grand Rounds/Journal Club experience for the Fellows is to creates relationships with the Visiting Professor that will be lifelong and expected to grow.

2008-2014 GR Speakers and Topics


Imaging Conference

This is a multi-disciplinary conference that is run by the musculoskeletal imaging department and attended by fellows and attendings in the rheumatology, orthopedics and radiology divisions. The goal of this conference is to provide the fellow with both basic and sophisticated interpretation skills of radiographs and advanced imaging including MRI’s and other imaging modalities. Imaging studies of patients that are followed by fellows are carefully reviewed and clinical decision making skills of fellows are sharpened through the teaching imparted by expert faculty.


Research Journal Club with Daniel Wallace, MD, FACP, FACR

This monthly journal club is run by Daniel Wallace, MD, FACP, FACR who brings his vast experience of having treated over 2,000 lupus patients and impressive writing and editing credentials to the conference. His ability to provide both historical context and laser accurate dissection of complex scientific literature is much appreciated by fellows and attendings alike.


UCLA Rheumatology Grand Rounds

The division of Rheumatology at UCLA holds grand rounds once a week at the Westwood campus. UCLA GR Schedule 2012 Fellows attend this high caliber series of lectures and interact with faculty and fellows from our sister institution. This is especially important at the beginning of the academic year when UCLA presents a core curriculum emphasizing basic skills at interpreting clinical, laboratory, and outcome data for our basic diseases.


Combined Orthopedic/Rheumatology Grand Rounds

We firmly believe that rheumatology and orthopedics are complementary branches of medicine and that fellows in training should learn to appreciate the unique perspectives that orthopedists have to offer. We offer rheumatology rotations to orthopedic residents and orthopedic rotations to our fellows. The combined grand rounds are attended by fellows, residents and attendings of the Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Radiology divisions. The new orthopedic residency at Cedars-Sinai now has (as part of their first year curriculum) rotations from orthopedic residents in the rheumatology teaching program.


Combined Pathology/Rheumatolgy Conference

Our fellows are noted to be some of the most recognizable faces on the pathology floor. We encourage our fellows to personally review all the pathological slides and specimens of their patients and have developed a very strong working relationship with the department of pathology. Fellows are taught the basic pathological findings in a variety of systems including renal, skin, muscle, and neurological, hematological and cardiovascular systems through review of real world cases. Since renal pathology is a world-class referral specialty at Cedars-Sinai, our fellows have developed a separate, distinct renal pathology conference to be held quarterly with the attending renal pathologist to go over cases of interest sent to Cedars-Sinai from all over the United States.


Musculoskeletal Examination and Injection Training Course

This one day intensive course is offered to fellows in the early part of their fellowship training. It is taught by selected key attending faculty who possess a great deal of experience in musculoskeletal examination and injection techniques. This course has been so popular that it is offered to general practitioners at the biennial Klinenberg symposium. JRK Brochure 2012


Ultrasound in Rheumatology Course

Our fellows undergo didactic instruction in the use of ultrasound through a variety of sources including an ongoing 1 year course offered by the ACR titled ACR Care, the annual Ultrasound course offered by the American College of Rheumatology and the UCLA Musculoskeletal ultrasound course. Fellows gain practical experience in the use of ultrasound by scanning patients and colleagues in the offices of attending physicians with knowledge and experience in the use of ultrasound.


Chief Rounds

Not enough didactic training you say? Michael Weisman, MD imparts his wisdom and pearls from years of practice at the top of his field on a weekly basis. Fellows present interesting cases that are being followed by various attendings in the hospital to Dr. Weisman. This is an opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from a master clinician who challenges the Fellows to dig deeper into their consultations, review key literature articles, and ultimately impart to them what a scholarly consultation should contain. This is the kind of learning opportunity that fellows will keep with them for the rest of their careers.