didactic conferences and society memberships
Conferences are held on a scheduled basis with attendance required of all fellows and divisional faculty. There are one clinical conference, one basic science conference, one literature review conference (journal club) and one research conference each month. The content of these conferences often includes members from clinical divisions outside of Rheumatology, as well as participation from members of the Departments of Radiology, Microbiology-Immunology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cellular Biology, Pediatric Rheumatology, Pathology, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Physical therapy who have specific interests clinical or basic science interests related to the field of rheumatic disease. Fellows will be required to attend a minimum of 70% of each of the conferences.
In addition to participating in the organized didactic conferences established within the fellowship program, it is also strongly encouraged that all fellows become members of the American College of Rheumatology as well as The Chicago Rheumatism Society. Participation in the continuing medical education activities of these professional organizations is encouraged and helps foster standards of professionalism and augment the process of lifelong learning.