The UNC Rheumatology Program has a competency-based core curriculum which encompasses patient centered learning, didactic learning, and mentored research training.

It has been our experience that offering a flexible training program, and providing both clinical and research opportunities, is optimal for each trainee’s growth and development.

Patient Care

Saira and patient 250.jpgPatient Care All fellows care for a cohort of patients that they follow throughout their years as fellows, allowing them to gradually increase their competence and independence as clinicians, under the direct supervision of the attending faculty. Learning is enhanced by close working relationships with other divisions, orthopaedic surgery, pediatric rheumatology, dermatology, nephrology, ophthalmology, and allied health professions.

Two major practice settings
  • Rheumatology Clinic at Carolina Pointe II
  • UNC Hospitals


Active Continuity Clinics
  • Full spectrum of rheumatic diseases treated
  • Wide patient mix with respect to age, ethnicity and socioeconomic status


On-site Infusion Suite
  • Fellows prescribe and monitor patients receiving biologic therapies


Dedicated Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Clinic
  • Fellows perform musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound guided therapeutic aspirations and injections under direct supervision


Specialty clinics available as rotations
  • Lupus, vasculitis, antiphospholipid syndrome, inflammatory arthritis, adult allergy immunology, pediatric rheumatology
  • Experience is also available in rehabilitation medicine, pain management and sports medicine


Busy Inpatient consultation service
  • Medical and surgical units
  • Multiple active critical care units

Clinical Conferences

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Didactic Learning is varied and includes:

Core lecture series for fellows
(Twice monthly lectures of core topics in rheumatology are presented over 24 months. Some content is presented annually.)

Weekly Rheumatology/Allery/Immunology Grand Rounds
(Presented by faculty, invited speakers, and fellows.)

Weekly case conferences
(Cases from the inpatient or outpatient settings are presented by the fellows for discussion among faculty and fellows.)

Weekly renal pathology conference

  • Quarterly research-in-progress seminar
  • Monthly Musculoskeletal Ultrasound sessions with hands-on learning
  • Lectures and seminars offered through the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and other venues throughout the UNC medical campus.
  • All Fellows attend the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR)
  • All fellow participate annually in the Carolinas Fellows Collaborative in July and January. The CFC is a collaboration between Wake Forest University, University of North Carolina, Duke University and the Medical University of South Carolina.
  • July Meeting
  • Core lecture series on major clinical rheumatology topics
  • Joint aspiration and injection techniques with practicum in a cadaver lab
  • January/February Meeting
  • Mini-symposia on in-depth topics presented by experts in Rheumatology
  • ROSCE (Rheumatology Objectives Structured Clinical Examination)

Mentored Research Training

Mentored research training is part of the long tradition in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, where multidisciplinary research teams come together to address critical clinical questions.

  • All post-doctoral trainees in the research track choose a faculty mentor, based on their interest and the mentor’s expertise, who will guide them through their research training.
  • Opportunities are available in both clinical and basic researchlab mentored research 300.jpg
  • Training in research methods, statistical methods, IRB procedures, grant writing, data analysis and interpretation, research ethics, and writing skills.
  • Fellows have access to the formal research training program, Translational and Clinical Research Curriculum (TCRC) through the Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (TraCS).
  • The Research Core Curriculum is designed as a means for trainees to gain access to coursework in core competencies that are viewed critical to the success of an academic clinical-translation researcher. These include:
    • Appreciation of the multidisciplinary roles of various research team members and elements of highly effective teams
    • Completion of Responsible Conduct of Research training
    • Understanding of methodological and analytical strategies resulting in appropriately designed protocols
    • Participation in professional development activities that teach skills such as scientific writing, oral presentation, grant writing, and mentoring.