The clinic has a unique structure and a long history in the Providence, R.I., academic community. I am a director of the rheumatology fellowship program at Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, R.I. Every month, I accept rotations from Boston University-affiliated Roger Williams Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Program, from the Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital’s Internal Medicine program and from neighboring Memorial Hospital. A few times a year, podiatry residents do a rotation with us, as well.
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Explore This IssueMay 2017
Educators and program directors across the country debate and analyze how to attract young people to rheumatology. I wondered if reaching out to trainees may provide us with a valuable, but different, perspective on the matter. So at the crossroads of four training programs, three of which are internal medicine, I am animated by my young colleagues and curious about how I can make this rotation better and more beneficial for them. A happy resident may be my future happy rheumatology fellow.
Thus, I asked this group to help me understand what brings them to this clinic and how they would improve the experience. I asked residents to speak out, and here are the suggestions they had.
Anais Ovalle, MD
A past senior resident suggested that I should complete a rheumatology rotation. At first, I was reluctant, mainly because I just recently became accustomed to managing a majority of cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, hematological, oncologic and infectious illnesses. As I reflected, I realized I had a major knowledge gap, one I had not previously seen. My institution did not offer a rheumatology rotation, but Roger Williams Medical Center did.
This rotation is unique in that it includes residents from all other programs around the state. This offers a new place with new faces, and alongside a hesitancy in my abilities to diagnose and manage these conditions, this seemed like a perfect resident rotation.