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Core Curriculum

​This is a fellows' conference at which expert faculty provides didactic teaching often followed by case discussions and hands on training.

2022-2023 SCHEDULE

​DATE​TOPIC

Fellows preparation for core curriculum session include:
1) Mandatory reading of the corresponding Textbook chapters
2) Reading of Faculty assigned 2-3 review papers
3) Bringing in relevant case for clinical discussion
Fellows only
Unless otherwise indicated Core Curriculum and Case Conferences are
9:15 -10:30 AM
MSKUS workshops typically go from 11:00am-12:30pm
Please see separate schedule for Board review session
​09/2/22 

No conference: Labor Day Weekend  

09/9/22 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only 

Dr. Gary Firestein: Rheumatoid arthritis 

MSKUS workshop
Dr. Ceponis - Hand and wrist Ultrasound 

09/16/22 

VA room 1034 or zoom  

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only

Dr. K. Chen: Imaging in rheumatology: Basics of joint imaging, and Imaging of RA (didactics, followed by case discussions, fellows bring in their cases)  

09/23/22 

 

ACTRI Room 3W-234  

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only 

Interventional msk ultrasound (with hands on)
Dr Ceponis

09/30/22 

Fellowship interviews 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom
Fellows only  

Self-study, followed by Noon- 1 p.m. lunch and virtual tour with fellowship applicants  

10/07/22 

Fellowship interviews 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 
Fellows only  

Self-study, followed by Noon- 1 p.m. lunch and virtual tour with fellowship applicants  

10/14/22 

Fellowship interviews 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom
Fellows only  

Meet Dr. Ferrada 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. 

Compassionate care: how to provide compassionate patient care w/o burning out and loss of professionalism 

followed by Noon- 1 p.m. lunch and virtual tour with fellowship applicants  

10/21/22 

VA room 1034 or zoom  

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only  

Dr. K. Chen: Imaging in rheumatology: DJD/OA and crystal arthropathies - gout, CPPD (didactics, followed by case discussions, fellows bring in their cases) 

10/28/22 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only   

Dr. P. Chira – Transition of rheumatology patient care from pediatric to adult rheumatology practice  MSKUS workshop 

Dr. Ceponis – Elbow Ultrasound 

11/04/22

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only  
 

Dr Lane - Difficult to manage osteoporosis cases 

Fellows present several cases for group discussion 

11/11/22 

ACR 

11/18/22 

ACR 

11/25/22 

No conference: Thanksgiving weekend

12/02/22 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only    

Dr. Abha Singh: Arthritis accompanying systemic disease; followed by fellows presenting a case for group discussion 

MSKUS workshop
Dr. Ceponis – Shoulder Ultrasound 

12/09/22 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only   

Dr. Arthur Kavanaugh: Seronegative Spondyloarthropathies, followed by fellows presenting a case for group discussion 

12/16/22 

VA room 1034 or zoom  

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only  

Dr. K. Chen: Imaging in rheumatology: Spondyloarthropathies - AS, PsA, ReA (didactics, followed by case discussions, fellows bring in their cases) 

12/23/22 

 

No conference: Holiday  

​12/30/22

No conference: Happy New Year 

01/06/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only   

Dr. Arthur Kavanaugh: Psoriatic arthritis, followed by fellows presenting a case for group discussion 

01/13/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only  

Dr. Susan Lee – DMARDs 

01/20/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only  
 

Dr. Cush: Difficult Scenarios with Biologic Use  

Followed by Fellows presenting a case for group discussion 

MSKUS workshop
Dr. Ceponis – Knee Ultrasound 

01/27/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only   

Myositis pathology conference with Dr. Vanessa Goodwill, Division of Neuropathology 

02/03/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only    

M&M conference - Moderator: Dr. Susan Lee 

02/10/23 
ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 
Core curriculum conference 
Fellows only      
Dr. Maripat Corr – Clinical immunology, session 1 

02/17/23 
ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 
Core curriculum conference 
Fellows only
Dr. Maripat Corr – Clinical immunology, session 2 
 
MSKUS workshop 
Dr. Ceponis – Foot and ankle Ultrasound 

02/24/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only    

Dr. Ken Kalunian – SLE and MCTD; followed by 
fellows presenting a case for group discussion 

03/03//23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only   

Dr. D. Ward - Renal pathology in systemic diseases 

03/10/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only    

Dr. Robert Terkeltaub- Crystal arthropathies 

followed by fellows presenting a case for group discussion 

MSKUS workshop
Dr. Ceponis – Hip Ultrasound 

03/17/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only   

Dr. Chelsey Smith
Women's health in rheumatology 

03/24/23 

 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only   

Physical therapy and rehabilitation – Dr Kerry McCullough 

Followed by ITE pre – group or Self-study 

03/31/23 

No conference: Cezar Chavez day 

04/07/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Fellows only    

9:30 – noon - ITE prep - Group or Self-study 

12:30- 2 p.m. Dr Pedersen - Review of ACR Imaging bank 

04/14/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference 
Fellows only    

Dr. H. Lee- Clinical assessment of non-inflammatory lower back pain 

04/21/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only   

Dr. Susan Lee - Non-articular diseases - Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue syndrome, CRPS 

04/28/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only   

Dr. H. Hofflich- Steroid induced osteoporosis followed by fellows presenting a case for group discussion 

05/05/23 

VA room 1034 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only   

Dr. K. Chen. Imaging in rheumatology: spine/DISH, bone/periostitis, and miscellaneous (e.g. endocrine, sarcoid, etc) (didactics, followed by case discussions, fellows bring in their cases) 

05/12/23 

Scripps or zoom 

Dr. Middleton: Osteoarthritis clinical aspects; followed by fellows presenting a case for group discussion 

05/19/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference 
Fellows only   

Dr. N. Voskanian- Clinical assessment of ankle pain 

05/26/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only    

Dr. Soo Choi- Sjogren syndrome, followed by fellows presenting a case for group discussion 

06/02/23 

No conference: EULAR 

06/09/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only    

Dr. Pedersen - Infection and Arthritis, followed by fellows presenting a case for group discussion 
06/16/23 

ACTRI Room 3W-234 or zoom 

Core curriculum conference
Fellows only    

Dr K. Nguyen: Challenges of Rheumatology practice 

06/23/23 No conference: end of year meetings and wrap up 
06/30/23 No conference: end of year meetings and wrap up