Core Curriculum

This is a fellows' conference in which cases are discussed (and other issues of interest can be discussed). Fellows on the clinical services at UCSD and the VA Medical Center are required to have cases to present and discuss.  Fellows must come prepared to present.

2017 Schedule

Date Topic
7/7/17 In ACTRI Room 3W232
Boot Camp Clinical Conferences
8-9 AM --  RA Basics: Dr. Firestein
9-10 AM --  SLE and Sjogren’s basics:Dr. Kalunian
10-11 AM -- Dr. Spondyloarthropathies basics: Dr. Corr
11AM-noon -- Scleroderma and Myositis basics: Dr. Ceponis
7/14/17 In ACTRI Room 3W-232
Boot Camp Clinical Conferences
8-9 AM -- Rheumatology and Soft Tissue Disorders and Orthopedics Interfaces: Dr. Gregg Middleton
9-10:30 AM -- Musculoskeletal examination in rheumatology practice: Dr. Ceponis
10:30-noon  -- Special tests and hands on of joint exam: Dr. Ceponis
7/21/17 In ACTRI Room 3W-232
Boot Camp Clinical Conferences
8-9 AM -- Basic Immunology: Dr. Corr
9-10 AM -- Laboratory testing in rheumatology practice: Dr. Bottini
10-11:30 AM -- Safety and Quality issues in Rheumatology practice (screening before and during DMARD and biologic therapy, vaccinations, fertility, op, cardiovascular etc): Dr. Kavanaugh

7/28/17 In ACTRI Room 3W-232
Boot Camp Clinical Conferences
8-9 AM -- Differential diagnoses of acute arthritis (focus on joint /bone infections):  Dr. Terkeltaub
9-10 AM -- Crystal Arthritis: Dr. Terkeltaub 
10:00-11:30AM -- Dr. Ceponis and Judith Davis - Introduction to Rheumatology Training and review of our Program
8/4/17 In ACTRI Room 3W-232
Boot Camp Clinical Conferences 
9-10:30AM -- Vasculitis basics: Dr. Ceponis
10:30-11:30AM -- Review of educational video material on joint aspiration/injection (supervised by Chief Fellow)
 8/11/17 In ACTRI Room 3W-234
Core curriculum conference: Fellows only
Dr. Ceponis: MSK Ultrasound Basics
 8/18/17 No conference Summer Break
 9/1/17 No conference: Labor Day Weekend
 9/8/17  In ACTRI Room 3W-234
Core Curriculum conference:
Fellows only Dr Lee: Pharmacology of DMARDs and Biologics
 9/15/17  Interviews with future fellows
 9/22/17  Interviews with future fellows
 9/29/17  Interviews with future fellows
 10/6/17  Interviews with future fellows
 10/13/17 Core curriculum conference: Fellows only
Dr. Ceponis: MSK Ultrasound (Hand, wrist, knee)
 10/20/17 VA room 1034 
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)
 10/27/17  ACTRI room 3W234
Core curriculum conference:Fellows only
Dr. M. Guma: Metabolic Bone Disease; followed by metabolic disease case conference with Dr. Guma; fellows present a case for group discussion
 11/3/17  No conference: ACR Nov 3-8
 11/10/17  No conference/Veteran's day
 11/17/17  ACTRI room 3W234 
Core curriculum conference:Fellows only
Dr. Bottini: Systemic Sclerosis; followed by Scleroderma case conference with Dr. Bottini; fellows present a case for group discussion
 11/24/17  No conference: Thanksgiving Weekend
 12/1/17  ACTRI room 3W234 
Core curriculum conference:Fellows only
Dr. G. Firestein: RA; followed by RA case conference with Dr. Firestein: fellows present a case for group discussion
 12/8/17  ACTRI room 3W234 
Core curriculum conference:Fellows only
Dr G. Middleton: Practice Based Issues
 12/15/17  ACTRI room 3W234 
Core curriculum conference:Fellows only
Dr. A. Kavanaugh: Spondyloarthropathies; followed by Seronegative arthritis case conference with Dr. Kavanaugh; fellows present a case for group discussion
 12/22/17  Fellows only - Board exam prep
 12/29/17  Fellows only - Board exam prep
 1/12/18  VA room 1034
Core curriculum conference:Fellows only
Dr. K. Chen: Imaging in rheumatology: AS, PsA, ReA Imaging of RA (didactics, followed by case discussions, fellows bring in their cases)
 1/19/18  ACTRI room 3W234 
Core curriculum conference:Fellows only
Dr. D. Ward: Renal pathology in systemic diseases
 1/26/18  ACTRI room 3W234 
Core curriculum conference:Fellows only
Dr Lee: Practical Ultrasound
 2/2/18  VA room 1034
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)
 2/9/18  ACTRI room 3W234 
Core curriculum conference:Fellows only
Dr. Ceponis Antiphospholipid syndrome; followed by case conference with Dr. Ceponis; fellows present a case for group discussion
 2/16/18  ACTRI room 3W234 
Dr Joe Cantor: B cell Regulation & Disease Associated  Autoantibodies
 2/23/18 ACTRI room 3W234 
Fellows only- Board exam prep
 3/2/18  ACTRI room 3W234 
Fellows only- Board exam prep
 3/9/18  ACTRI room 3W234 
Core curriculum conference:Fellows only
Dr. Terkeltaub OA- cartilage metabolism, and pathology, etiology and pathogenesis of OA, clinical aspects (small vs large joint OA, etc), OA management
 3/16/18  No conference
 3/23/18  ACTRI room 3W234 
Core curriculum conference:Fellows only
Dr. Raz- Innate Immunity
 3/30/18  ACTRI room 3W234 
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)
 4/6/18  No conference: Cesar Chavez Day
 4/13/18  ACTRI room 3W234 
Core curriculum conference:Fellows only
Dr. Kavanaugh – outcomes and outcome measures and their interpretation  in inflammatory arthritis
 4/27/18  ACTRI room 3W234
Fellows only- Board exam prep
 5/4/18  ACTRI room 3W234
Fellows mandatory, Faculty welcome
Connie Eckenrodt, RHIT, CHC, CHCA, CRC, Provider Educator
“Coding and billing in rheumatology practice”
 5/11/18  ACTRI room 3W234
Core curriculum conference: Fellows only
Dr. A. Singh:  "Arthritis accompanying systemic disease" 
 5/18/18  ACTRI room 3W234
Core curriculum conference: Fellows only
Dr. K. Kalunian – Lupus and Sjogren’s – etiology, pathogenesis, pathology, clinical aspects, outcome measures, management followed by Lupus or Sjogren’s disease case conference with Dr. Kalunian;fellows present a case for group discussion
 5/25/18  ACTRI room 3W234
Core curriculum conference: Fellows only
Dr Corr – Regional pain syndromes and “non-articular” rheumatic diseases 
 6/1/18  ACTRI room 3W234
Open Slot
 6/8/18 Location and time TBD
Core curriculum conference: Fellows only 
Dr Pedersen - Infection and Arthritis (Lyme dz, viral arthritis, atypical joint infections, HIV and rheumatic manifestations, etc).
 6/22/18  No conference: end of year meetings and wrap up
 6/29/18  No conference: end of year meetings and wrap up