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From the Greek word rheuma, "that which flows as a river
or stream." In ancient medical writings, "rheuma" was used to
describe any thin discharge from a body surface or orifice. This
term was eventually applied to an infection of the joints,
presumably because an effusion of the joint space marks the various
forms of arthritis.
Rheumatology deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and
management of crystalline diseases, systemic rheumatic diseases,
spondyloarthropathies, vasculitis, inflammatory muscle disease,
osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, recreational sports injury,
soft-tissue diseases and trauma. The goal of the rheumatologist is
the early diagnosis and treatment of these conditions to prevent
disability and death.
Important procedural skills include diagnostic and therapeutic
joint aspiration, and joint and soft tissue injection of
corticosteroids. Rheumatologists are expert in the interpretation
of joint fluid analysis, including crystal identification, and the
interpretation of serology associated with rheumatological
Rheumatology fellowship training requires two years of accredited
training beyond general internal medicine residency. Of the two
years, a minimum of 12 months must include clinical training in the
diagnosis and management of a broad spectrum of medical diseases.
Dual certification in Rheumatology and Allergy and Immunology
requires a minimum of three years of training which must include
(a) at least 12 months full-time clinical rheumatology, (b) weekly
attendance for 18 consecutive months in a rheumatology ambulatory
care program which must include continuity of patient care, and (c)
at least 18 months of full-time allergy and immunology.
The American Board of Internal Medicine ABIM offers certification in
Rheumatology. Dual certification in Rheumatology and Allergy and
Immunology requires completion of the entire three-year
For the 2011-2011 academic year, there are 112 ACGME-accredited
training programs in Rheumatology with 407 on-duty residents.
Major Professional Societies
American College of Rheumatology
American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology
Care and Research
Annals of Allergy,
Asthma & Immunology
Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Clinical and Vaccine
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