Our service covers 4 sites:
Toronto Western Hospital,
Toronto General Hospital,
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and
Mount Sinai Hospital. One staff is the "Attending" for each site for 2-week to 4-week blocks and provides teaching on a daily basis while Attending. Rheumatology subspecialty trainees ("fellows") are assigned to the Toronto Western Hospital inpatient unit and the consult service or the University Avenue consult service.
Residents and elective students rotate through our department on a monthly basis, and will generally spend 1 month at the inpatient unit or doing consults at Toronto Western Hospital or in the consultation service at University Avenue. During their rotation, they have the opportunity to gain exposure to rheumatologic problems through the inpatient ward service, consultation services and outpatient ambulatory clinics and divisional teaching sessions and rounds.
Our teaching activities throughout the week are provided to meet the needs of both residents and fellows in achieving their education objectives. Our weekly teaching activities are:
The resident's clinical educational opportunity is enhanced by background reading of rheumatology textbooks and journals within our department. These include current editions of Koopman textbook, Primer of Rheumatic Disease and models of joints. We also house a small library of useful resources at Toronto Western Hospital. The hospital library carries the textbooks and all major rheumatology journals.
As part of the rotation, residents learn the physical examination skills unique to rheumatology, which include the examination of peripheral joints, axial skeleton, examination for tender point of fibromyalgia and muscle strength testing.
Dr. Lori Albert
Fellows' Site Coordinator:
Dr. Arthur Bookman
Administration: Eve Pereira
Nurse Manager: Olga Muir
Chief Fellows 2012/13: