Rheumatology is largely an outpatient specialty focussed on the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients with systemic autoimmune diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Training in Rheumatology provides an excellent opportunity to practise clinical medicine, with principles of acute and chronic disease management at its core. Rheumatologists work in multidisciplinary teams, alongside Specialist Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists and other specialists to provide holistic care to patients with complex, often chronic, conditions. There are ample opportunities to develop a sub-specialty interest, as well as pursuing academic interests. There are opportunities for developing research, audit, educational, management and leadership skills.
For further information on Rheumatology as a career, please check out the British Society for Rheumatology careers page.