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What is Rheumatology

Rheumatology is a sub-specialty of medicine that deals with disorders of joints and connective tissues.  Typical training for a rheumatologist after graduating from medical school would include residency training in internal medicine (the field dealing with the non-surgical treatment of adult medical disorders) for three years followed by a two year fellowship in the subspecialty of rheumatology.  Physicians completing such training are eligible to receive certification in rheumatology from the American Board of Internal Medicine after they successfully complete testing demonstrating their expertise in the field.  Rheumatologists treat many diseases, from the common to the very rare.