HMC Rheumatology

3rd Floor West Clinic
Clinic phone:
(206) 744-3228
Clinic contacts:
Tracy Boyd (206) 744-8033
Stephanie Irons (206) 744-9204
Grant Hughes, MD
, (206) 543-3414
Greg Gardner, MD
, (206) 598-4288
Monday, 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open to:
3 or more residents


Patients attending the clinic have a broad range of disorders, but the focus is on inflammatory diseases. You will work up at least one new patient each session and coordinate your evaluation with an attending physician thereafter. In the remaining time you are to follow patients previously worked-up and now followed in the clinic. There is a post-clinic conference in addition.


  1. Provide first year residents with the skills necessary to diagnose and treat common rheumatologic disease.
  2. Understand the role of the Rheumatologist in the management of patients with arthritis, rheumatologic disease, and chronic pain states requiring long term continuity care.


The resident should gain knowledge and skills in the following areas of rheumatic medicine:

  • Appropriate history and physical exam in evaluation of patients with rheumatologic disease
  • Indications for joint and soft tissue injections and development of appropriate technique
  • Evaluation and management of patients with common rheumatologic conditions and complaints including: shoulder, hip, back and knee pain, degenerative joint disease, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, tenosynovitis, TA and PMR, Fibromyalgia/Myofascial pain syndromes


Willkens RF.  What I Emphasize In My Rheumatologic Examination.  J Musculoskel Med 1989;6(8):33-43.