Community Relations

The University of Louisville Division of Rheumatology program maintains distinctive community relations relying upon former faculty now in practice teaching the business aspects office management, and via former private practitioners now in a full -time faculty positions.

Messina hospitalPrinciple manifestations of this healthy two-way exchange include intracity rounds, and a "hard cases" conference in the evenings every eight weeks. There is also a weekend, semiannual conference focusing on practice issues at the commonwealth-wide rheumatology society, the Kentucky Rheumatology Alliance.

Tying U of L rheumatology to the community at large - fulfilling the university stated mission of filling the role of metropolitan research university - are grant writing and programing efforts.

Those efforts aim at producing EMR decision support algorithms to compensate for fragmented care of underserved lupus populations in Louisville and Columbus, Ohio.

These efforts include the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, the Division of Rheumatology & Immunology at The Ohio State University, and individual collaborators.

These robust community and regional relationships are bolstered by links with the University of Messina in Messina, Italy, which contributes by providing access to both expert musculoskeletal ultrasound instruction and novel murine models of and scleroderma.