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Rheumatologists are board-certified internists or pediatricians specialized with additional training and practice treating and diagnosing arthritis, as well as other diseases pertaining to muscles, bones, and joints. Rheumatologists can assess symptoms of rheumatic disease, joint disorders, and other muscle related ailments. Rheumatologists are qualified to interpret advanced imaging and lab test results, and they may suggest treatment options by providing patient referrals to healthcare providers and access to splints, braces, and in more extreme cases, orthopedic surgery.

Pursuing this career requires four years of medical school, a complete residency program, and two to three years of specialized rheumatology training.

Watch a day in the life of Tristan D. Blackburn M.D. to gain a better idea of what it’s like to work as a rheumatologist in this medical field.

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