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JoAnn A. Hornsby, M.D., FACR

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Board Certification: Internal Medicine and Rheumatology

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

Residency: Medical University of South Carolina

Faculty Rank: Associate Professor

Special Clinical/Research Interests: Rheumatoid Arthritis

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What does a typical day in the life of a Rheumatologist include?

Rheumatology is a primarily an outpatient specialty, so a lot of time is spent seeing patients in clinic, following up on test results and making management plans. We also see inpatients in consultation.

What is the biggest challenge of being a Rheumatologist?

Keeping up with all of the new medical knowledge, especially about the immune system, and the many new medications being developed.

How do you foresee Rheumatology changing over the next 20 years?

Hopefully, we will learn more about the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis and other connective tissue diseases so we can develop more effective medications.

What advice would you give a student who is considering a Rheumatology fellowship?

Work hard to get a good foundation in medical school and residency.