MED 812 Rheumatology, 4 credits

The goal of this rotation is to expose the student to the fundamentals of arthritis and rheumatic diseases.

This course will include the supervised examination of outpatients and inpatients with a wide variety of rheumatic diseases, the participation in the management of such cases, presentation and discussion of cases, and special rounds and seminars. In addition, the student will explore the scope of the field of rheumatology and its interface with immunology, dermatology, physical medicine, orthopedics, and nephrology.

At the conclusion of the rotation, students should have acquired skills in the art of locomotion system examination, the procedure of joint aspiration, techniques of polarizing microscopy of crystals, and therapy and prognosis of acute and chronic rheumatic diseases.

This course is a combined program at the Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Erie County Medical Center. Preferences, if any, for principal hospital base will be accommodated.

Students must contact the course coordinator for permission prior to registering.

Prerequisite: MS3 or MS4

Modules: A-M Blocks: 1-4

Number of students: 2

Course Director: Alysia V. Kwiatkowski, DO

Course Coordinator: Michelle Dicenzo