ME522M.J

Clinical Rheumatology

Credits: 4.00 CREDITS (Clinical Elective)
Sites: BWH
Directors: Helfgott, Simon Marc
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month.
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description:
The goal for this elective is to expose students to a wide array of rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. Students will serve as an integral part of the Consult Service @ BWH. Working alongside the Fellows, they will learn the musculoskeletal exam and acquire the skills to interpret clinical and laboratory findings in this unique cohort of patients.

Students will also have the opportunity to see patients in the Clinic setting, including General Rheumatology Clinics as well as sub-speciality clinics such as RA, SLE, Young Adult.

On a weekly basis, the Divisions hosts 5- 7 hours of clinical teaching lectures and conferences.

Interested students may elect to write an in-depth paper on a topic of interest. With sufficient effort and interest, these papers can be submitted for publication as review articles.

There is no requirement for students to take call.
Learning Goals:
TO BE EXPOSED TO THE WIDE ARRAY OF RHEUMATIC AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES THAT ARE SEEN IN THIS SUB-SPECIALITY
TO GAIN EXPERTISE IN THE MUSCULOSKELETAL EXAM
TO ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO INTERPRET LABORATORY TESTING THAT IS UNIQUE TO RHEUMATOLOGY
WHEN APPROPRIATE, TO GAIN EXPERTISE WITH JOINT ASPIRATION AND INJECTION TECHNIQUES
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
WEEKLY ROUNDS INCLUDING-- RHEUM GRAND ROUNDS ( BWH AND BIDMC), AMBULATORY CARE CONFERENCE, CONSULT SERVICE ROUNDS , BASIC SCIENCE SEMINAR, JOURNAL CLUB, RADIOLOGY ROUNDS AND LUPUS CONFERENCE PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO REVIEW EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE AS WELL AS THE BASIC SCIENCE OF IMMUNOLOGY AND RHEUMATOLOGY
Evaluation:
we review the overall impression of all the interacting faculty and fellows -
though not required, writing a paper on a review topic is viewed very favorably
Grade Criteria:
High Honors:
performance is exceptional for a student-
their clinical skills and knowledge are at the level of a strong, organized intern
Honors:
performance is strong -- thoughtful, organized presentations,
may still demonstrates minor gaps in their understanding of the diseases
Satisfactory:
performance is acceptable though not impressive -- presentations are adequate
demonstrates several gaps in their understanding of the diseases
Unsatisfactory:
performance is not acceptable -- presentations are inadequate
demonstrates considerable gaps in their understanding of the diseases
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