Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery and Rehabilitation

Credits: 4.00 CREDITS (Clinical Elective)
Directors: Blazar, Philip E.
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month. Not offered Jun, Jul, Aug and Sep.
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with evaluation and treatment of problems affecting the hand and upper extremity. Through attendance in the clinics and the operating room, the student will see a wide spectrum of disorders including arthritis, trauma, entrapment neuropathies and tendonitis. She/he will be expected to participate in clinics, conferences, rounds, the operating theater and night call. As well, an active rehabilitation service is available for introduction to hand therapy.
Learning Goals:
become acquainted with common and unusual disorders affecting the hand and upper extremity
learn treatment options, non-surgical and surgical
learn the operative procedures for these problems
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
through printed and on-line articles
This course involves frequent contact among the faculty and the student(s). Feedback will be given in the clinic and operating roon setting. At the completion of the course the program director will meet with the student to discuss her/his performance, strengths and weaknesses.
Grade Criteria:
High Honors:
Demonstrates outstanding knowledge of the subjects covered including anatomy, disease processe and wound healing. Participates in all the activities of the service including conferences, clinics and opertaing room.
As above with a performance that indicates above-average knowledge.
As above with a performance that indicates basic knowledge
Inadequate preparation or attnedance of the activities of the service.
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