Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation of Patients With Chronic Pain

Credits: 4.00 CREDITS (Clinical Elective)
Sites: SRH
Directors: Chae, Heechin
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Spaulding Rehab. Hosp., PM&R, 7th Fl., Rm 753
Night Call: None.
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Students registered for this course will have the opportunity to learn and participate in interdisciplinary inpatient and outpatient chronic pain rehabilitation. The student(s) will interact with physiatrists, rehabilitation nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, vocational rehabilitation counselors and psychologist, as well as other medical consultants. The students will learn how to evaluate patients with chronic pain. They will become familiar with the assessment tools used to measure and characterize chronic pain. The student will correlate imaging studies and electrodiagnostic tests with the physiatric evaluation. The student will learn the applications and limitations of chronic pharmacologic analgesic therapy and how the use of physical modalities, orthoses, assistive devices, therapeutic exercises, injections and acupuncture enhance the rehabilitation of the patient with chronic pain. Students will spend about 25% of their time at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, 75% at the Medford Spaulding Neighborhood Rehabilitation Center.
Written examination and oral open-book during tutorial meetings.
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