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Fourth Year Medical Students

Rheumatology

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Description:

Students, under direct supervision, will participate in the evaluation and management of patients with rheumatologic disorders.

 

During this rotation, students will be exposed to the wide spectrum of rheumatologic disorders of infancy, childhood and adolescence, from Systemic Lupus Erthematosus and Juvenile Arthritis to the still ill-defined Vasculitis.

 

 

Educational Objectives:  

Upon completion of their Pediatric Rheumatology rotation, students will be able to:

 

1. Obtain a pertinent medical history and perform a thorough physical examination on patients with rheumatologic disorders or patients where rheumatologic disorders need to be ruled out.

 

2. Make a differential diagnosis and arrive at an accurate working diagnosis in these sometimes overlapping clinical entities.

 

3. Discuss a therapeutic regimen with both short and long term goals.

 

4. Demonstrate familiarity with the current methodology of immunodiagnostic tests, their clinical importance and their use as well as interpretation.

 

5. Recognize the importance of working together with other medical and paramedical disciplines also involved in the care of these patients; i.e., Orthopedics, Occupational and Physical Therapy.

 

 

Methodology:

1. Participate in weekly rheumatology clinic.

 

2. Attend morning rounds of rheumatology patients admitted to Miami Children's Hospital.

 

3. Participate in inpatient consultation rounds with case presentation and discussion.

 

4. Participate in the evaluation of new patients seen consultation in the office.

 

5. Participate in the follow-up of inpatients and outpatients.

 

6. Participate in Journal Club, Rheumatology conferences, and any other didactic conferences which would be relevant to the diagnosis or treatment of rheumatologic disorders.