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Electives - Rheumatology


Rheumatology Outpatient Clinic

Elective Number: 1622 (lottery)

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Adam Carlson

Rotation Coordinator: Javanov Barksdale

Duration: 2 weeks

Available: 1a, 3a, 5b, 6b, 8a, 9b, 11a & 12b

Report to: Dr. Adam Carlson

Time to Report: 8:00 am

Place to Report: Rheumatology Clinic; Suite 2100; 415 Building, Ray C. Hunt Drive

Typical day: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Rotation Supervisor, Dr. Carlson.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by Dr. Carlson.

Number of students per rotation: 1

Course Description: The purpose of this elective is to teach students how to evaluate and manage patients with musculoskeletal problems. Students will see patients with a variety of disorders, especially rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and others with an immunopathologic basis. Students are incorporated into the outpatient activities of the service. Emphasis is on ambulatory patients, who are examined in the Arthritis Clinic. Conferences include Immunology Research Seminars, journal reviews, Pathology and Radiology Conferences, Patient Care Conferences, and Rheumatology Grand Rounds.

Learning Objectives:

  • the ability to identify multi-system disease even when the presenting complaints appear to be limited to one system
  • the evaluation of patients with musculoskeletal complaints
  • the diagnostic value of various laboratory tests and radiology studies in Rheumatology
  • learn the importance of interacting with physical therapy, occupational therapy and nursing staff in the care of patients with Rheumatic diseases.