PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Open to students who have completed their core rotations in Ob/Gyn or Surgery.
PURPOSE: The student should be able to perform physical examination of the musculoskeletal system, and should have the knowledge of principles, normal and abnormal findings of the various imaging modalities of the musculoskeletal system such as x-ray, tomograms, CT scan, MRI, and various nuclear scans. The student should also have the knowledge of etiology, clinical presentation, pathophysiology of the common musculoskeletal system disorders to be able to establish and formulate a treatment program.
COMPETENCIES: In the process of completing this course students acquire the following competencies:
- Diagnose and manage musculoskeletal trauma encountered in the emergency room or in primary care settings;
- Evaluate and treat low back pain, tendon and joint injuries, and degenerative joint disease;
- Recognize and evaluate musculoskeletal diseases and abnormalities that require specialized treatment.
INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: Students will be assigned to the following institutions: University of Illinois Hospital and clinics, Cook County Hospital, West Side VA Hospital, Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Christ Medical Center. The student will be assigned to the various services in small groups and will attend outpatient and inpatient activities. They will be provided with hands-on experience in examining the musculoskeletal system and in diagnosing and managing the various muscoloskeletal diseases. Students will rotate through the Orthopaedic Service Monday through Friday. Lectures and conferences will be conducted on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Students will be given an orthopedic textbook to be used during the clerkship.
ASSESSMENT: Student performance will be evaluated by faculty members using the College of Medicine Clerkship Evaluation forms. Factors going into this will be performance skills and knowledge gained in patient evaluation and presentations and clinical-pathological correlation conferences (CPCs), and a written examination. Completion of an on-line College of Medicine "Final Course Evaluation" is required before receiving a final grade.
Recommended reading: Blueprints Orthopaedics, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Program Number: SPEC 715
Program Director: Alfonso Meijia, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Program Coordinator: Susan King (email@example.com)
Telephone: 312-996-7161 and 312-996-0223
Duration: 2 Weeks
Night Call: Optional
Students Accepted: 20
Housestaff Used as Faculty: PGY III
Inpatient/Faculty Contact: 4
Laboratory/Independent Study: 0
Total Hours /Week: 40
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