Clinical Rheumatology

Sites: Mount Auburn Hospital; Reservoir Medical Associates
Director(s): Shiv Sehra
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or Equivalent.
Location: MTAH - Mount Auburn Hospital (11)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: The course is designed to give medical students a comprehensive exposure in clinical rheumatology. This four week elective provides the student with t he opportunity to see patients with complex rheumatologic illness such as rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, SLE among others. Students will see patients in the rheumatology clinic a minimum of two mornings and three afternoons per week. One afternoon (Thursday) will be with Dr. Fitzgerald. The days they are in the clinic in the morning, they would have the option of seeing inpatient rheumatology consultations. The students will work under the direct supervision of an attending rheumatologist. There will also be opportunities to discuss musculoskeletal imaging with radiology and histology with pathology at Mount Auburn Hospital. Students will attend rheumatology morning report and rheumatology noon conference which are held on Wednesdays. Students will also attend Rheumatology Grand Rounds at BIDMC with Dr. Fitzgerald on Friday mornings. Students will also learn basics of MSK-USG while working with Dr. Sehra
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Students will have exposure to evidence based medicine on a routine basis in the clinic, during patient care. In addition, they would be attending rheumatology noon conference and resident report during most 4 week blocks. Students will also attend Rheumatology Grand Rounds at BIDMC.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Consistently takes initiative, is enthusiastic and has exceptional clinical skills and medical knowledge. Is able to provide exemplary clinical care and has a strong commitment towards self education. Would be expected to submit a case report to a local or regional meeting, write and submit a review article or work on an original research project. Honors: Frequently takes initiative, is motivated and displays above average clinical skills and medical knowledge. Is able to provide above average clinical care and shows a commitment towards self learning. Satisfactory: Occasionally takes initiative, displays average clinical skills and medical knowledge and able to provide average clinical care. Unsatisfactory: Does not display initiative, displays below average clinical skills and medical knowledge, unable to provide average clinical care.