Duration: 4 weeks

Period offered: All

Distribution of student's time:
15% inpatient care
70% outpatient care
15% conferences/lectures

Enrollment/Period: 1 maximum, upon availability, July - May

Average number of patients seen each week: 10-12

Prerequisites: Completion of core clerkship in Medicine

Clerkship Objectives:

  • Enhance knowledge and skills pertaining to interviewing, physical examination and other patient interactions, interpretation of data, clinical judgment, procedures and therapies.
  • Increase student involvement in conferences, journal clubs.
  • Increase student use/review of the medical literature.


  • Quality of care given
  • Participation and performance in conference

Methods used in student evaluation:

  • Observation of performance by faculty

Students gain broad experience in evaluation of the musculoskeletal symptoms ranging from patients with Lupus to musculoskeletal fibrositis syndrome, and to children with joint disease. Students are thoroughly exposed to history-taking and physical evaluation of joint disease and are closely involved in the management of these rheumatic disorders.

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