Duration: 4 weeks

Period offered: All

Distribution of student's time:
85% 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, Rheumatoid arthritis and Scleroderma. 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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