Rheumatology 2 Course Syllabus
This will require basic knowledge of pathophysiology, molecular biology and genetics relevant to the most common autoimmune rheumatic conditions.
Knowledge of the Rheumatic Diseases
This will require a basic knowledge on the most common rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, progressive systemic sclerosis, polymyositis/dermatomyositis, Sjögren's syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, polymyalgia rheumatica (etiology, pathogenesis, pathology, clinical features, natural history and management).
This will require the student to be able to take a history and perform a clinical examination of a patient with a musculoskeletal disorder to include special details and methods outlined in the training record.
Assessment of multi-system disease
This will require knowledge of the particular clinical features and function of target organs (eg., kidneys, eyes, lungs) related to rheumatic conditions.
Selection and interpretation of appropriate laboratory tests
This will require knowledge of the immunological assessments used in rheumatology. Students should be able to select laboratory tests appropriate for specific clinical purposes and to interpret results of these tests.
Understand the indications, actions and monitoring of drugs used in the rheumatic diseases that interfere with immune system
This will require knowledge of disease modifying drugs, cytotoxic immunosuppressive drugs, biologic agents and steroids