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Skin and Musculoskeletal Systems

Skin and Musculoskeletal Systems is a five-week block which will provide a foundational overview of both the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems. This time will also serve as the major introduction to anatomy and the anatomical donor experience. Through collaboration with colleagues in multiple disciplines including anatomy, dermatology, embryology, nutrition, orthopedics, pharmacology, primary care, pathology, radiology, rheumatology and sports medicine, an integrated approach to both normal development and function through to the common disease states encountered by generalist physicians will be presented.

A variety of teaching methods will be employed. Session types will include interactive lectures, flipped sessions, anatomy and imaging laboratory sessions, case-based learning, small group discussions, simulation, and independent learning. These experiences will integrate considerations relating to health systems science; health equity, diversity, and inclusion; societal forces; and wellness. Ultimately, this will allow learners to start developing processes in which to synthesize and apply knowledge and concepts to clinical scenarios.

Assessments (formative and summative) will take the form of participation in laboratory sessions and small group discussions, online quizzes, and a final exam.

By the end of Skin and Musculoskeletal Systems, the learner will be able to:

  1. Illustrate the fundamental principles that underlie normal prenatal development, beginning with the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems.
  2. Describe the physiological processes that underlie normal functioning of the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems in the human body.
  3. Correlate the unique structural organization of the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems in the human body with their development and functions.
  4. Dissect human anatomical gift donors in the laboratory to analyze spatial organization of the musculoskeletal system and acquire the necessary ethical, social, collaborative, professional, and surgical skills for future practice of medicine.
  5. Demonstrate how major classes of human diseases result in altered structure (pathology) and function (pathophysiology) of the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems.
  6. Interpret diagnostic tests and critique their appropriateness in the diagnosis of diseases of the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems.
  7. Apply and utilize basic principles of point-of-care ultrasound to the musculoskeletal system.
  8. Summarize the mechanism of action and properties of the major pharmacological agents utilized in common disorders of the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems.
  9. Describe the major musculoskeletal and integumentary disorders affecting the pediatric age group, with emphasis on congenital, genetic, and acquired disorders.
  10. Describe the major effects of normal aging and nutrition on the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems, and the common clinical conditions that can arise through these processes.
  11. Understand how social determinants of health impact upon presentations, perception and management of illness, including those of the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems.
  12. Acquire and utilize information presented in clinical cases and apply concepts for clinical problem-solving.
  13. Utilize the electronic health record classroom (EHR-C) to acquire and apply skills in proper documentation and communication.

Updated JUNE 24 2022 | cjb