Contemporary Issues in Medicine: Musculoskeletal Medicine Education (PDF)

Contemporary Issues in Medicine: Musculoskeletal Medicine Education (PDF)

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Number of pages:15
Year published:2005
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In light of the increasing age of the US population and an expected corresponding increase in the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, there is a growing concern that practicing US physicians are ill-equipped to recognize and treat these conditions. To properly prepare the physician population, it is imperative that medical schools provide learning experiences that will allow students to gain an appreciation of the importance of these conditions and the challenges inherent in caring for patients who are so afflicted. Leading recommendations for learning objectives to instill the appropriate attitudes, knowledge and skills related to musculoskeletal medicine include:

  • First and foremost, medical schools must foster an appreciation for the complex effects musculoskeletal conditions have on afflicted patients;
  • Students should be knowledgeable about the clinical manifestations, pathology, and pathophysiology of the common musculoskeletal conditions;
  • Medical students must be able to conduct a musculoskeletal physical exam and be capable of identifying common musculoskeletal diseases and conditions, and initiating appropriate treatment for these patients.

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