INMD 6822

Human Health & Disease – Rheumatology, Dermatology, & Orthopedics


Elle Fasteland 
Course Manager

Curriculum Focus
MS Year
Terms Offered



Catalog Description: By the end of the course, students will be able to gain, seek and integrate knowledge:
- …of epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical and laboratory features of common conditions within Rheumatology, Dermatology, Orthopedics, and related Pathology and Pharmacology.
- … in order to begin to diagnose common conditions within the core subject areas of the course There is some but lesser emphasis on uncommon conditions.
- …in order to begin to develop basic management strategies for the conditions learned in the course. While related drugs are presented by Pharmacology in detail, and they help reinforce learning of disease pathophysiology, knowledge of these drugs also help develop management strategies that are fit‐to‐ treatment goal, fit‐to‐condition, fit‐to‐ patient, fit‐to‐situation.

In addition, the course is specially designed to help the student continue to develop
- his/her critical thinking and problem solving skills triggered by clinical vignettes and cases; selected organ specific physical exam skills;
- teamwork and communication skills;
- awareness of clinical settings of care (ER, OR, community and hospital based clinics);
- skills to navigate through unbound, complex and ambiguous situations;
- become more comfortable offering ‘the best answer’ rather than ‘one right answer’;
- skills to manage competing responsibilities - characteristics shared by professionalism and leadership (humility, commitment, reflection, even‐temperedness, respectfulness, grace and poise, trustworthiness…).