228 - Adult Musculoskeletal Lower Examinations

Session Type: ACR Workshops
Tuesday, November 8, 2011: 7:45 AM-9:45 AM
W179a (McCormick Place West)

Session Overview:
The United States Rheumatology Workforce: Supply and Demand 2005-2025 Report states that there is currently a critical shortage of rheumatologists in the United States, which is only expected to worsen as the U.S. population ages and the number of persons with rheumatic disease increases. Establishing a collaborative rheumatology practice between a rheumatologist and a nurse practitioner or physician assistant has been identified as one solution to the critical shortage of rheumatologists, while maintaining accessible, high quality care for rheumatology patients. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants receive little rheumatology training in their respective educational programs. Therefore, there is a need to provide timely education that is standardized training in the diagnosis and management of rheumatic diseases for nurse practitioners and physician assistants entering into collaborative practice with rheumatologists.  Musculoskeletal examination continues to be a primary means of diagnosing and treating rheumatic conditions. Appropriate knowledge of the principles and methods of performing musculoskeletal examination will aid the practitioner in reaching accurate diagnoses. There are significant challenges in anatomy and presentation of rheumatologic disease that exist in the pediatric population.  This workshop will provide instruction and demonstration of proper physical examination techniques as well as an opportunity to adult and practice pediatric physical examination skills using live patient volunteers with existing disease processes to illustrate normal and abnormal musculoskeletal findings.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • discuss principles of adult musculoskeletal physical examination
  • detect and describe normal and abnormal adult musculoskeletal physical examination findings
  • demonstrate rheumatologic lower musculoskeletal examinations for adult patients using patient volunteers

Speaker: Arthur M. Mandelin II, MD, PhD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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