Richard D. Brasington, Jr., M.D.
M25 606A RHEUMATOLOGY
: Richard Brasington, Jr., M.D., 454-7255
The rheumatology pathophysiology course begins with an overview of the structure, function and physiology of the normal joint and the approach to the patient with arthritis and related disorders. Diagnoses covered include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosis, vasculitis syndromes, osteoarthritis, infectious arthritis, and crystalline arthritis. Clinical features and treatment will be emphasized. In small group sessions, students interview and examine patients to gain a fuller understanding of the typical history and physical findings of these disorders. Students are strongly encouraged to attend the small group sessions with patients, who make a major contribution to teaching students about these conditions.