Medical Education Symposium

First Author Information

Faizah Siddique, MD, Department of Medicine, McGuire VA Medical Center & Dept of Rheumatology, Allergy, Immunology, VCU Medical Center

Additional Author(s) Information

Nehal Shah, MD, Dept of Rheumatology, Allergy, Immunology at VCU Medical Center

Presentation Format

Poster

Type of Activity

Innovation

Original Presentation Date

2017

Date of Submission

May 2017

Abstract/Short Description

Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) is an increasingly popular tool for the rheumatologist and less than 50% of rheumatology fellowship programs in the United States have a defined formal curriculum. The objectives here are to develop a formal and novel MSKUS curriculum for MCV Rheumatology program using an evidence-based 8-step model for our curriculum development. Results of Stage 1, situational analysis, showed unanimous need for dedicated need for MSKUS curriculum. While still early in this project, we hope to complete the remainder of the Stages by the end of 2017.

Purpose/Research Question

There is currently no existing curriculum in the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Rheumatology fellowship program. Two rheumatology faculty (FS & NS) trained in MSKUS have been tasked with establishing and implementing a formal MSKUS curriculum.

Objectives

The objectives are to prepare, establish, and execute a formal curriculum for MSKUS training for the two-year Rheumatology fellowship at MCV using published evidence-based curriculum and competency measures. There are 3 rheumatology fellows in our two-year program.

References

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