Dermatologic Manifestations of Rheumatic Disease: Connective Tissue Disease
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This OER is a part of the Dermatologic Manifestations of Rheumatic Disease project, which provides overviews of the identification, diagnosis, and workup for different rheumatologic diseases, with a focus on providing examples from persons of color (POC). This work seeks to fill gaps and exclusionary practices in medical education practices and resources and diagnostic frameworks in regards to skin of color. This lack of representation bodes significant repercussions on the ability of future physicians to deliver equitable care for an increasingly diverse US population. Each module consists of a similar Powerpoint format, which includes key objectives, hypothetical disease cases, an overview of the pathophysiology, dermatologic features, and sequelae of these conditions, and clinical pearls regarding disease management.
Overall, the goal of this project is to provide a tailored resource for medical learners that addresses a longstanding educational deficit. The OERs will enable us to train future physicians who are not only clinically astute, but also knowledgeable of and sensitive to inequities in healthcare. Ultimately, it is our hope that these OER will aid in fostering a generation of physicians who are truly patient-advocates.
This module on Connective Tissue Disease goes over findings in systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, and systemic sclerosis. Included in this module is a slide deck filled with information for a lecture or self study, a practice test, a glossary of terms, as well as a summary of notes for quick studying. It takes approximately 25 minutes to complete.
Some images have been removed due to copyright restrictions. When available, the citation for the image was included. The module may be updated as openly licensed images illustrating the discussed topics become available. Students are welcome to find images on VisualDx, the American College of Rheuematology Image bank, and the University of New Mexico Image Bank.
This module was created for use in the VCU School of Medicine M1 Movement block, Rheumatology and Dermatology sections.
The creation of the Dermatologic Manifestations of Rheumatic Disease project was sponsored in by the part by the 2021 and 2022 Affordable Course Content Awards program. For additional information about the program, please visit guides.library.vcu.edu/acca.
“Dermatologic Manifestations of Rheumatic Disease: Connective Tissue Disease” by the Mavra Masood, Dr. Beth Rubinstein, Dr. Julia Nunley, Dr. Fnu Nutan, Yasmin John, Haseeb Mahmud is licensed under a CC-BY-NC creative commons license.
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