Skin and Musculoskeletal System

The Skin Musculoskeletal Course (SMS) is an 8-week multidisciplinary course that brings together three key disciplines: Dermatology, Orthopaedics and Rheumatology and integrates the acquisition of knowledge in these fields with basic science disciplines that the student has already become familiar with including Anatomy, Embryology, Histology, Immunology, Microbiology, Neurosciences, Pharmacology and Physiology. Students refine and deepen their knowledge of normal structure, function and physiologic processes in the immune system, skin, connective tissue, muscle, nerves, bones and joints. Students advance, reinforce and integrate the basic science concepts of embryology, genetics and cell and molecular biology to the skin and musculoskeletal system. Students are introduced to gross anatomy and anatomic dissection. Building on this foundation, students learn the clinical manifestations of common dermatologic, orthopaedic and rheumatologic diseases. They are introduced to history taking and physical examination principles with specific reference to presentations in Dermatology, Orthopaedics and Rheumatology. Students hone their observational, descriptive and integrative skills. They begin to explore differential diagnosis, clinical problem solving and treatment options in these fields.