Medical Student Information

The Rheumatology Division has a deep commitment to medical student education

Our faculty is involved in teaching medical students at the University of Colorado in several areas:

  • Didactic lectures:  Dr. Joel Hirsh directs a case-based immunology course for all first-year medical students as part of the 'Blood And Lymph' block. This course utilizes a flipped classroom approach and is carried out by small group discussions lead by rheumatology faculty from all three training institutions. In addition, Drs. Sterling West and Jason Kolfenbach offer lectures on pharmacology. 

  • Musculoskeletal Care Block: All medical students rotate through this clinical rotation, which includes an outpatient rheumatology clinic experience , allowing for bedside teaching and practical instruction from faculty at all three training sites.

  • Rheumatology MSIV Clerkship Elective: Our division offers a month-long elective for fourth-year medical students dedicated to rheumatologic training. Directed by Dr. Kevin Deane, this elective is available to fourth-year medical students outside the University of Colorado as well. Additional information for outside students may be found on the University of Colorado Medical School site. 

  • Summer Rheumatology Internships: Clinical and research opportunities exist for medical students in the summer between the MS1 & MS2 years. The clinical experience is headed up by Dr. Joel Hirsh , while Drs. Susan Boackle and Liron Caplan serve as contacts for potential research opportunities. Financial support for the students has been provided through a preceptor grant from the American College of Rheumatology. Students accepted in the research track or on a research rotation should complete the following form.

  • Research Training: In addition to the formal summer internship described above, our faculty offer research opportunities to medical students throughout their training. For more information on the research interests of our faculty and potential opportunities for student involvement, please see the Research Training page . 
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