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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:  Drs. Robert Janson and Joel Hirsh direct a case-based immunology course for all first-year medical students as part of the ‘Blood & 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, Dr. Dennis Boyle teaches communication skills to medical students as part of the University’s Foundations of Doctoring program, in addition to lectures on pharmacology by Drs. Sterling West and Jason Kolfenbach

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. This elective is directed by Dr. Robert Janson and 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 Drs. Robert Janson and 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. 

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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