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Rehabilitation Medicine Focus
CONJ 686, CONJ 687, CONJ 688, CONJ 689, CONJ 690

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Rehabilitation Track Expectations:

In the Rehab Medicine focus of the Chronic Care Clerkship we expect you to acquire necessary knowledge and skills to understand the assessment and competent management of people with chronic diseases, impairments, disabilities, and handicaps. You should recognize the impact that these disorders have on the individual and society, and that the goals of intervention is to optimize the function and quality of life for each individual.

While goals and objectives for the overall clerkship apply to the Rehab Medicine focus, there are several additional goals and objectives specific to the focus, listed below.

Goal 1: Functional Assessment

The student will recognize that quality of life is defined by the patient and may not correlate with the severity of the pathophysiology, impairment, functional limitations, disability, or expectations of society. Develop skills in the clinical assessment of function including mobility, activities of daily living, bowel, bladder, and sexual function.

Recognize how physical, psychosocial, and environmental factors influence vocational and avocational function. Understand the clinical value of functional assessments that assist in management of disabilities.

Goal 2: Assessment and Diagnostic Methods

The student will

  • Demonstrate competency in the neurologic, musculoskeletal, and functional examinations.
  • Understand how physical derangements contribute to impairments and functional limitations.
  • Successfully complete a comprehensive history, physical examination, and functional assessment on the individual with disabilities.
  • Form a clinical assessment and indicate the need for additional pertinent diagnostic tests.

Goal 3: Medical Management

The student will:

  • Understand the principles of management of commonly occurring acute illnesses in the patient with pre-existing chronic disease.
  • Develop strategies to reduce the risk of secondary complications for the disabled individual (e.g. contracture, D.V.T., skin breakdown).
  • Develop a working knowledge of the management and treatment of common chronic illnesses and disabling conditions.

Goal 4: Disability and Society

The student will:

  • Understand that the physician-patient relationship during acute rehabilitation incorporates an educational model rather than the traditional contractual model.
  • Appreciate the process of adaptation to disability and reintegration of the disabled patient into the family, community, and workplace.
  • Understand that handicaps are a result of the interaction between the individual and the environment rather than the individual and his/her disease. Societal efforts can create and remove handicaps.
  • Appreciate the values that our society places on ambulation, communication, continence, and physical appearance and that impairments in these areas have profound psychosocial impacts on the patient, family, and the work/school environment.
  • Understand the potential differences between the patients' and the health care providers' perceptions of adjustment to chronic disease, disability, and handicap.
  • Gain familiarity with caregiver responsibilities.
  • Appreciate the family adjustment that is required for successful reintegration of the disabled patient back into the family and community.


For the Rehabilitation Medicine Electives rather than the Rehab-focus Chronic Care Clerkship, please visit Note: the electives do not fill the Chronic Care Clerkship requirement.

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Info for Preceptors

Information for clinical preceptors on course goals and clerkship policies, as well as evaluation information and course forms.

Course Schedule

Clerkship Calendar

Chronic Care Didactic Schedules
(not including WWAMI, specific focus, or site meetings).

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