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Clinical experience in diagnosis and management of patients with arthritis and connective tissue disease including, e.g., systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, arteritis, scleroderma and polymyositis. Participation in techniques of diagnostic arthrocentesis and synovial fluid analysis. Interpretation of radiologic and histologic material and standard clinical serologic tests (e.g., for antinuclear antibodies; rheumatoid factors, complement, dysproteinemias). Students will work-up selected patients with acute and chronic connective tissue disease and participate in outpatient clinics, optional inpatient rounds and clinical conferences. Students interested in rheumatic diseases of childhood may include pediatric rheumatology clinics as part of this rotation on a space available basis.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Linda Cucci (lcucci@iu.edu)

Director: Renee Moenning, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital, Roudebush VA Medical Center, Eskenazi Health Services, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health Outpatient Clinic (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Identify clinical manifestations of common rheumatic diseases(i)e), systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, vasculitis, scleroderma, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, Sjogren´┐Żs syndrome, mixed connective tissue disease, seronegative spondyloarthropathies (MK3)

  • 2) Explain the approach to diagnosis of common rheumatic diseases, including standard serological studies (i)e), ANA dsDNA, ENA RF, CCP complements) and radiographic studies (PC2)
  • 3) Describe the treatment approach to common rheumatic diseases (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation; Students will be assessed by their performance in clinical discussions and outpatient clinics, as observed by the staff rheumatologist). Formal evaluation will be done through the Standardized IUSM assessment tool:

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; Medicine clerkship must be completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 16-20

Time Distribution: 70% Clinical; 15% Lecture/Seminar; 15% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Linda Cucci (lcucci@iu.edu) Please note: If rotating at the VA, credentialing is required. VA credentialing is a complex and time-sensitive process.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None