by Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Rheumatology is the branch of medicine that focuses on the study of rheumatic diseases, which are immune-mediated conditions affecting the joints, ligaments, and muscles. Rheumatic diseases are characterized by soft-tissue inflammation and include immune-mediated and non-immune-mediated arthritis, seronegative spondyloarthropathies, systemic diseases with rheumatic manifestations such as lupus and vasculitides, and muscular pathologies such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and myasthenia gravis.

Although not as prevalent as other diseases, rheumatic disorders are frequently encountered in clinical practice and are considered important clinical entities given that affected individuals require very specialized care and follow-up. Pharmacological treatments constitute an active research area in this field.

For optimal comprehension, the student should have a thorough understanding of the physiology of the immune system, particularly the mechanisms of humoral and cell-mediated immune responses. Basic knowledge of the histological classification of tissues is desirable as well.

Course Details

  • Videos 67
  • Duration 5:01 h
  • Quiz questions 148
  • Concept Pages 35


Your Educators of course Rheumatology

 Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Dr. Stephen Holt is the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program at the Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut, USA.
He obtained his PhD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004. Currently, he is Director of the Addiction Recovery Clinic and Codirector of Clinician Educator Distinctions Pathway at Yale School of Medicine.
Because of his achievements, he earned the Faculty Teacher of the Year award from the Yale Primary Care Residency Program in 2009 and 2017.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Holt teaches courses on Physical Examination, Dermatology, and Rheumatology.

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FM Dx and Mng
By Kieffer D. on 16. March 2024 for Fibromyalgia: Diagnosis and Management

Clear diagnostic and management methods for FM. Well organized and easy to reference.

Great FM case example
By Kieffer D. on 16. March 2024 for Rheuma Case: 31-year-old Woman with Body Aches

Good process to work through when FM is on the differential

Clear and concise
By Kieffer D. on 16. March 2024 for Quick Review: Fibromyalgia

Great review for the previous lectures on FM in the series

So professional class.
By Hilda Maria P. on 24. January 2024 for Rheuma Case: 37-year-old Woman with Joint Pain

I am a pediatrician 65 years old and I cry because nobody give a reuma class so interesting, good structured and easy to learn. It is a lot of information. I think that if Lecturio does a stadistical prove about how many students learn more depending of the professor. Dr Holt will have an A.