Milestones in Musculoskeletal Medicine: The Knee and Shoulder Exams

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Musculoskeletal complaints account for 15-30% of all patient visits to primary care physicians, yet many providers express a lack of confidence in their ability to perform a satisfactory musculoskeletal exam (Day and Yeh, 2008). Deficiencies in knowledge often stem from inadequate training during medical school or residency and continue as physicians become immersed in practice. Numerous researchers have called for improvement in the musculoskeletal education of medical students and residents. We suggest a novel curriculum-based upon the family medicine milestones that will assist educators and clinicians in developing competence and confidence in their knee and shoulder examinations and enhance the training of students and residents.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Perform a complete examination of the knee and shoulder joints
  2. Implement the knee and shoulder exam musculoskeletal milestones in their practices or programs
  3. Present the knee and shoulder exams using visual, auditory, read/write, and kinesthetic modes.


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