What does the COA Basic Science Course offer and how do I benefit? Here are some reasons for attending that you might want to consider.
I am part way through my residency and am having trouble "putting it all together".
This course was designed just for you. The fundamental concept is to understand what really happens to the musculoskeletal system (mss) in health and in disease states. The link is clinical/radiological/pathological correlation. An essential tool for understanding is the microscopic slide; introductory material will allow you understand the cellular anatomy of the mss. As a clinician, or researcher, you may be empowered by understanding the musculoskeletal system (mss) at a cellular level. On day one, you will be exposed to normal growth and development, leading to an understanding of the life cycle of the mss. You will be shown how to link this cellular knowledge to the radiograph, which represents gross anatomy. Then, over the week you will be exposed to all of the categories of disease. You will come to understand that there is no unique pathology for each disorder, but rather a response by the mss that represents a normal mechanism already seen. Your ability to read a radiograph will be enhanced in that you will have reviewed the cellular processes that have led to any radiographic abnormality. You will thus have been given the opportunity to develop the background knowledge to allow you to explain how this abnormality developed. You will have the opportunity to develop appropriate differential diagnoses using this background. This understanding of clinical/radiologic/pathologic correlation represents a powerful basis for further learning throughout your career. While the course is not designed specifically to allow you to pass any one exam, understanding these concepts should allow you to perform better in the exam situation because you will have been exposed to the entire spectrum of the pathophysiology of mss disorders.
The relevant information is presented to you in a variety of ways:
Comments from the course participants last fall included the following:
My overall impression of the course so far: