Dm Rheumatology is a lesser preferred branch as compared to DM Gastroenterology, Endocrinology or Cardiology. The Dm Exams are now conducted by a committee run by a new board NBE. After doing MD one is eligible for most Dm branches. Many students now opt for Rheumatology as well in view of growing competition and Getting DM Rheumatology is not so easy.
For a Dm aspirant for Rheumatology, it is essential to know exactly how to study as it is very extensive to study for super specialization branches and preparing Rheumatology is not that simple. The new pattern of Examinations has also put students in huddle about what is asked.
Student preparing for Super speciality Rheumatology exams should start preparing for Rheumatology examinations early and not be late.
From Toppers and Experts in Rheumatology about what are the most important tips, one should take a care of below mentioned points. These points give you an idea of what is asked most frequently:
Dm Rheumatology High Yield Points:
- Asymptomatic hyperurecemia
- Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD)
- Chronic tophaceous gout
- Emphasis and focus on different disease conditions like congenital hip dysplasia, avascular necrosis of the capital femoral epiphysis, post inﬂammatory disorders, metabolic disorders (calcium pyrophosphate deposition disorder, Wilson’s disease, hemochromatosis).
- Enteropathic arthropathies associated with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.
- Identifying Malignant rapid progressive deterioration characterized by systemic symptoms of weight loss, synovitis, rheumatoid nodules as in rheumatoid arthritis
- Importance of Synovial fluid aspiration (cells per mm3, neutrophils); crystals; and good mucin clot formation
- Importance of Systemic corticosteroids and intra-articular steroid injections.
- Importance of Acetaminophen, aspirin, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
- Importance of age, wear and tear and obesity in Rheumatic diseases
- Importance of hematologic studies including the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR).
- Importance of Radiography indicating joint space narrowing, joint destruction, marginal osteophytes, and subchondral cysts; erosions.
- Importance of surgery to correct severe deformity or complete joint replacement.
- Importance of symptoms and signs like joint pain, tenderness, redness, and swelling.
- Importance of weight reduction, physical therapy, and mechanical devices (canes, braces).
- Involvement of joints of the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and feet in different rheumatologic disorders.
- Knowledge of Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis; psoriatic arthritis or Reiter’s syndrome; chronic infective arthritis; and tendonitis and/or bursitis.
- Lyme disease in relation to rheumatology
- Mon articular arthritis
- Mucocutaneous lesions include balanitis circinata and Keratoderma blennorrhagicum
- Overproducers of uric acid
- Pathology of degeneration of cartilage, with reactive changes and new bone formation in Rheumatology
- Pathology of inflammation and hypertrophy of the synovium, with infiltration by lymphocytes; the resulting immune complex formation leads to an immune reaction.
- Polymyalgia rheumatica in relation to rheumatology
- Questions on most common rheumatic disease.
- Reiter’s syndrome secondary to chlamydia urethritis or gastrointestinal infections by Shigella, Salmonella, Yersinia, and Campylobacter.
- Reiter’s syndrome / Reactive arthritis.
- Rheumatic fever in relation to rheumatology
- sausage digit
- Systemic lupus erythematous in relation to rheumatology
- Systemic sclerosis in relation to rheumatology
- The importance of Heberden’s nodes (enlarged distal interphalangeal [DIP] joints) and Bouchard’s nodes (enlarged proximal interphalangeal [PIP] joints)
- Underexcretors of uric acid
- Use of penicillamine
- Use of azathioprine
- Use of Colchicine
- Use of Gold
- Use of Hydroxychlorquine
- Use of methotrexate
- Use of NSAIDs such as indomethacin
- Use of Salicylates
- Use of Uricosuric drugs, such as probenecid and sulfinpyrazone.
Special Emphasis should be on
- Calcium pyrophosphate deposition disorder
- Wilson’s disease
- Reiter’s syndrome / Reactive arthritis.
- Polymyalgia rheumatica
- Stills disease
- Enteropathic arthropathies
- Latest Drugs used in treating different Rheumatologic Conditions
- TRAPS Syndrome
- Seckunimab and its use in Rheumatology
- Leflunomide and its use in Rheumatology
- Basiliximab and its use in Rheumatology
- Ruxolitinib and its use in Rheumatology
- Azathioprine and its use in Rheumatology
- Tacrolimus and its use in Rheumatology
The Information would be very helpful for our DM Rheumatology Aspirants. Expect Standard of Exam to be high. Prepare Harder. Practice as many Questions as possible.
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