The educational objectives of teaching are: 1) to provide a framework of the musculoskeletal diseases most significant from an epidemiological point of view 2) to teach to recognize the most frequent orthopaedic clinical pictures that come to the attention of the General Practitioner, through an adequate medical history and a correct execution of segmental physical examination 3) to lead the student to a rational choice of instrumental and laboratory exams, based on the principles of sensitivity and specificity, but also with an assessment of the best cost/benefit ratio 4) to provide the necessary elements to assist the specialist in managing the patient candidate to undergo orthopedic surgery 5) to provide the necessary elements to assist the specialist in the management of the operated patient, once at home 6) to provide the concepts of disability and the general notions of rehabilitation treatment and functional recovery
At the end of the course the student should have a good knowledge of the main orthopaedic pathologies, and be able to interpret, explain and exemplify the diagnosis and therapeutic indications to the patient. The student will be provided with the necessary means to carry out a correct differential diagnosis, performing a comprehensive and independent physical examination and making use of the first and second level biochemical and radiological examinations with sufficient skill. Furthermore, he must be able to recognize the different levels of severity of an osteoarticular injury, identifying the related therapeutic objectives and the means to pursue them, with particular attention to a correct definition of the urgency criterion. Finally, the student must be able to recognize the main functional musculoskeletal disabilities and support the patient along his rehabilitation process.