03565 - Rheumatology (L-Z)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 8415)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has the knowledge to recognize and interpret the main rheumatic diseases. In particular, the student knows: - the signs, symptoms and laboratory and imaging diagnostic data that characterize inflammatory arthropathies (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Seronegative Spondyloarthritis, Septic Arthritis, Crystal-induced arthritis); degenerative arthropathy (osteoarthritis or osteoarthritis); Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis. - Introduction on the classification of vasculitis, on inflammatory myopathies and on the classes of drugs used for arthropathies.

Course contents

  • Outline of anatomy, histology and physiology of the musculoskeletal system
  • Semeiotics of inflammatory and non-inflammatory joint diseases
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Axial spondyloarthritis (SpA)
  • Peripheral spondyloarthritis (SpA)
  • Infectious arthritis
  • Crystal-induced arthritis (gout, CPPD)
  • Inflammatory myopathies
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Giant cell arteritis and other vasculitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pharmacotherapy of rheumatic diseases


Johannes WJ Bijlsma – EULAR Textbook on Rheumatic Diseases – Third Edition (2018), BMJ

AAVV – Unireuma – Reumatologia - per studenti e medici di medicina generale – Idelson Gnocchi

Teaching methods

Frontal teaching.

Assessment methods

Oral exam

Verification of learning takes place through the performance of an oral test aimed at assessing the achievement of the course's educational objectives. The exam is carried out, even if not jointly, by the teachers of the three disciplines that make up the course.

Graduation of the final grade

  • Very limited knowledge of the topics covered in the course and analytical skills that emerge only with the help of the teacher, expressed in an overall correct language → 18-19;
  • Limited knowledge of topics covered in the course and ability to autonomous analysis only on purely executive matters, expression in correct language → 20-24;
  • Broad knowledge of topics covered in the course, ability to make independent choices of critical analysis, mastery of specific terminology → 25-29;
  • Substantially exhaustive knowledge of the topics covered in the course, ability to make autonomous choices of critical analysis and connection, full mastery of specific terminology and ability to argue and self-reflection → 30-30L;

The overall evaluation, expressed out of thirty, will be the arithmetic average of the marks obtained in the three interviews.

Teaching tools

The didactic material (slides) presented during the lesson will be available to students on the Virtuale portal. In addition, the slides of the lessons are provided with a bibliography, in order to allow the student deepen the topic.

Office hours

See the website of Francesco Ursini


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.