Michelle Meltzer, MD
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 923-7885 fax
Hahnemann Medical College
Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia
Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Research & Clinical Interests
Musculoskeletal diseases are among the most common causes of pain and physical disability. There is a shortage of rheumatologists worldwide, especially in resource poor areas. As there is little access to rheumatologists, the curriculum in rheumatology at medical schools in these areas is under-developed. Dr. Meltzer is developing a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), along with the educational services at Thomas Jefferson University, to bridge the educational gap. They will use videos, blogs and discussion boards so that the students can participate in an interactive environment even though they will be separated by thousands of miles. The goal is to improve the proficiency of physicians and healthcare professionals to recognize and treat musculoskeletal diseases. Attention will be given to patient education and the wise use of limited resources.
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