Course Overview

It has been estimated that one-third of symptoms reported to primary care providers are musculoskeletal in nature. The vast majority of musculoskeletal disease is evaluated by a primary care, urgent care, or occupational health provider before patients are ever seen by a specialist. The goal of this course is to address the outpatient care of common musculoskeletal problems by primary care providers. The diagnosis and non-surgical management of musculoskeletal disorders will be covered in lectures, case discussions, and video demonstrations of examination and injection techniques. In addition, optional workshops in splinting and casting and interpretation of radiological studies will be available to participants.


Course Audience

Any health provider worldwide that provides first-line care of musculoskeletal problems, including: primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, internal medicine doctors, family practitioners, occupational medical specialists, physiatrists, providers that work in emergency or urgent care settings, lifestyle and mind-body specialists, orthopedic specialists, pain specialists, pediatricians, physical medicine & rehabilitation providers, preventative specialists and geriatrics specialists.

Learning Objectives

During this course, Primary Care Orthopaedics faculty will:

  • Discuss the relationship between the anatomy and injury of specific anatomical areas
  • Describe the initial management of many orthopedic problems, both acute and chronic
  • Be more familiar with how to conduct and interpret musculoskeletal physical examinations

Upon completion of this course, participants will better be able to:

  • Recognize the most common musculoskeletal ailments in their patient population
  • Identify strategies to diagnose injuries to the musculoskeletal system. These strategies will include appropriate ordering of imaging studies, careful physical exam skills and interpretation of findings
  • Practice appropriate patient counseling post diagnosis, including escalating care or referral to a specialist


Read more about tuition for the Primary Care Orthopaedics course. NPs and PAs at MGB-affiliate institutions are eligible for a discount. Email Megan Leelman for assistance with registration.


  • Kyle Alpaugh, MD
  • Arun Aneja, MD
  • Peter D. Asnis, MD
  • Rene Balza, MD
  • Lorena Bejarano Pineda, MD
  • Eric Berkson, MD
  • Abhiram Bhashyam, MD, PhD
  • Christopher Bono, MD
  • John Braun, MD
  • Bruna Maria Castro De Oliveira, MD
  • Connie Chang, MD
  • Kyle Eberlin, MD
  • John Esposito, MD
  • Harorld Fogel, MD
  • Rohit Garg, MD
  • Daniel Guss, MD, MBA
  • Young-Min Kwon, MD, PhD
  • John Kwon, MD
  • Sang Gil Lee, MD
  • Harry Lightsey, MD
  • Santiago Lozano Calderon, MD, PhD
  • Thuan Ly, MD
  • Augustus Mazzocca, MD, MS
  • Giovanna Medina, MD, MSc, PhD
  • Erik Newman, MD
  • David Nolan, DPT
  • Todd OBrien, MD
  • Evan O'Donnell, MD
  • Mark Parks
  • Mark Price, MD, PhD
  • Kevin Raskin, MD
  • Zabrina M. Shabin, MD
  • F. Joseph Simeone, MD
  • Derek Stenquist, MD
  • Miho Tanaka, MD
  • George Theodore, MD
  • Gregory R. Waryasz, MD