Oliver Distler: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2020

Name Prof. Dr. Oliver Distler
(Professor Universität Zürich (UZH))
Klinik für Rheumatologie
Gloriastr. 25
Universitätsspital Zürich
8091 Zürich
DepartmentHealth Sciences and Technology

377-0105-00LMusculoskeletal System Restricted registration - show details
Only for Human Medicine BSc
5 credits5VJ. Goldhahn, O. Distler, C. Maake, M. Steinwachs
AbstractStructure and function of the human musculoskeletal system including its major disorders (acute and chronic).
Objective- The students are able to participate in team discussions with correct technical language in the clinical daily routine.
- The students are able to describe the function of the musculoskeletal system of healthy people in a physiologically correct way.
- The students are able to contribute to a therapy plan based on their knowledge of the regenerative capacity of the different tissues in the musculoskeletal system.
- The students recognize pain as a leading symptom in diagnostics and successful therapy.
- The students can assign and compare treatment methods for the most common acute and chronic clinical pictures.
ContentThe students learn about the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and important disorders on the basis of exemplary clinical pictures.

They also learn:
- about its tissue types as well as its function and regeneration;
- important acute and chronic clinical pictures and their therapeutic principles.

In addition, further clinical pictures are presented in the form of seminars.
377-0503-00LLife Cycles and System Diseases Restricted registration - show details
Only for Human Medicine BSc
5 credits5VO. Distler, M. Ristow, M. Seiler, C. Berger, S. Blumhardt, J. Goldhahn, R. W. Kressig, M. Martin, J. Mitchell, A. Möller, M. Wolff, further lecturers
AbstractThis module focuses on special aspects of health and illness in the early and late life phases as well as diseases of whole organ systems. It includes special features of the pediatric, geriatric and rheumatological anamnesis.
ObjectiveEarly Life Cycle:
• Knowledge of the pediatric aspects of the medical history.
• Knowledge about the enormous variety of child development (inter- and intra-individual variability).
• Milestone concept: Assessment of the stage of development of a child in the first years of life.
• Landmark concept: first knowledge of the demilitation on normality versus disorder.
• Getting to know frequent developmental pediatric disorders.
• Knowledge of the most common congenital heart defects.
• Getting to know and recognize respiratory diseases of the upper and lower respiratory tract.

Late Life Cycle:
Upon successful completion of the module, students should be able to
• correctly describe the biological bases of the aging process.
• derive physical and pharmacological choices to modulate the aging process.
• understand the social and psychological implication of aging.
• describe the specificities of geriatric medicine in the stationary setting.
• identify the age-specific differences in both diagnostics and therapeutics

At the end of the module, students should be able to do the following:
• list the typical symptoms and manifestations of the disease patterns;
• list the clinical examinations of the clinical pictures and explain the findings;
• list and justify further clarifications (such as laboratory tests, imaging, etc.) of the clinical pictures;
• recognize the respective clinical pictures of this topic block based on the symptoms, clinical examinations, findings and further clarifications;
• list the possible treatment options for the disease patterns and explain the indication, prevention and risk factors;
• Early detection of clinical pictures that require rapid therapy, identification of further steps for clarification and therapy;
• describe the causes and pathophysiological basis of the disease patterns.
ContentEarly Life Cycle

It describes the peculiarities of the pediatric anamnesis as well as selected topics of the healthy and sick child. The focus is on the newborn, development in the first years of life and adolescence. Infections, congenital heart and the most common respiratory diseases are described throughout the different age stages.

Late Life Cycle

Fundamentals and relevance of the aging process, as well as its biochemical, physiological and evolutionary basis. Insights into its individual as well as economic impact, including interventional and pharmacological treatment options.


Overview Rheumatology, Rheumatoid Arthritis, M. Still, Spondyloarthritis, SAPHO Syndrome, Infectious and Crystal Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, CRPS, Soft Tissue Diseases, Myopathies, Bone Diseases, Vasculitis, Collagenosis, Drug Therapy in Rheumatology, Ergonomics, Occupational Reintegration.
Prerequisites / NoticeVoraussetzungen:
LE 377-0105-00L Bewegungsapparat
LE 377-0107-00L Nervensystem
LE 377-0201-00L Herz-Kreislauf-System
LE 377-0203-00L Atmungs-System
LE 377-0205-00L Nieren und Homöostase
LE 377-0301-01L Blut, Immunsystem
LE 377-0301-02L Ernährung und Verdauung
LE 377-0301-03L Endokrinologie, Stoffwechsel
LE 377-0401-00L Sinnesorgane
LE 377-0403-00L Haut und Anhangsorgane