Shaping a Philosophy in Diagnosing Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Through Clinical Exercises

Amit Saxena, MD, MS

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September 19, 2022

Amit Saxena, MD, MS, recounts the mentors and educational practices that have helped teach him the complexities in diagnosing systemic lupus erythematosus. He reflects on a clinical exercise that involved his fellows looking at a patient with a potential lupus manifestation and then coming together as an entire clinic to discuss and debate whether that patient had certain manifestations.

Dr Saxena notes that this exercise helped him to understand that lupus manifestations are not always as straightforward as many think, and that differences of opinion can happen even among the most senior attending physicians. This philosophy has helped him to stop and consider all options when thinking about whether a patient has a true lupus manifestation before he decides how to move forward with treatment.

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