CME Outfitters Announces New Rheumatology CME Snack Series

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Five-part series titled "The Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis" features short-form webcasts designed to emphasize one key learning point for clinicians to apply to practice that day.

CME Outfitters, LLC, an award-winning accredited provider of multidisciplinary continuing education, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new CME Snack series at cmeoutfitters.com. The five-part series of CME Outfitters Snacks, titled "The Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis" was launched on December 21, 2009.

The first two parts of this series are also featured on ReachMD.com.

CME Outfitters Snacks are short webcasts designed to emphasize one key learning point for the clinician to apply to practice that day. This instructional format allows physicians to take advantage of educational information with a minimum time requirement.

The five-part series of CME Outfitters Snacks is on the topic of management of rheumatoid arthritis. Each of the five available Snacks is a standalone CME activity offering between 0.50 and 0.75 credit hours.

Series Topics:
Part 1: Improvement in Patient Care Through Patient Education and Measurement of Disease Activity
Part 2: Comorbidity and Complications of Treatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis—Cardiovascular Risk
Part 3: Comorbidity and Complications of Treatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis—Infection and Osteoporosis
Part 4: Referral Issues in Rheumatology—Early RA
Part 5: When Cancer Should Arise

There is no fee to participate or receive CME credit for this series; however, registration is required. For more information, or to participate in this series, please visit http://www.cmeoutfitters.com/PR428

Moderator:
(All parts)
John J. Cush, MD
Director of Clinical Rheumatology
Baylor Research Institute
Professor of Medicine and Rheumatology
Baylor University Medical Center
Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Dallas, TX

Faculty:
(Part 2, Part 3)
Jeffrey Curtis, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, UAB Arthritis Clinical Intervention Program (ACIP)
Associate Director, UAB Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs)
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

(Part 1, Part 4)
J. Timothy Harrington, MD
Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology Division
Department of Medicine
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, WI

(Part 1, Part 4)
Bernard R. Rubin, DO, MPH, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
Fort Worth, TX

(Part 5)
Maria E. Suarez-Almazor, MD, PhD
Barnts Family Distinguished Professor
Chief, Section of Rheumatology
Deputy Chair, Department of General Internal Medicine
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Statement of Need:
Regularly scheduled, standardized, quantitative measurement of disease status is widely recognized as essential to improving chronic disease management and outcomes. Optimal therapeutic decisions depend on and are driven by such measurement. The management of inflammatory arthritis is a complex matrix of managing symptoms with risk not only associated with disease progression, but also with complications that arise from drug therapy and various comorbidities. Patients can present with hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, and an increased susceptibility for infection. The epidemiology and natural history of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) support early, aggressive treatment to reduce joint damage and functional decline. However, early treatment of RA requires timely referrals and improved communication between rheumatology and primary care. Patient education has become an integral part of the therapeutic approach to helping patients with RA to self-manage their arthritis. A variety of evidence indicates that educational attainment is associated with better disease outcomes in RA. In this series of interviews and case vignettes, the faculty will address the issues facing rheumatologists and their patients in achieving improved outcomes in the management of RA.

Series Goal:
To increase awareness and recognition of gaps in knowledge related to the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, the development of treatment strategies, and the integration of patient education to improve patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Part 1: Compare and contrast evidence-based tools to measure disease status in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and identify strategies for effective implementation in clinical practice; recognize the value of patient education to improve quality of care, increase patient satisfaction, and optimize disease outcome.
  • Part 2: Recognize complications to treatment associated with comorbid cardiovascular risk factors, and describe strategies for effective management.
  • Part 3: Recognize complications to treatment associated with comorbid osteoporosis and increased risk for infection, and describe strategies for effective management.
  • Part 4: Examine referral issues in rheumatology, and identify methods for the diagnosis and treatment of early rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Part 5: Explain what a concomitant diagnosis of cancer means for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and implications for treatment.

Target Audience:
Rheumatologists, primary care physicians, internists, family practice physicians, pain specialists, and any clinical healthcare professional interested in the management of rheumatoid arthritis.

Financial Support:
These activities are supported by an educational donation provided by Amgen and by an independent educational grant from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Credit Information:
This series offers CME credit for:
Physicians (ACCME/AMA PRA Category 1)
All other clinicians will receive a CME Attendance Certificate.

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations must be completed online at http://www.cmeoutfitters.com/test (requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate immediately.

About CME Outfitters:
CME Outfitters, LLC, develops and distributes live, recorded, print, and web-based educational activities to thousands of clinicians each year and offers expert accreditation services for non-accredited organizations. For a complete catalog of certified activities, please visit http://www.cmeoutfitters.com or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

Clinical Compass, a bi-weekly e-newsletter published by CME Outfitters, is a convenient way to stay informed of all of our news and information. To subscribe, visit http://www.cmeoutfitters.com and click on the "Create User Profile" link.

Contact:
Jessica Primanzon
CME Outfitters, LLC
614.328.4508 direct
240.243.1033 fax

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