CME Outfitters Announces New CE Activity on Identifying and Assessing Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Launches on June 14, 2011, with live webcast; faculty includes board-certified experts in rheumatology; focus on early assessment, treatment, and management of the condition

CME Outfitters, LLC, an award-winning accredited provider of multidisciplinary continuing education (CE), in co-sponsorship with USF Health, today announces a new online CE activity titled "Translating New Criteria and Guidelines to Clinical Practice in Identifying and Assessing Rheumatoid Arthritis". The activity launches with a live webcast on June 14, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. ET, and offers continuing education credit for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and more.

“Monitoring disease progression is an important part of effective treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA),” says Jan Perez, managing partner of CME Outfitters, LLC. “There are updated guidelines from ACR and EULAR that define assessment and management criteria for RA, and it’s critical for clinicians to apply these new criteria to improve early treatment of the disease.”

Perez adds that the new educational activity focuses on diagnostic and management challenges faced by primary care clinicians, rheumatologists, nurses, and other professionals, and helps them:

  • Explain the current focus on early identification and treatment of RA and use the 2010 ACR/EULAR algorithm to facilitate diagnoses of definite RA.
  • Implement strategies for the integration of updated, evidence-based tools for assessing disease activity as part of a measurement-based care and comprehensive, routine assessment armamentarium.
  • Articulate and increase implementation of ACR/EULAR guidelines and recommendations for the management of RA into their daily practice.

Faculty for the activity includes renowned clinician-researchers who have specific expertise in treatment and management of rheumatoid arthritis and related conditions.

Stanley B. Cohen, MD
Clinical Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Co-Director, Division of Rheumatology
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Co-Medical Director
Metroplex Clinical Research Center
Dallas, TX

Joseph A. Markenson, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
Attending Physician
Hospital for Special Surgery
New York, NY

There is no fee to register for or participate in the program. There are three ways to register:
Online: Visit and click the Register for Live Webcast icon
Phone: Call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767)
Fax: Visit, print and complete the activity details form, and fax to 614.929.3600

Target Audience:
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and other non-physician health care professionals with an interest in rheumatoid arthritis.

Financial Support:
Supported by educational grants from Abbott Laboratories, Centocor Ortho Biotech Services LLC, Genentech, and Biogen Idec.
Additional support has been provided by CME Outfitters, LLC.

Credit Information:
This activity offers CE credit for:

  • Physicians (CME)
  • Nurses (CNE)
  • Pharmacists (ACPE)

All other clinicians will either receive a CME Attendance Certificate or may choose any of the types of CE credit being offered.

CME Credit (Physicians):
USF Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

USF Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit Expiration Date: June 14, 2012

Post-tests, credit request forms, and activity evaluations must be completed online at (requires free account activation), and participants can print their certificate or statement of credit immediately (70% pass rate required).

Faculty Disclosure:
USF Health and CME Outfitters, LLC, adhere to the ACCME Standards, as well as those of the ACPE, APA, and ANCC, regarding commercial support of continuing medical education. It is the policy of USF Health and CME Outfitters, LLC, that the faculty and planning committee disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, that relevant conflict(s) of interest are resolved, and also that speakers will disclose any unlabeled/unapproved use of drug(s) or device(s) during their presentation. Detailed disclosure is presented to the learner prior to registration at

About CME Outfitters, LLC:
CME Outfitters 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 list of certified activities and more information, visit or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

About USF Health (University of South Florida):
USF Health produces educational activities that are scientifically valid, free of commercial bias, and based on the principles of adult learning. These activities are developed around specific needs related to gaps in competence, performance, and/or patient outcomes, and, whenever possible, offer education delivered in settings best suited to the intended results.

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