Optimizing the Quality of Care for Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Thursday, October 24, 2013

National Jewish Health
Molly Blank Conference Center
1400 Jackson St.
Denver, CO 80206

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Medical Survivor - this will consist of the three faculty members on a panel and Dr. Fischer as the moderator. He will create a patient case and will present the case to the panel. The panel will have the opportunity to explain how they would treat the patient. Then the audience will have the opportunity to “vote off” one of the panel members. Dr. Fischer will continue with the patient case and then ask the remaining two panel members to give their diagnosis. The audience will again vote off a panel member until we have one left.


Conference Objectives

Upon completion of this conference, the participant will be better able to:

  1. Describe the rationale for early administration of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
  2. Discuss the 2010 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) criteria for the classification of RA and their clinical implications.
  3. List the various comorbidities, complications, and extra-articular manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis and their methods of assessment in the primary care setting.
  4. Elucidate the importance of controlling systemic inflammation in improving extra-articular outcomes.
  5. Develop strategies for educating RA patients about the importance of medication adherence.

Conference Agenda

Time Topic
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration, Pre-Test and Dinner
6:00 - 6:10 p.m. Welcome and Introductions
6:10 - 6:50 p.m. Overview of Rheumatoid Arthritis
6:50 - 7:30 p.m. Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis
7:30 - 7:40 p.m. Break
7:40 - 8:20 p.m. Extra-articular Manifestations of RA
8:20 - 8:50 p.m. Medical Survivor
8:50 p.m. Closing Remarks, Post-test and Evaluations

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Program Faculty

Aryeh Fischer, MD (Program Chair)
Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
National Jewish Health
Kevin Deane, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
University of Colorado, Denver
Barbara Goldstein, MD, MMSc
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
National Jewish Health
Jason Kolfenbach, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
University of Colorado, Denver

Who Should Attend

Rheumatologists, family and internal medicine physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Other audiences who may benefit from this activity include nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers who treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Registration Information

NO FEE, conference materials and dinner are provided.

Register Online Now or call 800.844.2305 to register.


Accreditation and Designation Statements

National Jewish Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

National Jewish Health designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Education: National Jewish Health® is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 12724. This program is accredited for 3.2 Nursing Contact Hours.  Participant attendance throughout the entire presentation is required to receive contact hours. 

ACPE LogoNational Jewish Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. National Jewish Health designates this live activity for 2.75 contact hours (0.275 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
Universal Activity Number: 0831-0000-13-007-L01-P
Type of Activity: Knowledge-Based


This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Amgen, Inc.

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