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A Better Look at Rheumatoid Arthritis Using Imaging to Improve Patient Outcomes

Allan Gibofsky, MD, JD, MACR, FACP, FCLM; Ralf Thiele, MD, FACR, RhMSUS

This activity is jointly provided by Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education, Dannemiller and Integritas Communications. 

 

This activity has been supported by an independent educational grant from Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

 

Course Description

This CME-accredited Point-of-Care 201™ program is intended for rheumatologists and other clinicians involved in the management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). During the video activity, two expert rheumatologists will translate the latest guidelines and clinical trial data into practical recommendations on the use of imaging modalities for the assessment of patients with RA. Topics will include reviews of various imaging techniques, use of ultrasonography to examine synovial inflammation and other changes in RA-affected joints, and application of imaging results to guide shared clinical decision-making with patients.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of rheumatologists and other clinicians involved in the ongoing management of patients with RA.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be better able to do the following:

  • Describe the benefits and limitations of various imaging modalities used to assess patients with RA
  • Perform ultrasonography as part of diagnostic workups and ongoing monitoring plans for patients with RA
  • Integrate imaging results into shared clinical decision-making and long-term tailoring of RA therapy

Faculty

Allan Gibofsky, MD, JD, MACR, FACP, FCLM
Professor of Medicine and Public Health
Weill Department of Medicine
Healthcare Policy and Research
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Adjunct Professor of Law
Fordham University School of Law
Attending Rheumatologist
Hospital for Special Surgery & New York-Presbyterian Hospital
New York, New York

Ralf Thiele, MD, FACR, RhMSUS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Allergy/Immunology & Rheumatology Division
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Rochester, New York

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

It is the policy of the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education that all faculty, instructors, and planners disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouses/life partners have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Allan Gibofsky, MD, JD, MACR, FACP, FCLM: Consultant/Advisor: AbbVie Inc.; Celgene Corporation; Horizon Pharma plc; Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC; Pfizer Inc.; Speakers Bureau: AbbVie Inc.; Celgene Corporation; Horizon Pharma plc; Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Pfizer Inc.; Stocks: AbbVie Inc.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Pfizer Inc.

Ralf Thiele, MD, FACR, RhMSUS: Consultant/Advisor: BioClinica, Inc.; Speakers Bureau: Amgen Inc.; AbbVie Inc.; Equipment Support: FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc.

Non-faculty

Rose O’Connor, PhD; Jim Kappler, PhD; Sandy Breslow; Alison Kemp; and Bernard M. Abrams, MD, hereby state that neither they nor their spouses/life partners have any financial relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

CME Credit (Physicians)

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education and Integritas Communications. The Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AANP CREDIT (NURSE PRACTITIONERS)

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through the joint providership of Dannemiller the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education. Dannemiller is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 090419. This program is accredited for 0.50 contact hour(s) which includes 0.0 hours of pharmacology.

CME Inquiries/Special Needs

For all CME inquiries or special needs, please contact elsevierCME@elsevier.com.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education, Dannemiller, Integritas Communications, and Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Course Instructions

In order to claim credit, participants must complete the following:

  1. Read the educational objectives, accreditation information, and faculty disclosures at the beginning of this activity.
  2. Complete the Pre-Activity Questions.
  3. Read or Review the activity content.
  4. Complete the Post-Activity Test Questions and Evaluation.
  5. Physicians who receive a grade of 100% or better on the Post-Activity Test Questions and who complete the Evaluation will receive a CME Certificate.
  6. All other participants who receive a grade of 100% or better on the Post-Activity Test Questions and who complete the Evaluation will receive a Certificate of Participation.

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credit amount 0.50

credit type CME/AANP

release 07/11/2018

expiration 07/11/2019

type POC201