Arthritis & Rheumatology

Full Course:  20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Short Course:  10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Course(s) are appropriate for:  Family Practitioners, Pediatricians, Internists, General Practitioners, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants (PA-C's)

Series 4 (AR4) Topics Include:  Juvenile Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. Osteoarthritis in Women, Gout Flares, Surgical Options for Arthritis Pain, and more.

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Course Topics

Highlights from the 2019 Pediatric Orthopedic Symposium: Part 2

Diagnose injuries of the hip in children caused by athletic activities; Optimize outcomes after surgical fixation of hip fractures in pediatric patients; Evaluate children with pain in the hip; Optimize the diagnosis and treatment of patients with juvenile arthritis; Select appropriate patients for surgical treatment of neuromuscular pathology of the hip.

Perspectives on Pulmonary Hypertension

Recognize rheumatic diseases in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension; Practice judicious use of serologic testing in patients with suspected rheumatic diseases; Manage care of a patient with pulmonary hypertension; Offer appropriate medical and surgical treatments to patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension; Recommend imaging procedures for a patient with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

Topics in Women's Health

List characteristics of sexual health, function, and dysfunction; Evaluate patients with female sexual dysfunction based on a biopsychosocial framework; Select appropriate therapy for female sexual interest or arousal disorder; Distinguish clinical signs of rheumatoid arthritis from those of osteoarthritis; Counsel patients about head-to-toe pain, inflammatory back pain, and shoulder and neck pain.

Headache /Rheumatic Disease

Differentiate migraine from headaches that may be associated with more serious pathologic conditions; Implement nonpharmacologic treatment of migraine in children and teenaged boys and girls; Optimize the use of abortive, analgesic, and prophylactic medications in pediatric patients with migraine; Identify common presentations of rheumatic disease in children; Develop a diagnostic approach to children with signs and symptoms that suggest rheumatic disease.

Gout /Prescription Drug Abuse

Recognize factors that increase risk for gout; Implement management strategies for treating and preventing gout flares; Detect red flags or yellow flags associated with prescription drug abuse; Use prescription drug-monitoring programs to prevent drug abuse; Create an opioid agreement or contract to effectively curtail drug abuse.

COVID-19 Update

Counsel patients about activities that place them at highest risk for contracting COVID-19; Identify patients who are at risk for severe outcomes of COVID-19 based on comorbid conditions; Recommend appropriate isolation periods for asymptomatic and symptomatic patients with positive COVID-19 test results; Predict risk for severe outcomes among patients with different types of rheumatic diseases; Manage the use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs in patients who test positive for COVID-19.


Rheumatology Updates

Elaborate on the pathophysiology of fibromyalgia; Identify factors that contribute to risk for fibromyalgia; Recognize key differences between the three main classification systems for systemic lupus erythematosus; Provide patients with effective options for treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus; Optimize the treatment of patients with gout and pseudogout.


Arthritis of the Knee and Hip

Assess patients who present with knee pain; Use nonsurgical techniques to manage knee pain; Counsel patients about surgical options for managing arthritis of the knee; Distinguish among common causes of hip pain; Provide preoperative management to patients undergoing hip replacement.

Acute Arthritis /Rheumatoid Arthritis

Identify the etiologies of monoarticular and polyarticular arthritis; Formulate an approach for appropriate diagnosis and management of acute monoarticular arthritis; Treat acute gout; Recognize manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis; Select optimal medications and doses for the management of rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatology/Common Indications for Surgery, Part 2

Perform diagnostic workup to identify subtypes of juvenile idiopathic arthritis; Develop treatment strategies for systemic lupus erythematosus; Identify major clinical features of juvenile dermatomyositis; Conduct an evaluation of neonates with suspected abdominal abnormality; Manage pediatric patients with a surgical emergency


Additional Information

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Other courses of interest may include: Pain ManagementGeriatricsFamily Practice, and Nutrition