This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered in Primary Care Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal, and Endocrinology issues, while suggesting pragmatic approaches to clinical management. The discussion-based format of the conference will encourage audience participation through dynamic interactive lectures and case-based studies. Our national speakers will present and critically assess recent advancements and industry updates in Primary Care Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal, and Endocrinology issues, with the goal of enhancing the knowledge base and core competence of attendees. The successful completion of this interactive program should improve attendees’ confidence in diagnosing, treating, and prescribing the most effective courses of treatment, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.
Family Physicians and all Physicians and other Healthcare Professionals seeking clinical information about Primary Care Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal, and Endocrinology issues.
Our presenting national faculty speakers made it their professional goals to enhance the training of primary care healthcare professionals. This Continuing Medical Education program promises to help learn the most current, best medicine, and techniques for making the diagnosis easier and quicker during a 20 minute office visit.
Topics and Objectives
Clinical Approach to Rheumatic Diseases
Objectives: 1) Construct an approach to the evaluation of the patient with rheumatic disease 2) Define the central role of the history and physical examination 3) Differentiated several patterns that allow clinical diagnosis of rheumatic diseases
Laboratory and Radiology in Rheumatic Diseases
Objectives: 1) Interpret the various classes of synovial fluid analysis 2) Determine the use and limitations of laboratory testing with emphasis on the American College of Rheumatology Choosing Wisely recommendations 3) Discuss key radiological findings in patients with rheumatic diseases
Objectives: 1) Apply principles from the 2012 American College of Rheumatology Guidelines in the diagnosis and treatment of crystal arthropathies including gout and pseudogout 2) Outline the sequence of treatment to achieve the best outcomes for patients with gout 3) State the goal serum uric acid level for patients with gout
Objectives: 1) Identify patients who are at risk for osteoporosis and should be evaluated with bone density testing as recommended by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry and National Osteoporosis Foundation Guidelines 2) Recommend the various non-pharmacological treatments for osteoporosis as recommended by the National Bone Health Alliance 3) Recommend the various pharmacological treatments for osteoporosis as recommended by the National Bone Health Alliance
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Clinical Aspects and Treatment
Objectives: 1) Discuss the articular and extra articular features of rheumatoid arthritis 2) Discuss the use of NSAID and corticosteroids in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis 3) Summarize the use and toxicities of disease modifying as recommended by the 2015 American College of Rheumatology Guidelines
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Objectives: 1) Describe the varied clinical presentations and manifestations in the course of systemic lupus erythematosus 2) Order and interpret laboratory tests used in the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus in accordance with the American College of Rheumatology guidelines 3) Monitor and employ treatment for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus according to the European League Against Rheumatism and American College of Rheumatology recommendations and guidelines