Target Audience

This activity is designed for healthcare professionals including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and allied healthcare professionals of all specialties.

Goals and Objectives

There is a nationwide shortage of rheumatologists; this shortage is even more acute in the southeastern United States, where there is only one rheumatologist for every 60,000 population. As a result, many patients have to travel hours to the closest rheumatologist, and quite often the waiting time can be several months. A number of the reasons for referral might not need intervention by the rheumatologist; unfortunately, many primary care providers have limited training in rheumatologic disease. This session will discuss limitations of screening studies done, as well as review management of musculoskeletal disorders in the primary care setting, as well as highlighting findings and indications that warrant rheumatologic referral. At the conclusion of the session, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Recognize the utility and limitations of testing used to assess a patient with musculoskeletal complaints;
  • Identify those patients in which prompt rheumatologic referrals are important;
  • Manage common musculoskeletal problems that can be managed in the primary care setting.

Course Information

CME Release Date:   November 15, 2018
Valid for credit through:  November 15, 2019
Course type:  Video lecture

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of  1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1 hours of Category I credit for completing this activity.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • View the educational video of the lecture.
  • Study the educational references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. Learners must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Christopher R. Morris, MD

Christopher R. Morris, MD, a board certified rheumatologist with more than 25 years’ experience, is in private practice in Kingsport, Tennessee at Arthritis Associates. Additionally, he has served as a clinical educator for internal medicine residents at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Norton Community Hospital in Norton, Virginia, and Johnston Memorial Hospital, in Abingdon, Virginia.

A native of Springfield, Illinois, Dr. Morris received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and received his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He completed his Internship and Residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, and Rheumatology fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Dr. Morris is an active member of the Southern Medical Association (SMA) and currently serves as the Chair of the Education Committee. He previously has served as an SMA Councilor for the state of Tennessee, as well as a member of several of the Association's Education Design Groups. Additionally, Dr. Morris has served on 5 Committees for the American College of Rheumatology, currently serving on the Government Affairs Committee, which advocates for the specialty of Rheumatology, as well asfor the patients with arthritic diseases.


  • Dr. Morris has the following  relevant financial relationships to disclose:
    • Abbvie/Clinical Investigator;
    • Ironwood Pharmaceuticals/Honorarium/Speaker

  • Dr. Morris  does not intend to discuss off-label or investigational uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not yet approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

Planning Committee
The following planning committee members have no relevant financial relationships to declare:
Donald DiPette, MD
Christopher Morris, MD
Randall E. Glick, BSB/PM MCP
Jennifer Price, MA, SMA CME Program Manager

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