CME Course

Empowering Primary Care Teams to Provide Patient-Centered Arthritis Care

The goal of this course is to provide comprehensive and accessible resources for primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who practice in areas without access to timely rheumatologic care.

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Target Audience

This activity is of value to primary care providers, including physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who manage patients with arthritis/rheumatologic conditions. 

Goals and Objectives

The goal of this video curriculum is to provide comprehensive and accessible resources for primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who practice in areas without access to timely rheumatologic care, specifically throughout the South/Southeastern US. The information presented will increase clinicians’ knowledge and competence in identifying and managing patients with rheumatologic diseases. At the conclusion of the activity, learners should be able to:

  • Explain the appropriate assessment of a patient with arthritic disease;
  • Understand the rationale, use, and selection of laboratory testing for patient assessment;
  • Differentiate symptoms between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis;
  • Identify various treatments available for rheumatoid arthritis and identify, watch, and monitor for adverse and side effect events;
  • Identify and manage patients with seronegative spondyloarthropathy.

Agenda:
Module 1: Empowering Primary Care Teams to Provide Patient-Centered Arthritic Care
Module 2: Assessing the Patient with Musculoskeletal Symptoms
Module 3A: Laboratory Testing: Utility and Limits
Module 3B: Laboratory Testing: Utility and Limits
Module 4A: Early Identification and Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
Module 4B: Traditional Nonbiologic Medications for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Module 5: Newer Biologic and Small Molecule Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Module 6: Seronegative Arthritis

Course Information

CME Release Date:  July 15, 2020
Valid for credit through: July 15, 2021

Course type: Video Course
Estimated time of completion: 2 hours

Credits Available

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

Southern Medical Association designates this Internet Activity (Enduring Material) for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.

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

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the course description, accreditation information, and disclosure information.
  • Login to access the course content and resources for further study.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org 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.

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.

The following individuals, unless otherwise noted, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:

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 President-Elect Designate. 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 as for the patients with arthritic diseases.

Matthew Mullen, MD, is an Assistant Professor, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, attended medical school at the University of South Florida, and completed his residency training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Course Materials

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