10th Annual Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of the Rheumatic Diseases

Johns Hopkins 2014 Rheumatology CourseDescription
Now in its 10th year, this two-day symposium has been planned for the providers who care for patients with rheumatic disease. Given the wide variety of rheumatologic disorders, and an ever-increasing number of diagnostic procedures and treatment options, it is necessary to provide clinicians with information about strategies for the early diagnosis of these conditions, novel state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, and opportunities to utilize the most effective treatments to ensure optimal patient outcomes.

Who Should Attend
This activity is intended for rheumatologists, internists, gerontologists, orthopedic surgeons, nurses and other allied health professionals involved in the care of patients with rheumatic diseases.

Objectives
After attending this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:
• Discuss treatment strategies in systemic lupus erythematosus.
• Review uses and techniques in ultrasound for rheumatic diseases.
• Discuss the use of current and emergent biologic agents in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
• Discuss current treatment in the management of osteoporosis.
• Identify viral and infectious considerations in patients treated with biologics.
• Appraise current management approaches in the diagnosis and treatment of spondyloarthropathies, including PsA.
• Recognize otolaryngologic issues associated with rheumatic diseases.
• Review treatment strategies in the rheumatic patient with pulmonary complications.

Accreditation Statement
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Credit
American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Program accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Policy On Speaker And Provider Disclosure
It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that the speaker and provider disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity, and also disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s). Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine OCME has established policies in place that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. Detailed disclosure will be made in the activity handout materials.

Acknowledgement

Applications for commercial support from health care related industries are pending.  A complete list of contributors will be provided in the syllabus.