11th Annual Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of the Rheumatic Diseases

Now in its 11th 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.


After attending this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Discuss treatment strategies in antiphospholipid syndrome.
  • Discuss the use of current and emergent biologic agents in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Discuss current treatment in the management of Sjogren’s syndrome.
  • Identify lupus nephritis and other renal manifestations in patients with rheumatic disease.
  • Appraise current management approaches in the diagnosis and treatment of spondyloarthropathies, including PsA.
  • Recognize ophthalmologic issues associated with rheumatic diseases.
  • Outline screening, risk factors and therapy in the rheumatic patient with pulmonary hypertension.

Accreditation Statement

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) 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 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 Association of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Program accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 17 AAPA Category 1 CME credit(s) for completing this program.

The Johns Hopkins University has approved this activity for contact hours for non-physicians.

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). The 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.


Applications for commercial support from health care related industries are pending. A complete list of contributors will be provided in the syllabus. Please note that commercial support received is solely for the educational component of the activity and will not be used to provide food and beverage.

Please note: The Physician Payments Sunshine Act was enacted by Congress to increase public awareness of financial relationships between drug and medical device manufacturers and physicians. In compliance with the requirements of this Act, the commercial supporter/s of this activity may require the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to report certain professional information (such as name, address, National Provider Identifier (NPI), and State License number) of physician attendees who receive complimentary food and beverage in conjunction with a CME activity. The commercial supporter is required to submit the collected data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services which will then publish the data on its website.