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  update in rheumatology 2017 (17MR07)


CME Certified Activity
Friday, May 5, 2017
7:30 am – 2:45 pm



Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Clinical Academic Building
125 Paterson Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Parking will be available at the Paterson Street and Plum Street Garages. Participants will receive additional information in their confirmation materials. For more information visit: http://www.njnbpa.org/parking-locator/


Provided by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Research


Recent advances in the management of rheumatic disease have increased the potential for improved outcomes, including a state of low disease activity or remission. Biologic disease-modifying agents have significantly transformed treatment approaches and the potential for improved response in many patients. In addition, initiation of early, aggressive treatment has been shown to improve outcomes in patients.

Nevertheless, clinicians are unable to keep up-to-date with these new developments in the field - diagnostic tools and procedures, and evidence-based treatment modalities for rheumatologic conditions. Musculoskeletal problems are common, but many clinicians lack the competencies that are needed for their assessment and management. Barriers include inadequate teaching as well as a lack of a simple, standardized approach. Additionally providers often struggle with optimizing therapy to control rheumatic disease activity, and managing potential medication adverse events, complex medical comorbidities and drug–drug interactions.

It is essential that clinicians learn the complexities of evaluating and managing rheumatologic diseases, the current strategies for the early diagnosis of these conditions, the pharmacokinetics and adverse effects of current and new agents to treat these disorders, and the necessity of a strong and communicative relationship between the primary care provider and the rheumatologist in order to promote better patient outcomes.

To view the full conference agenda, click here.


This activity is designed for primary care physicians, rheumatologists, advanced practics nurses, nurses, physician assistants, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with rheumatic diseases.


Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the normal musculoskeletal system and the immunologic processes that contribute to the pathogenesis of rheumatic disease.
  • Conduct the appropriate focused history for joint and soft tissue symptoms, screening, complete musculoskeletal examination, and functional assessment utilizing the appropriate laboratory and imaging modalities.
  • Review the clinical presentation, diagnostic criteria, and initial treatment recommendations for various rheumatologic conditions.
  • Describe the indications, laboratory and exam monitoring, potential side effects, and contraindications of pharmacologic agents for analgesia, disease modification, immunosuppression, and anti-inflammation.
  • Establish a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of rheumatologic conditions that utilizes expert resources including consultation and/or evaluation by a specialist for optimal patient care.
  • Recognize the importance of involving and counseling patients and caretakers on treatment decisions and planning.



Naomi Schlesinger, MD
Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Rheumatology and Connective Tissue Research, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey


Lawrence H. Brent, MD
Head, Division of Rheumatology, Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

Vivien M. Hsu, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Program Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program, Director, Scleroderma Program, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ

Yael Pauker-Sharon MD
Rabin Medical Center, Petah-Tikva, Israel

Chaim Putterman, MD
Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology), Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, and Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System, Bronx, NY

Elliot Rosenstein, MD
Director, Institute for Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases, Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ

All individuals who affect the content of continuing education activities are required to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the activity. The activity faculty are further required to disclose discussion of off-label/ investigational uses in their presentations. These disclosures will be made to the audience at the time of the activity.


In order to meet the learning objectives and receive continuing education credits, participants are expected to check in at the registration desk, attend the program and complete an online evaluation form at the conclusion of the activity. A letter certifying attendance and credit verification will be emailed to participants upon completion of the online evaluation survey.


This activity is supported in part by educational grants from: Pfizer Inc., Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca LP, and Celgene Corporation


In support of improving patient care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 5.25 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

Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses, Physician Assistants

Advanced practice nurses, nurses and physician assistants may participate in this educational activity and earn a letter of attendance as AANP, ANCC and AAPA accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ through their reciprocity agreements.

  Through 5/2/2017 After 5/2/2017
(payable on-site**)
Physician $119 $139
Other Healthcare Professional $ 89 $109
RBHS Faculty/Staff $ 59 $ 79
Resident/Fellow* $ 29 $ 49

RBHS Resident/Fellow*

Complimentary $29






*Registration must be accompanied by program director’s letter confirming resident/fellow status. Please fax the letter to 973-972-3371.

Registrants may be asked to furnish documentation confirming their employment status in order to be eligible for a reduced rate. If it is determined that a registrant does not meet the eligibility criteria, the registrant will be required to pay the necessary tuition fee.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, continuing education credits, and course material.

Registration can only be accepted through our secure on-line website through May 2, 2017. Payment may be made with MasterCard or Visa cards. American Express is not accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration will close on May 2, 2017 or earlier if seating capacity is reached.

**Pre-registration is recommended.Onsite registration will be accommodated on a space-available basis.


Course Information: : For additional information, questions, concerns, or if you require special arrangements to attend this activity, please contact Cate Mackay by telephone at 973-972-3691 or by email at cate.mackay@rutgers.edu

Registration: Contact CCOE at 973-972-4267/855-482-1843 or ccoereg@ca.rutgers.edu


In an effort to provide the most complete materials to attendees and conserve resources, PDF versions of the lecture slides will be made available online to registered attendees. In addition, internet access will be available during the day of the activity - we encourage attendees to bring a laptop or tablet. Additional information will be provided in future confirmation communications.


Once registered, you will receive a confirmation letter and additional information to assist you with your plans to participate in the activity.

A full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee, will be granted if notice is received up to the date of the program. Refunds cannot be given for “no shows” or cancellations received once the program has started. Cancellations must be done online through the registration portal.

Click here to go to the registration portal. Click "Log in" and enter your user name (email address) and password. Select "Current Schedule" on the top menu, and select “Cancel Registration.”

Rutgers reserves the right to modify the program content, faculty, and program activities, and reserves the right to cancel the program if necessary. If the activity is cancelled, liability is limited to the registration fee.

Program Brochure (coming soon.)

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