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Program Detail

Release Date: November-12-12
Credit Expiration Date: November-11-13


Allan Gibofsky, MD, JD, FACP, FCLM (Chair/Moderator)
Professor of Medicine and Public Health
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Attending Rheumatologist, Hospital for Special Surgery
New York, NY

Steven Berney, MD
Professor Emeritus, Medicine
Temple University School of Medicine
Section of Rheumatology
Philadelphia, PA

Lauren Collins, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Jefferson Medical College
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

Credit Hours

Estimated amount of time to complete: 1 hour


Video Roundtable

Program Description

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, and increases the risk of systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease. RA currently affects 1.3 million people in the United States, and the incidence of RA is on the rise in women. Without early treatment that emphasizes tight control of disease activity, RA progresses to cause joint destruction, decreased physical functioning, and reduced quality of life. Therefore, early treatment initiation and ongoing monitoring of therapeutic response are critical to improving patient outcomes.

Rheumatologists and other clinicians involved in the management of RA have the opportunity to improve outcomes in patients with RA by expanding their skills to 1) initiate treatment as early as possible with a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) and 2) ensure individualized treatment targets are reached. The goal of this continuing education activity is to expand the ability of rheumatologists and other clinicians involved in the management of RA to implement best practices based on the latest clinical evidence, thereby protecting functional status, enhancing quality of life, and reducing disease burden for patients with RA.

In this video roundtable, faculty will discuss the importance of early diagnosis and factors to consider when selecting and initiating therapy. In addition, faculty will discuss strategies to improve collaboration between primary care clinicians and specialists to ensure optimal care for patients with RA.

Target Audience

Rheumatologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care clinicians interested and involved in the treatment of patients with RA.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Identify which patients with newly diagnosed RA require early and aggressive treatment due to an increased risk of erosive disease.
  2. Initiate first-line DMARD therapy in patients with early RA in accordance with current guidelines and clinical evidence.


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Planning committee members have no financial relationships to disclose.

The information presented at this CME program represents the views and opinions of the individual presenters, and does not constitute the opinion or endorsement of, or promotion by, Temple University School of Medicine, Temple University Health System or its affiliates. Reasonable efforts have been taken intending for educational subject matter to be presented in a balanced, unbiased fashion and in compliance with regulatory requirements. However, each program attendee must always use his/her own personal and professional judgment when considering further application of this information, particularly as it may relate to patient diagnostic or treatment decisions including, without limitation, FDA-approved uses and any off-label uses.

Dr. Gibofsky discloses the following relationships:
Consultant: Abbott, Amgen, Genentech/Roche, Pfizer, UCB, Iroko, Horizon, Takeda.
Speakers’ Bureau: Abbott, Amgen, Genentech/Roche, Pfizer, UCB.
Stockholder: Abbott, Amgen, Johnson and Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Dr. Berney has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Dr. Collins has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Credit Statements

Accreditation Statement: Temple University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor Continuing Medical Education for physicians.

Certification Statement: Temple University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

There is no fee to participate and receive credit.

Credit Provider Contact Information
Temple University
School of Medicine
The Albert J. Finestone, MD Office for CME
3500 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: 215-707-4787
Fax: 215-707-8268

Commercial Support Statements

This activity is supported through an independent educational grant from Abbott Laboratories.

This activity is supported through an independent educational grant from Amgen Inc.


Minimum System Requirements: • Pentium III, 600 MHz or Equivalent Processor • 512 MB of RAM • Windows XP, Vista, or 7 • Mac OS X • 800x600 Monitor Resolution • 16-bit Color • 16 bit Sound Card with Speakers

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