High Impact Rheumatology

High Impact Rheumatology is a curriculum designed to educate primary care physicians about rheumatology basics. The overall goals of this program are to increase the clinical knowledge of treatment for arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases, and to hone the skills of primary care physicians in managing these diseases.

Read the license and disclaimer below. If you agree to the terms, click on the "I Accept the Terms" button at the bottom of the page to proceed to the High Impact Rheumatology Curriculum.

Learning Objectives

Your participation in this program will result in:

  • Higher levels of confidence in diagnosing, managing, and communicating with patients suffering with arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases
  • Greater understanding of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities for arthritis and musculoskeletal problems
  • Increased ability to recognize differences between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis that will enable you to efficiently diagnose and treat these diseases
  • Improved diagnostic skill level for regional pain problems and arthritis

License and Disclaimer

This is a legal agreement between you and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). To access and use the High Impact Rheumatology™ Curriculum (HIR™ Curriculum), please read these terms and accept them by clicking the "I Accept the Terms" button.

  1. License: This license from the ACR allows you use of the entire HIR™ Curriculum for noncommercial educational, informational and research purposes. You may modify the content of slide/s. You may not use or share this material without express written permission from the ACR.
  2. Restrictions: The HIR™ Curriculum is a proprietary, copyrighted product of the ACR. You agree that you will not use the HIR™ Curriculum or modify, rent, lease, sell, or create derivative works based on the HIR™ Curriculum for commercial purposes.
  3. Terminations: This license is effective until terminated. The ACR may terminate this license at any time in its sole discretion if it determines you have breached any of the terms of this license. You may terminate this License at any time by ceasing to use the HIR™ Curriculum or any part thereof.
  4. Use of ACR Name and Logo: You may not use the ACR name or logo in connection with your use of the HIR™ Curriculum if you make any changes to the content of the HIR™ Curriculum or any component therein.
  5. Disclaimer of Warranty on Software and Data: You expressly acknowledge and agree that use of this HIR™ Curriculum is at your sole risk. The HIR™ Curriculum is provided "as is" and without any warranty of any kind, including any implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, or originality. No warranties are made that the HIR™ Curriculum will meet your requirements, or that the operation of this software will be uninterrupted, or error free. No warranty is given as to the accuracy or reliability of the data on the HIR™ Curriculum. ACR assumes no responsibility to modify or update the HIR™ Curriculum to reflect new developments in the field of rheumatology.
  6. Limits of Liability: ACR shall not be liable for any damages, including direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, or damages for loss of profits or revenues incurred by you or any third party, whether in an action in contract or tort, arising out of the use or application by you of or any component of the HIR™ Curriculum.
  7. Indemnification: You agree to indemnify and hold ACR harmless from and against any claims, expenses, losses, or liabilities (including professional fees and expenses) in connection with any claim by a third party arising out of your use of any component of the HIR™ Curriculum which you have modified or the incorrect application by you of the medical information contained in the HIR™ Curriculum.
  8. Transferability: The rights granted to you by ACR under this license Agreement may not be assigned, transferred, or licensed to any third party.
  9. Governing Law and Jurisdiction: This license will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, without regard to conflict of law principles. All suits, proceedings, or claims in connection with this license shall be brought in the courts of the State of Illinois in the County of Cook and you hereby consent to the jurisdiction and venue of those courts. If any provision of this license is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, unreasonable, or unenforceable, such provision or requirement will be enforced only to the extent that it is not invalid, unreasonable, or otherwise unenforceable and all other provisions of this license shall remain in full force and effect.

How to Use HIR

To make easier use of the modules, follow these tips regarding organization and format:

Organization of the Material

The curriculum is presented as nine modules, with introductory and other material—in PowerPoint (PPT) and PDF file formats. The PPT presentations can be used “as is” or modified to suit your needs. Some PPT presentations may start or end with a blank slide.

System Software

PPT presentations require Microsoft PowerPoint (version 9 or later). PPT files are large and may take some time to download completely. PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader. Check if your computer is up to date >

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