2015 CARE: MOC Session 3 - Other Rheumatic Connective Tissue Disease



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Program Information

Assess your rheumatology medical knowledge and enhance your patient care! This program combines 12 question pre and post-assessments with participation in a live session at the 2015 Annual Meeting or in the review of the posted session slides/materials.


With CARE: MOC Sessions 2015 – Session 3 Other Rheumatic Connective Tissue Disease you receive:

  • Pre and post assessment consisting of 12 case-based, multiple-choice questions with in-depth answer rationales
  • Access to educational materials prepared by the session speakers
  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 4 ABIM MOC points with a passing score of 70% or higher


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

  • Recognize traditional hallmarks and predictive factors of disease activity in diagnosis of various forms of myopathy, polymyalgia rheumatica, Sjögren’s syndrome, and adult-onset Still’s disease
  • Develop treatment and management strategies to address complications in autoimmune diseases and statin-associated muscle symptoms
  • Recognize signs and symptoms that distinguish rheumatic connective tissue diseases


Additional Program Information

2015 Annual Meeting Live Session
Date: November 10, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Moscone Center South – Esplanade, 304
Moderator: Carol A. Langford, MD, MHS
Speaker: Alan Baer, MD

Dr. Alan Baer received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his post-graduate medical training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at the Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt University Hospitals. He was a faculty member at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, from 1986 to 2007, and served there as Chief of the Section of Rheumatology and Fellowship Program Director. He joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2007 and is currently Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Gout Clinic and the Jerome L. Greene Sjögren’s Syndrome Center. He is an investigator in the Sjögren’s Syndrome Clinic at the National Institutes of Health. He served for seven years as Chief of Rheumatology at the Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Baer is engaged in research studies in the areas of both Sjögren’s syndrome and gout. He was the principal investigator of the NIH subcontract to Hopkins to conduct the Sjögren’s International Registry (SICCA). He is conducting a longitudinal study of patients with Sjögren’s syndrome and directed a clinical trial of baminercept in Sjögren’s syndrome organized by the Autoimmunity Centers of Excellence. He is collaborating with colleagues at the Bloomberg School of Public Health on epidemiologic studies of gout, using the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities cohort, and with colleagues in the Department of Radiology on the utility of dual energy computed tomography in gout.


Each stage must be completed in sequential order:

Stage A. Complete the 12 question pre-assessment

Stage B.  Attest you will complete the educational intervention

Intervention options are:

  • Attending the live session on Tuesday, November 10 from 12:30-2:00 pm in Moscone Center South – Esplanade, 304


  • Reviewing the session materials posted in this module

Stage C. Complete the 12 question post-assessment with a minimum score of 70%

  • Compare your Stage A and Stage C results
  • Submit Activity Evaluation for CME
  • ACR will submit your results to the ABIM for your MOC points to reflect on your ABIM MOC Profile

Registration Fees

  •  Members/Nonmembers - $30

CME and MOC Information

Accreditation Statement
The American College of Rheumatology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The ACR designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activities.

MOC Statement
Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 4 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.

How to Claim MOC Points

  1. Login to My Educational Activities.
  2. Select the MOC checkbox to claim MOC points equal to the number of CME hours claimed. (note: MOC points are submitted to ABIM each day at 11:30 PM EST. After points are submitted, ABIM will not accept changes).
  3. Check the ABIM Physician Portal 24 - 48 hours after submission to make sure your MOC points are reflected.

Faculty and Disclosures

ACR Disclosure Statement
The ACR is an independent, professional organization that does not endorse specific procedures or products of any pharmaceutical/biotech concern. Educational activities provided by the ACR must demonstrate balance, independence, and scientific rigor. All those in a position to control the content of an activity must disclose all relevant financial relationship(s) with commercial interest(s). For this educational activity, all conflicts of interest have been resolved through peer review and revisions to ensure independence, evidence base, fair balance, and absence of commercial bias.

Faculty participating in an ACR-sponsored activity must disclose to the editorial team and audience any financial or other relationship(s) including, but not limited to:

  1. Stock, stock options or bond holdings in a for-profit corporation or self-directed pension plan
  2. Research grants
  3. Employment (full or part-time)
  4. Ownership or partnership
  5. Consulting fees or other remuneration (payment)
  6. Non-remunerative positions of influence such as officer, board member, trustee or public spokesperson
  7. Receipt of royalties
  8. Speakers' bureau
  9. Other

The faculty reported the following disclosures.

  • Moderator: Carol A. Langford, MD, MHS - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Speaker: Alan Baer, MD – Glenmark Pharmaceuticals5, UpToDate7, InPractice7
  • Question Author: Samir Dalvi, MD - No relevant financial relationships to disclose