CARE 2015



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Program Information

This online self-assessment tool is designed to test the rheumatology knowledge base of physicians. This module consists of 60 case-based questions with answer rationales, images and educational reference links.


Registration Fees

  • Members: $180
  • Non-Members: $300
  • FIT Members: $99
  • FIT Non-Members: $150
  • Program Director Members: $99*

*Program Directors please email to receive the $99 rate.

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 20 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, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 20 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.


Claim MOC Points

  • Select the MOC checkbox to claim MOC points equal to the number of CME hours claimed.
  • MOC points are submitted to ABIM each day at 11:30 PM EST. After points are submitted, ABIM will not accept changes.
  • If you are submitting MOC points, check your ABIM Physician Portal 24 - 48 hours after submission to make sure your MOC points are reflected.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, learners should be able to:

  • State the fundamental principles of inflammation, immunology, and genetics of rheumatic disease
  • Recognize clinical manifestation and pathophysiology of various forms of arthritis and related diseases
  • Evaluate patients with systemic symptoms and multisystem diseases, regional musculoskeletal disorders, and be able to correctly diagnose/select an optimal treatment strategy.


Release Date: September 15, 2015


Expiration Date: September 14, 2018




Use of Professional Judgment
The CARE Program, including all educational links is intended to be used as a tool to assess the rheumatology base medical knowledge of the learner. The information presented relates to basic principles of diagnosis and therapy, and is meant in no way to substitute for an individual patient assessment based upon the healthcare provider’s examination of the patient and consideration of laboratory data and other factors unique to the patient.

Drugs and Doses
When prescribing medications, the health professional is advised to check the prescribing information accompanying each drug to verify conditions of use and to identify any changes in drug dosage schedule or contraindications.

ACR Disclosure Statement
The ACR is an independent, professional organization that does not endorse specific procedures or products of any pharmaceutical/biotech concern. The CARE 2015 Program has been independently planned by the Self-Assessment Program Development Group under the Continuous Professional Development Committee, and the ACR Committee on Education.

CARE 2015 Development Faculty Disclosures
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Faculty participating in an ACR-sponsored activity must disclose to the planning committee 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:

 Name of Individual Name of Commercial Interest 
 Juliet Aizer, MD, MPH, Chair St. Jude Medical, Inc.-5
William Ayoub, MD Bristol Myers Squibb-8
 Amy Cannella, MD None 
Rodolfo Curiel, MD None
Megan Curran, MD None
Sam Dalvi, MD None
Alan Erickson, MD None
Mark Fisher, MD, MPH None
Lisa Fitzgerald, MD None
 Alison Gizinski, MD, MS None 
Seema Goyal, MD None
 Mandana Hashefi, MD None 
 Joel Hirsh, MD UCB-2
 Rumey Ishizawar, MD, PhD EMD Millipore- 3 (spouse)
Eugene Kissin, MD None
Susan Kroop, MD None
Karen Law, MD None
Deana Lazaro, MD None
Vikas Majithia, MD GlaxoSmithKline- 8
Eli Miloslavsky, MD None
Erika Noss, MD, PhD None
 Mathilde Pioro, MD None 
Jeffrey Potter, MD None
Chaim Putterman, MD None
Neal Roberts, MD Pfizer-1
Angela Robinson, MD, MPH None
Jonathan Samuels, MD None
Jennifer Sloane, MD None
Nora Taylor, MD None
Rodney Tehrani, MD None
Christopher Wise, MD None

Corporate Support

The ACR thanks the following organizations for their generous support of the CARE 2015 program.

  • Celgene Corporation
  • Lilly