2015 CARE: MOC Session 2 - Nonrheumatic and Systemic Diseases and Crystal-Induced Arthropathies



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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 2 - Nonrheumatic and Systemic Diseases and Crystal-Induced Arthropathies 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
  • 4 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:

  • Determine the appropriate testing and evaluation of results to confirm suspicions of disease
  • Evaluate clinical clues (comorbidities, indications related to ethnic background, disease mimicry) in distinguishing between possible diagnoses
  • Identify ideal treatment approaches based on combination of patient education, lifestyle and appropriate use of available therapies


Additional Program Information

2015 Annual Meeting Live Session

Date: November 9, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Moscone Center South – Esplanade, 304
Moderator: Carol A. Langford, MD, MHS
Speaker: Simon M. Helfgott, MD and Hyon K. Choi, MD, DrPH

Dr. Simon Helfgott is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of Education and Fellowship Training in the Division of Rheumatology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is currently the physician editor of The Rheumatologist.

Dr. Hyon K. Choi is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Gout and Crystal Arthropathy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  He also serves as the co-director of the Gout, Hyperuricemia and Crystal-Associated Disease Network (G-CAN).  Dr. Choi received his rheumatology training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and his master’s and doctorate degrees from Harvard University. He has been a leading clinical rheumatologist-investigator with a primary focus on crystal arthropathy throughout his academic career, as reflected by his NIH funding, over 200 publications (including original articles published in NEJM, JAMA, Lancet, Nature, Ann Int Med, BMJ, Arch Int Med, Ann Rheum Dis, A&R, and others), and reviewer activities for top journals and the NIH.  Dr. Choi’s findings have been referenced by many key articles and the recent guidelines from the ACR and EULAR.


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 Monday, November 9 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: Simon M. Helfgott, MD - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Speaker: Hyon K. Choi, MD, DrPH - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Question Author: William Ayoub, MD – Bristol Myers Squibb8