The Training Rheum


June 11 - August 28, 2021



Program Information

The Training Rheum was developed to prepare NPs and PAs with the key foundational knowledge necessary to contribute actively to seeing rheumatology patients and addressing their needs in collaboration with the care team. The program content is also of interest to PharmDs working within a rheumatology practice.

This two-day intensive virtual bootcamp will include case-based studies with interactive Q&A sessions facilitated by experts in the field. Come prepared to get involved, grow professionally, and expand your rheumatology network.

The Training Rheum Events

The Training Rheum will take place twice in 2021:

  • June 11 - 12, 2021
  • August 27 - 28, 2021
You will be asked to indicate which The Training Rheum event you would like to attend during registration.

Target Audience
This activity is designed for NPs, PAs, and PharmDs who are new to rheumatology.

Program Schedule

Registration Fees

  • Member - $399
  • Nonmember - $579

CME and MOC Information

This education activity will be submitted to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners for approval of up to 15 contact hours of accredited education.

This program is not yet approved for CME credit. Conference organizers plan to apply for 15 AAPA Category 1 CME credits from the AAPA Review Panel. The total number of approved credits is yet to be determined.


Program Chair
Beth Jonas, MD, FACR, Chief Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, Reeves Foundation Distinguished Professor of Medicine, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

Program Co-Chair
Ben Smith, DMSc, PA-C, DF AAPA, Assistant Professor, Director of Didactic Education, School of Physician Assistant Practice, College of Medicine, Florida State University

Heather Benham, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, RhMSUS, Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, TX

Marcy Bolster, MD, Associate Profession of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and immunology Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program, Boston MA

Lisa G. Criscione-Schreiber, MD, Med, Professor of Medicine, Medicine, Rheumatology and Immunology, Duke University, Duke Lupus Clinic, Durham, NC

Jason Kolfenbach, MD, Associate Professor, Rheumatology; Assistance Professor Medicine; Program Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program; School of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Kenneth S. O’Rourke, MD, Rheumatology Associates, Portland, OR

Gregory C. Gardner, MD, Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Adjunct Professor, Orthopaedics, Adjunct Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine

Nicole M. Orzechowski, DO, Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Director, UNC Rheumatology Clinic, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC

Christine A. Stamatos, DNP, ANP-CRN, Fibromyalgia Wellness Center, Division of Rheumatology, Northwell Health, Huntington, NY


  • Barbara Slusher, PA-C, MSW
  • Kori Dewing, ARNP, DNP
  • Heather Benham, APRN, CPNP, DNP
  • Dana Di Renzo, MD, MHS
  • Heather Finlayson, MS, PA-C
  • Christine Stamatos, DNP, ANP-C
  • Jammie Barnes, MD, DNP
  • Marcy Bolster, MD
2021 DATES

You will be asked to indicate which The Training Rheum event you would like to attend during registration.

  • June 11 - 12
  • August 27 - 28

Contact Info / Inquiries

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