The Training Rheum


June 11 & Aug 27, 2021



Program Information

CME: 15    MOC: 0

Offered Twice for Your Convenience

The Training Rheum will take place twice in 2021:

  • June 11 - 12
  • August 27 - 28

You will be asked to indicate which dates you will attend during registration.

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.

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

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

  • Perform a comprehensive history and physical examination for a new patient, including a detailed musculoskeletal examination and joint assessment
  • Perform a disease-focused history and physical examination for a follow-up patient, including musculoskeletal examination and joint assessment
  • Formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis
  • Order appropriate laboratory, radiographic examinations, and other diagnostic testing
  • Utilize and integrate results of laboratory, radiographic examinations, and other diagnostic testing into management plans under the supervision/collaboration of a rheumatologist
  • Recognize the effect health disparities exert when providing healthcare to populations
  • With appropriate supervision/collaboration, recognize and manage a number of rheumatic diseases if practicing in the adult setting

See information about how to use the virtual platform in the Quick Start Guide.

Program Schedule

Registration Fees

  • Member - $399
  • Nonmember - $579


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


This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 15 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid from June 11, 2021 to August 28, 2021. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. AAPA reference number: CME-202701.

This activity is approved for 15.4 contact hour(s) of continuing education (which includes 2.75 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 21054986. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

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