Online Course

Fundamentals: Activity 1 Overview of Rheumatic Disease in Adults


Expires Dec 10, 2020

Program Information

CME: 1.5

Fundamentals of Rheumatology offers ten individual activities that can increase knowledge, competence, and performance in recognizing the signs and symptoms of common rheumatic diseases in patients. The learner will be able to apply this knowledge and competence to participate in the treatment and care of patients with these chronic conditions and many other rheumatic diseases.

 Includes the following:

  • Pre assessment and optional practice test
  • Video presentation
  • Post assessment and activity evaluation
  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with a passing score of 70% or higher

Target Audience

The target audience is physicians, fellows-in-training, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, office staff, practice managers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and medical and health professional students involved in the care of patients with rheumatic disease and anyone interested in rheumatology that may work in an academic or practice setting.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define the major types of rheumatic diseases in adults
  • Describe the incidence and prevalence of the major rheumatic diseases in adults
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of the major rheumatic diseases in adults
  • Compare and contrast the pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, gout, and fibromyalgia in adults
  • Identify abnormal laboratory and radiological findings helpful in the diagnosis of rheumatic diseases in adults

Registration Fees

Activity 1: Overview of Rheumatic Disease in Adults

  • Member: $75
  • Non-Member: $125

CME and MOC Information

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

Designation Statement 
The ACR designates this online activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Health Professionals 
Participants may claim hours to receive a Certificate of Participation for an activity designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

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.

Maura McCall, MSN, RN - University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA - No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Scientific Editor
Geri B. Neuberger, RN, MN, EdD, Emerita Professor, University of Kansas, School of Nursing, Kansas City, KS - Novartis 9


  • Sumar Gupta, MD - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Courtney E. Kremer, RN, BSN, CPNP, MSN - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Carol B. Lindsley, MD - No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Corporate Support

Educational grant support for this activity has been provided by AbbVie.

Contact Info / Inquiries
404-633-3777, ext. 305

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