Curriculum Description

Although the current practice of rheumatology and the management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an exciting combination of slowly evolving changes in diagnoses and rapidly changing management options, there remains a wide heterogeneity of outcome expectations and treatment strategies in daily clinical practice.

Recent data suggest that the majority of patients with RA are either not beginning treatment and/or not being appropriately reassessed for potentially necessary therapeutic adjustments within an optimal timeframe. Better disease identification, elimination of existing barriers to early assessment, ongoing monitoring, and treatment decisions within the initial “window of opportunity” are all paramount to providing the best possible care for patients with RA.

Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Continuing Education, together with its partner, PVI, PeerView Institute for Medical Education, have developed a collection of activities and tools that will increase the knowledge, competence, and performance of rheumatologists with respect to the early and aggressive management of RA.