Activity Details

Free CME
0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Released: December 28, 2017
Expires: December 27, 2018

Jointly provided by

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Design appropriate evidence-based strategies for increasing the timeliness both of the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and the initiation of treatment


Iain B. McInnes, FRCP, PhD, FRSE, FMedSci
Muirhead Chair of Medicine
Director of the Institute of Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland

Marc D. Cohen, MD
Emeritus Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota
Adjunct Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
National Jewish Health
Denver, Colorado

Jeffrey R. Curtis, MD
Professor of Medicine
The William J. Koopman Endowed Professor in Rheumatology and Immunology
Director, Arthritis Clinical Intervention Program
University of Alabama, Birmingham

Program Overview

Delays in diagnoses and early intervention of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), can cause unnecessary disease progression, reduce chances of remission, decrease patients' quality of life, increase co-morbidities, reduce life expectancy, and increase the added cost burden on global healthcare systems. A growing body of evidence supports the concept of a window of opportunity (3 to 6 months after onset of symptoms) during which initiating treatment for RA can relieve symptoms, minimize comorbidities, and reduce the risk for progression and long-term disability. Global medical society guidelines have been revised recently to underscore the importance of earlier diagnosis of RA and to encourage the earlier use of disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) involving a treat-to-target strategy. Clinicians need education about these developments, about the use of established and emerging therapeutic agents for RA, and about strategies for preparing their practices to better manage patients earlier in the course of rheumatic disease.

Physician Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Global Academy of Medical Education. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Term of Offering

This activity was released on December 28, 2017 and is valid for one year. Requests for credit must be made no later than December 27, 2018.

Instructions for Obtaining Credit

In order to receive credit, participants must complete the online evaluation and post-test at the end of this program. Participants must also score at least a 70% on the post-test. Statements of credit will be issued upon completion of the evaluation and post-test.

Fee Information & Refund/Cancellation Policy

There is no fee for this educational activity.

Disclosure Declarations

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME/CE activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Marc Cohen, MD
Has nothing to disclose.

Iain B. McInnes, FRCP, PhD, FRSE, FMedSci
Consultant: AbbVie; Galapagos Pharma; Lilly; Pfizer.
Grant/Research Support: Bristol- Myers Squibb; Janssen; Pfizer; UCB.

Jeffrey Curtis, MD
Consultant: AbbVie, Amgen, Bristol- Myers Squibb, Crescendo Bioscience, Inc, CORRONA, Ortho-McNeil- Janssen Pharmaceutical Company, Pfizer Inc., and UCB.
Grant/Research Support: AbbVie Inc, Amgen, Inc, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Crescendo Bioscience, Inc, CORRONA, Ortho-McNeil- Janssen Pharmaceutical Company, Roche/Genentech, Pfizer Inc., and UCB.

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Mike LoPresti
Nothing to disclose

Margaret McLaughlin, PhD
Nothing to disclose

Ron Schaumburg
Nothing to disclose

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the US Food and Drug Administration. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Commercial Support Statement

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Sanofi-Regeneron.

Course Viewing Requirements

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