Course Director

Joan T. Merrill, MD
Joan T. Merrill, MD

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Lupus Foundation of America
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Accredited by

National Jewish Health

Activity Details

Credit Types:CME / MOC / CNE / CPE
Credit Amount:1.0 Credits
Release Date:2017-Nov-23
Expiration Date:2018-Nov-22
Estimated Time for Completion:60 minutes
Registration Required:No
Cost:Free of Charge

Activity Description and Educational Objectives

In this activity, a rheumatology expert discusses current evidence supporting the evolution of strategies to individualize the care of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

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

  • Discuss the impact of uncontrolled systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) activity on organ damage and mortality
  • Assess disease activity and severity, considering the diverse immunopathology and variable expression of SLE in different patients
  • Select appropriate treatment to control disease activity and prevent or minimize disease flares, drug toxicity, and organ damage in patients with SLE
  • Communicate effectively with SLE patients and the multidisciplinary team to understand and address the needs of each patient and improve treatment adherence, quality of life, and survival outcomes
  • Integrate new evidence into practice to appropriately achieve treatment goals in individual patients with SLE

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of rheumatologists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, nephrologists, hematologists, dermatologists, primary care physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists, and other caregivers involved in the management of systemic lupus erythematosus.

Requirements for Successful Completion

In order to receive credit, participants must view the activity and achieve a passing score of 70% on the post-test and complete the evaluation form. There are no pre-requisites and there is no fee to participate in this activity or to receive CME/MOC/CNE/CPE credit. Statements of Credit are awarded upon successful completion of the post-test and evaluation form.

Participants should review all presentations in this activity before proceeding to the post-test to claim CME/MOC/CNE/CPE credit for the activity.

Media: Enduring Material
Release and Expiration Dates: November 23, 2017 - November 22, 2018
Time to Complete: 60 minutes

Faculty & Disclosure / Conflict of Interest Policy

In accordance with ACCME requirements, all persons in a position to control the content of a CME activity must disclose relevant financial relationships to the accredited provider. Individuals must also include in their disclosure the relevant financial relationships of a spouse or partner. Any potential conflicts identified are resolved to ensure that presentations are evidence-based and free of commercial bias. National Jewish Health has a conflict of interest policy that requires faculty to disclose relevant financial relationships related to the content of their presentations/materials.

Course Director

Joan T. Merrill, MD
Director of Clinical Projects, Arthritis and Clinical Immunology Program
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Chief Advisor, Clinical Development
Lupus Foundation of America
OMRF Professor of Medicine
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Joan T. Merrill, MD, has a financial interest/relationship or affiliation in the form of:
Consultant for Anthera; Biogen; Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH; Celgene Corporation; EMD Serono, Inc.; Exagen Diagnostics Inc.; ImmuPharma PLC; Neovacs S.A.; Pfizer Inc.; RRD International Inc.; and Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
Grant/Research Support from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; EMD Serono, Inc.; GSK group of companies; and Xencor.
Honorarium from GSK group of companies.
Advisory Board for Amgen Inc.; Baxalta; Boston Pharmaceuticals; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Eisai Inc.; GSK group of companies; Incyte Corporation; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals; MedImmune; ReAlta; and UCB Inc.


Isabelle Amigues, MD
Department of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
National Jewish Health
Denver, Colorado

Isabelle Amigues, MD, has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

Stephanie Corder, ND, RN
Manager, Accreditation and Programs
National Jewish Health
Denver, Colorado

Stephanie Corder, ND, RN, has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

Andrea Harshman, MHA, CHCP, CMP-HC
Director, Office of Professional Education
National Jewish Health

Andrea Harshman, MHA, CHCP, CMP-HC, has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

Allidah Poole Hicks, RN, AE-C, MS
Staff Coordinator
Department of Nursing
National Jewish Health
Denver, Colorado

Allidah Poole Hicks, RN, AE-C, MS, has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

Lia McGibbon, DO
Clinical Faculty Member
Division of Rheumatology
Department of Medicine
National Jewish Health
Denver, Colorado

Lia McGibbon, DO, has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

Medical Director

Kathryn B. Charalambous, PhD
PVI, PeerView Institute for Medical Education

Kathryn B. Charalambous, PhD, has no financial interests/relationships or affiliations in relation to this activity.

CME/MOC/CNE/CPE Disclaimer

National Jewish Health ("NJH") and its officers, Board of Directors, faculty, employees, representatives, and other agents (collectively, "NJH Parties") shall not be responsible in any capacity for, and do not warrant any content whatsoever, in any NJH publication or other product (in any medium), or the use or reliance on any such content, and expressly disclaim any and all liability for such content. All such responsibility for content and use of product solely rests with the authors or the advertisers, as the case may be.

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Furthermore, the content should not be considered medical advice and is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified medical professional. Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall any of the NJH Parties be liable for any DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL or CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, or LOST PROFITS that result from any of the foregoing, regardless of legal theory and whether or not claimant was advised of the possibility of such damages.

Providership, Credit & Support


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 National Jewish Health and PVI, PeerView Institute for Medical Education. National Jewish Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

National Jewish Health designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Statement

ABIM MOCSuccessful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. Participation information will be shared with ABIM through the ACCME's Program Reporting and Activity System (PARS). Individual or aggregated participation data may be shared with the funder of the activity.


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 12724, for 1.2 contact hours. Licensee must retain certificate for a period of 4 years after the course conclusion.


ACPENational Jewish Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. National Jewish Health designates this enduring material for 1.0 contact hour(s) (0.1 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.
Universal Activity Number: 0831-999-17-003-H01-P
Type of Activity: Knowledge-Based


This educational activity is supported by an educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

The faculty of this educational activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. Faculty members have been advised to disclose to the audience any reference to an unlabeled or investigational use.

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