Provider Statement

This continuing medical education activity is provided by .

Support Statement

This activity is supported by educational grants from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lilly, and Pfizer.

There is no non-commercial support for this activity.

Education activities are distinguished as separate from endorsement of commercial products. When commercial products are displayed, participants will be advised that accredited status as a provider refers only to its continuing education activities and does not imply ANCC Commission on Accreditation endorsement of any commercial products.

Activity Chair

Leonard H. Calabrese, DO
Professor of Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of
Case Western Reserve University
Director of the R.J. Fasenmyer Center for
Clinical Immunology
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH


Elizabeth Kirchner, MSN, CNP
Elizabeth Kirchner, MSN, CNP
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH


Kevin D. Deane, MD, PhD
Ronald A. Codario, MD, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP

Nurse Planner

Barbara Niedz, PhD, RN, CPHQ

Activity Details

Credit Type: CME/CNE
Credit Amount: 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
0.25 contact hours
Release Date: September 19, 2016
Expiration Date: September 18, 2017
Estimated Time to Complete Activity: 15 minutes
Registration Required: Yes
Fee for Activity: There is no fee for participating in this activity.

Target Audience

The intended audience for this activity is rheumatologists, rheumatology nurses, and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Purpose/Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this educational activity, participants should be better able to examine the immunopathogenesis and therapeutic landscape of RA and allied conditions, as well as strategies to mitigate risk from biologic and immune-based agents.


Vindico Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Vindico Medical Education, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Credit Designation

Vindico Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Vindico Medical Education will provide 0.25 contact hours for nurses.

Nurse practitioners can apply for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). AANP will accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Nurse practitioners can also apply for credit through their state boards.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 0.25 hours credit for completing this program.

This enduring material is approved for 1 year from the date of original release, September 19, 2016 to September 18, 2017.

How to Participate in this Activity and Obtain CME/CNE Credit

To participate in this CME/CNE activity, you must complete the pretest, review the CME/CNE content, and complete the CME/CNE posttest and the evaluation. Provide only one (1) correct answer for each question. A satisfactory score is defined as answering 1 out of 1 of the posttest questions correctly. Upon receipt of the completed materials, if a satisfactory score on the posttest is achieved, Vindico Medical Education will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ Certificate or Learner-Paced Contact Hours Certificate.


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all CME providers are required to disclose to the activity audience the relevant financial relationships of the planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the CME activity content over which the individual has control.

Steering Committee and Faculty report the following relationship(s): 
Leonard H. Calabrese, DO 
Consulting Fee: GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Pfizer, Sanofi 
Speakers Bureau: AbbVie, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Crescendo, Genentech, Janssen

Joseph E. Craft, MD 
Non-CME Services Fees: Bristol-Myers Squibb, MedImmune

John J. Cush, MD 
Consulting Fee: AbbVie, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Genentech, Janssen, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, UCB
Clinical Investigator: AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Celgene, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer

Elizabeth Kirchner, CNP, MSN 
Consulting Fee: Pfizer, Sanofi 
Speakers Bureau: Crescendo Bioscience

William F.C. Rigby, MD 
Consulting Fee: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lilly, Pfizer, Roche
Non-CME Services Fees: Bristol-Myers Squibb
Contracted Research: Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Roche

Sergio Schwartzman, MD
Consulting Fee: AbbVie, Crescendo, Epirus, Genentech, Hospira, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer, Regeneron
Speakers Bureau: AbbVie, Crescendo, Genentech, Hospira, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer
Ownership Interest: Amgen, Gilead, Medtronic, Pfizer
Board Member: Discus-Analytics National Psoriasis Foundation
Scientific Advisory Board Member: Bioscience, Crescendo

Gregg Silverman, MD
Consulting Fee: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech 
Speakers Bureau: Genentech

Reviewers report the following relationship(s):
Kevin D. Deane, MD, PhD
Consulting Fee: Janssen 
Honoraria: Medscape

Ronald A. Codario, MD, FACP, FNLA, RPVI, CHCP 
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Nurse Planner reports the following relationship(s):
Barbara Niedz, PhD, RN, CPHQ 
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Vindico Medical Education staff report the following relationship(s):
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Signed disclosures are on file at Vindico Medical Education, Office of Medical Affairs and Compliance.

Unlabeled and Investigational Usage

The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain references to unlabeled uses of FDA-approved products or to products not approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The faculty members have been made aware of their obligation to disclose such usage. All activity participants will be informed if any speakers/authors intend to discuss either non-FDA approved or investigational use of products/devices.

Copyright Statement

Created and published by Vindico Medical Education, 6900 Grove Road, Building 100, Thorofare, NJ 08086-9447. Telephone: 856-994-9400; Fax: 856-384-6680. Printed in the USA. Copyright © 2016 Vindico Medical Education. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The material presented at or in any of Vindico Medical Education continuing medical education activities does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Vindico Medical Education. Neither Vindico Medical Education nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufacturers. The faculty/authors may discuss the use of materials and/or products that have not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. All readers and continuing education participants should verify all information before treating patients or utilizing any product.

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