This year, the ACR will introduce new programming at the ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting. One of the new highlights will be Noontime Clinical Reviews, which have been created to fill in the midday break from programming. These sessions will focus on reviewing clinical topics in rheumatology and will address practical issues relevant to practicing clinicians. Here is a list of the 2009 Noontime Clinical Reviews.
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Low Back Pain—Clinical Evaluation and Medical and Surgical Treatment
This session will focus on low back pain, which is the most common musculoskeletal complaint. Presented by Richard A. Deyo, MD, from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, the session will focus on practical, cost-effective approaches to managing patients with back pain. Dr. Deyo will begin with a discussion on the clinical evaluation of patients with back pain, including the role of diagnostic imaging, and then will complete the review by highlighting evidence-based recommendations for the medical and surgical treatment of patients with acute and chronic back pain.
Antiphospholipid Syndrome: 2009 Update
This session will be presented by Lisa R. Sammaritano, MD, from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a common and potentially fatal condition that rheumatologists frequently see. Dr. Sammaritano will focus on practical issues related to recognizing common presenting manifestations, determining the best approach to diagnose APS, and evaluating treatment options. Rheumatologists must be prepared to diagnose and manage APS, and this session will offer the latest and most practical information to assist in doing that.
Imaging of Diagnostic Dilemmas in Rheumatology: A Case-Based Review (ACR REF Memorial Lectureship)
Rheumatologic care is intimately associated with—and often dependent upon—clinical imaging for both diagnosis and monitoring of disease progression. In the final session in the series, Mark D. Murphey, MD, a leader in musculoskeletal radiology, from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C., will provide practical examples of common and uncommon radiologic signs and clues that are important to rheumatology practice, and will lead the interactive discussion.
The 2009 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting will be held October 16–21 in Philadelphia. For more information about this series and all the sessions available at this year’s meeting, visit www.rheumatology.org/annual.