If you are looking for a CME symposium that will present up-to-date, cutting-edge information on a broad array of topics in rheumatology in an intimate setting, you won’t want to miss the 2009 ACR State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium held Friday, April 17–Sunday, April 18 in Chicago, Ill.
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This year’s conference will offer lectures on the use of newer biologic agents in RA, diagnosis and management of osteoporosis, updates on auto-inflammatory syndromes, recent advances in scleroderma, a session on vasculitis mimics, updates on lupus clinical trials, and more.
“The 2009 State-of-the-Art Symposium promises to be an exciting departure from recent years with the addition of our hands-on ultrasound workshops and new small-group sessions, which will each offer participants practical experience in an intimate setting,” explains Christopher Ritchlin, MD, chair of the ACR professional meetings committee.
The Symposium will offer luncheon workshops and, for the first time, intensive hands-on ultrasound workshops. These limited-registration workshops offer interactive education led by topic experts in a hands-on, small-group setting.*
A preconference course entitled “Practice Management Health Check: Give Your Practice a Physical Examination,” will be given on Friday, April 17. During this course, attendees will discuss several practical strategies to evaluate, manage, and improve a rheumatology practice. Retention of junior colleagues, the benefits of incorporating nonphysician health professionals into your practice, advanced coding, and optimizing office efficiency are among the topics to be covered in this preconference activity.
The ARHP preconference “Advanced Practice Skills Training Course,” offered on Friday, April 17, is new to the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium this year. This interactive course focuses on both pediatric and adult populations, and is designed to provide nurse practitioners, physician assistants, fellows-in-training, and other clinicians with an opportunity for experiential learning by performing examinations for musculoskeletal abnormalities, joint tenderness, and swelling. Participants will learn to use score tools such as the HAQ and DAS28, as well as to practice proper techniques for joint aspiration and injections.
For more information on the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium or to register, visit www.rheumatology.org/meetings or contact the ACR office at (404) 633-3777.
* All workshops and preconference courses require an additional registration and fee. Space is limited in the ARHP Advanced Practice Skills Training Course.