Previous attendees have found the ARC valuable in their professional development. The following is a sampling of the feedback received:
- “I am new to the rheumatology field. I learned how to diagnose and treat patients, as well as disease pathology, from this course.” —Kathryn, nurse practitioner
- “The ARC helped me become more familiar with the criteria for various diagnoses. And more familiar with lab work, imaging and what is needed to complete a full comprehensive assessment.” —Richard, occupational therapist
- “I saw an improvement in overall patient care from physical exam to monitoring treatment.” —Kaitlyn, nurse practitioner
- “It has enhanced my knowledge overall. My patient education has particularly become more extensive.” —Caitlyn, physician assistant
Although the ARC is comprehensive, the College recognized the need to have educational activities that can be completed in a short period of time. Rheumatology eBytes are online activities created to provide small bites of pertinent rheumatology-related information that can be completed in under 30 minutes. Initially, Rheumatology eBytes addressed the topics of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, but have since expanded to include information on radiographic studies, biologics, biosimilars and tumor necrosis factors in juvenile idiopathic arthritis and other areas. Rheumatology eBytes are free to all College members and offer a total of 8.5 hours of CME (see Table 2).
The Rheumatology Research Foundation offers an award to assist rheumatology professionals in their endeavor to complete the ARC. The aim of the Health Professional Online Education Grant is to increase the knowledge and skills of rheumatology health professionals to meet the needs of a growing rheumatology patient population by reimbursing the cost of ARC registration. There are four application due dates for those interested: Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1 and Nov. 1.
The ARC is a comprehensive, online educational tool that continues to have an important role in facilitating the knowledge obtainment of rheumatology professionals. Rheumatology eBytes complements the ARC. The College continues to support rheumatology professionals to expertly meet the needs of persons with rheumatic disease.
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