Marilee K. Phillips, RN, is a little out of breath and losing her voice. She’ll excuse herself several times as we talk to clear her throat, but she won’t ask to reschedule. She doesn’t want to say it, but there’s probably no other time to do this interview. In fact, she managed to squeeze it in just before a nursing meeting she’ll have to race to. In the circus of rheumatology, she’s the juggler.
The Rheumatologist: September 2007
Recommended reading from A&R and AC&R
Handpicked Reviews of Contemporary Literature
September’s coding challenge
September’s coding answer
The REF 5K Run/Walk is the ACR REF’s premier event to raise funds to ensure the future of rheumatology. Since 2001, more than 1,700 walkers and supporters have gathered at the ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting and have raised more than $300,000 to help fund the REF’s awards and grants program. But it’s more than just an event; it celebrates the amazing progress we’re making together to fund rheumatology fellowship training and encourage highly trained people to enter the specialty.
Sexuality is an integral part of being human. It is linked to our quality of life and self-identity. Yet living with the pain, stiffness, fatigue, limited movement, decreased strength, and depression associated with arthritis can reduce a patient’s capacity for sexual expression and enjoyment.
More and more members are making the ACR’s Career Connection job bank their first choice for job searches and recruitment. The recently updated site offers tools for both job seekers and employers. Visit the career center online at www.rheumatology.org/practice/careers. The new job seeker section offers these free tools:
Engaging patients in shared decision-making about their health management is increasingly important to improving health outcomes and quality of life for persons with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. In shared decision-making, the patient and the provider are partners who share information and determine together the best therapeutic interventions to achieve desired health outcomes and patient goals.
Wondering what can you do to effectively promote rheumatology issues in Washington? Here are some ways you can get involved…
On Saturday, June 23, 2007, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates convened in Chicago; the meeting’s theme was advocacy. The ACR was represented by its delegate Melvin Britton, MD, and alternate delegate Gary Bryant, MD.
The ACR REF “Within Our Reach” campaign is now accepting applications for its second round of RA research grants. The first round of grants (announced in July) provided an estimated $6 million in funding to 15 recipients.
The ACR has accepted 2,034 abstracts and the ARHP has accepted 92 abstracts for presentation during this year’s annual meeting. These abstracts will be presented in more than 50 concurrent sessions and three poster sessions.
Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., Paul H. Plotz, MD, often enjoyed an exciting game of stoopball with friends. Young Plotz took turns beaming a ball at the corner of his stoop, stopping occasionally to allow his father’s patients to enter the front door of his house, which also doubled as his father’s office.
A journey from physician’s mecca to public hospital
We must build our foundation from within
Global collaboration can improve care
ACR Research and Education Foundation launches campaign to find RA cure
Don’t be blown away by online medical information – use it to your advantage
Imaging studies and kidney problems may trigger this gadolinium-induced fibrosing syndrome