Residents’ Pre-Course Learning Objectives

Monday, February 22, 2021

The Spectrum of Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy Across Age – Brian Feldman and Ophir Vinik

Drs. Vinik and Feldman will describe the diagnosis, management and differentiation of adult and childhood myositis, pearls and pitfalls, and the transition process from pediatric to adult care.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. identify and contrast the clinical features of IIM in children and adults
  2. understand the principles of treatment of IIM
  3. understand pitfalls, and develop a diagnostic approach to IIM
Interpretation of Plain X-Rays in Rheumatology – Marcos Sampaio

This session enables participants to understand and work with key radiographic features of arthritides and their differential diagnosis.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. describe the fundamental concepts of  radiographic interpretation in the context of arthritis
  2. identify key radiographic patterns of main arthritides types 
  3. present main differential diagnosis based on imaging patterns
Approach to X-Ray Interpretation in Pediatric JIA – Jennifer Stimec

This session is geared toward developing an approach to plain film interpretation of JIA through many case examples.  Features of early to late disease will be discussed as well as consideration of alternate diagnoses.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. develop a consistent approach to plain film interpretation
  2. identify radiographic features of JIA in the spectrum from early to advanced disease
  3. understand alternate diagnoses that may share similar presentations
Imaging in Vasculitis – Alison Clifford

During this session, we will review the major benefits and limitations of different imaging modalities that are available for diagnosing and assessing disease activity in patients with large vessel vasculitis.  Information will be presented using a case-based format and audience polling.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. review the benefits and limitations of available imaging tools for large vessel vasculitis
  2. understand the role of imaging in assessment of disease activity in vasculitis
  3. explain an overview of the major benefits and limitations of available imaging tools

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Antiphospholipids – Who to Treat and When? – Michelle Petri

Antiphospholipid syndrome can be thrombotic or obstetric. Patients with lupus anticoagulant are at greatest risk for both complications. Thrombotic APS should be treated with DOACs. The IMPACT trial will assess anti-TNF as a therapy for obstetric APS.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. review criteria for APS
  2. identify the role of immunothrombosis in SLE
  3. discuss DOAC trials in APS
Immunology 101 – Troy Torgerson

This session will review basic immune concepts and how these relate to the basis of targeted therapies.  

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. illustrate a basic framework for thinking about the immune system
  2. describe the 3 major things that immune cells do when they become activated
  3. select targeted therapies that affect each major immune compartment
Role of Autoantibodies in Disease Assessment: A Historical Perspective – Marvin Fritzler

This session will focus on the history of how autoantibody testing has evolved over the past  70 years to actionable autoantibody testing.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. identify the appropriate role of autoantibody testing in clinical practice settings
  2. identify the autoantibodies that are key diagnostic and classification components of systemic rheumatic diseases
  3. understand resources to assist in filling in areas of autoantibody testing where a gap in knowledge has been identified
Career Planning Panel: Your Questions Answered – Dharini Mahendira, Roxana Bolaria, Claire LeBlanc, Andrew Thompson, John Watterson

This session will feature a panel discussion of practical perspectives and practice-based pearls.  Panelists from diverse practice settings and geographical locations will provide session attendees a comprehensive insight into practice set-up and career planning.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. discuss practical issues related to practice set-up
  2. consider opportunities for continuing medical education upon completion of training
  3. compare and contrast community and academic rheumatology