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Highlights from the American College of Rheumatology 2021 Annual Conference, Part 1

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Tune into this podcast to hear Dr Vibeke Strand discuss key findings from ACR Convergence 2021, including the potential to intervene in patients who are at high risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis; whether vitamin D3 and n-3 fatty acids can prevent autoimmune disease; the Food and Drug Administration’s perspective on the safety of Janus kinase inhibitors; and results from a phase 3b/4 randomized safety study of tofacitinib vs tumor necrosis factor inhibitors.

Physician Assistants: maximum of 0.25 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credits Registered Nurses: 0.25 Nursing contact hours, includes 0.25 hour of pharmacology credit

Released: December 10, 2021

Expiration: December 09, 2022

No longer available for credit.



Vibeke Strand MD

Vibeke Strand MD, MACR

Adjunct Clinical Professor
Division of Immunology/Rheumatology
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California
Biopharmaceutical Consultant
Portola Valley, California


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Amgen.

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Target Audience

NPs and PAs in rheumatology and primary care

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Identify recent practice-changing data across major rheumatologic conditions

  • Formulate strategies for the management and monitoring of patients with rheumatologic conditions based on the most current efficacy and safety evidence


All faculty and planners participating in continuing education activities sponsored by Practicing Clinicians Exchange (PCE) are required to disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies. All relevant conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PCE policy. In addition, all faculty are required to openly disclose any off-label, experimental, or investigational use of drugs or devices discussed in this activity. The faculty and Planning Committee have been advised that this activity must be free from commercial bias and based upon all available scientifically rigorous data from research that conforms to accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis.

Dr Simpson: consulting fees: AbbVie, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Janssen.

Dr Strand: consulting fees/contracted research: AbbVie, Amgen, Arena, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Bioventus, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Boehringer Ingelheim, Celltrion, ChemoCentryx, EMD Serono, Equilium, Flexion, Galapagos, Genentech/Roche, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Horizon, Ichnos, Inmedix, Janssen, Kiniksa, Kypha, Lilly, Merck, MiMedx, MyoKardia, Myriad Genetics, Novartis, Pfizer, Regeneron, Rheos Medicines, R-Pharma, Samsung, Sandoz, Sanofi, Scipher, Setpoint, Sorrento, Sun Pharma, Tonix, UCB.

None of the members of the Planning Committee or PCE staff have any relevant relationships to disclose, except Dr Simpson as noted above.

Instructions for Credit

Participants wishing to earn CE/CME credit must:

  1. Listen to the content in its entirety
  2. Relate the content material to the learning objectives
  3. Complete the post-test and evaluation form

Successful completion of the post-test is required to earn CE/CME credit. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 100%.

The estimated time to complete this activity is 0.25 hours.

Release date: December 10, 2021
Expiration date: December 9, 2022




The opinions or views expressed in this CE/CME activity do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of Practicing Clinicians Exchange or any educational supporter.



Joint Accreditation Statement

Joint AccreditationIn support of improving patient care, Practicing Clinicians Exchange is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

ANCC Credit Designation

NP Course Advisor: Jennifer Simpson, DNP, Arizona Arthritis and Rheumatology Associates, Phoenix, Arizona

Nursing contact hours: 0.25, which includes 0.25 hours of pharmacology credit

AAPA Credit Designation

Joint AccreditationPracticing Clinicians Exchange has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 0.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credit. Approval is valid until December 9, 2022. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

PA course advisor: Antonio Giannelli, MSA, PA-C, Adjunct Associate Professor, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

IPCE Credit Designation
IPCEThis activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

Additional Information

Program Medium

This program has been made available online.