Hospitalist & Internal Medicine: Rheumatic Diseases, Vasculitis, Crystal Arthritis, COPD and Asthma, Chest Pain (Non-Physician)


5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
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    Title: Hospitalist & Internal Medicine: Rheumatic Diseases, Vasculitis, Crystal Arthritis, COPD and Asthma, Chest Pain

    Course ID: W-20220613-HMIM-1

    Faculty: Kendal Williams, M.D., M.P.H. and Lawrence H. Brent, M.D.

    Original Release Date: July 1, 2022  Expiration Date: July 1, 2025

    Topic 1: Approach to the Patient with Rheumatic Diseases (Brent)

    1. Demonstrate the importance of the history and physical exam including patterns of joints involvement and extra-articular findings in evaluating patients with rheumatic diseases.
    2. Distinguish inflammatory (i.e. rheumatoid arthritis) and structural arthritis (i.e. osteoarthritis).
    3. Differentiate patterns of articular involvement associated with different arthritides.
    4. Utilize laboratory and radiological studies in the evaluation of patients with rheumatic diseases.

    Topic 2: Vasculitis (Brent) 

    1. Utilized the classification of vasculitis.
    2. Specify the diagnosis of specific vasculitis based on clinical, laboratory, and pathologic features.
    3. Prescribe treatment for patients with vasculitis based on their diagnosis.

    Topic 3: Crystal Arthritis (Brent) 

    1. Demonstrate the clinical presentations and manifestations in the course of gout.
    2. Monitor and prescribe treatment for patients with gout according to the EULAR and ACR recommendations and guidelines.
    3. Demonstrate the clinical presentations, manifestations, and treatment of calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPPD) and pseudogout.

    Topic 4: Update on the Management of COPD and Asthma in the Hospitalized Patient (Williams)

    1. Perform initial management and stabilization of the patient with asthma or COPD exacerbation and distinguish between the strategies for each condition.
    2. Develop an evidence-based strategy for the management of COPD based on the GOLD criteria.
    3. Prescribe an effective therapeutic strategy for asthma, taking into account recent studies on the safety and effectiveness of various agents.
    4. Detect conditions that may mimic asthma or COPD in the clinical setting.

    Topic 5: Update on the Evaluation of Chest Pain (Williams)

    1. Based on recent standard of care publications, review the contribution of history, physical exam, and EKG findings to the evaluation of chest pain.
    2. Distinguish ischemic EKG changes from their common mimics.
    3. Apply the use of novel and standard cardiac biomarkers to the diagnosis of ACS.
    4. Based on the guidance from the ACC/AHAS and recent significant research studies, determine the best evaluation strategy for the individual chest pain patient.
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