Clinical Convergence®: Achieving Success in RA Assessment and Management

Achieving Success in RA Assessment and Management: A Learner Pathway to Improve Patient Outcomes
1 ANCC Contact Hours 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Launch Date:
December 26, 2017
Expiration Date:
The accreditation for this activity has expired.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Martin Jan Bergman, MD, FACR, FACP, FCPP

Martin Jan Bergman, MD, FACR, FACP, FCPP
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine
Drexel University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Chief, Division of Rheumatology
Taylor Hospital
Ridley Park, PA

Martin Jan Bergman, MD, FACR, FACP, FCPP, is a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He is also a full-time clinical rheumatologist in a private practice setting, with nearly 30 years of clinical experience.
In addition to issues affecting the running of a successful clinical practice, Dr Bergman is interested in issues facing practicing rheumatologists on a daily basis. With collaborators, Dr Bergman has played a pivotal role in the development of patient management tools, particularly the Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3 (RAPID3). This disease measurement tool is now an outcomes measure accepted by the American College of Rheumatology and used worldwide.
Dr Bergman is a recognized leader in the field of clinical and patient reported outcomes, and has spoken both nationally and internationally on this and other topics. For his work, he has received the Joseph L. Hollander Award for Excellence and Achievement in Rheumatology by the Southeast Pennsylvania Arthritis Foundation and has been elected as a fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Sergio Schwartzman, MD

Sergio Schwartzman, MD
Franchellie M. Cadwell Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Physician
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Hospital for Special Surgery
New York, NY

Sergio Schwartzman, MD, is the Franchellie M. Cadwell associate professor of clinical medicine at Cornell Weill Medical College, and associate attending physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. Dr Schwartzman earned his medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Long Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY. His fellowship was conducted in the Department of Rheumatic Diseases at the New York Hospital and the Hospital for Special Surgery. 

Dr Schwartzman has authored or coauthored over 70 articles, abstracts, books, and book chapters concerning rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, autoimmune ophthalmic disease, and related topics. He is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network, the American Uveitis Society, and the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA). 

Dr Schwartzman is the recipient of The Fellows Award presented by the Northeast Regional American Rheumatism Association and The Franchellie M. Cadwell Chair. He has served as an Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer for: Arthritis & Rheumatism, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Journal of Rheumatology, The Musculoskeletal Journal of Hospital for Special Surgery, Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, Arthritis Research & Therapy, Medscape Rheumatology ​Editorial Advisory Board Arthritis Care and Research, WebMD Rheumatology Editorial Board, and UpToDate. Additionally, he was a member of the following ACR committees: 2010 ACR Abstract Selection Committee Spondyloarthropathies and Psoriatic Arthritis, 2012 ACR Abstract Selection Committee Rheumatoid Arthritis, and 2013 and 2014 ACR Abstract Selection Committee Rheumatoid Arthritis. He has lectured frequently at the ACR Meet the Professor Sessions on difficult-to-treat RA, and autoimmune ophthalmic diseases.

Dr Schwartzman is on the National Psoriasis Foundation Board and The Scientific Advisory Board of Crescendo Biosciences, and is the research director for Discus Analytics. His current research interests spans RA outcomes and therapy, psoriatic arthritis therapy, defining and treating autoimmune diseases of the eye including uveitis, vasculitis, scleritis, and autoimmune orbital inflammatory disease, and the spondyloarthritis group of diseases including understanding the microbiome in this group of illnesses.
1. Discriminate between the effects of the tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) signaling pathways in the pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and provide a rationale for anti-cytokine therapy as a treatment approach
2. Incorporate validated and guideline-recommended disease activity monitoring to guide appropriate management for patients with RA
3. Develop individualized treatment plans for patients with RA that integrate new and emerging targeted and non-TNF disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (dMARDS) based on safety and efficacy data
4. Distinguish between TNF cycling and switching and prepare treatment plans that improve patient outcomes based on an understanding of the differences between the 2 options
5. Integrate shared decision making and other patient education strategies for patients with RA

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and RMEI Medical Education, LLC.  Postgraduate Institute for Medicine 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.
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
  • Martin Jan Bergman, MD, FACR, FACP, FCPP, has affiliations with AbbVie, Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer, and Sanofi (Advisory Boards); AbbVie, Celgene, Novartis, and Sanofi (Fees for Non-CME/CE Services Received Directly from a Commercial Interest or Their Agents); Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Pfizer (Ownership Interest).
  • Sergio Schwartzman, MD, has affiliations with AbbVie, Crescendo, Genentech, Hospira, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer, Regeneron, Sanofi, and UCB (Speaker’s Bureau); Amgen, Gilead, Medtronic, and Pfizer (Ownership Interest); AbbVie, Crescendo, Epirus, Genentech, Hospira, Janssen, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, Regeneron, and Sanofi (Consulting Fees); and Crescendo (Advisory Board).
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  • Jacqui Brooks, MBBCh, MRCPsych, has no affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.
  • Tania Dickson, PhD, has no affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.
  • Jessica Hatch has no affiliations with commercial interests to disclose.                                      
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The following PIM planners and managers: Judi Smelker-Mitchek, RN, BSN; Trace Hutchison, PharmD; Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP; and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP, have nothing to disclose.
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Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 
Media: Internet
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Jointly provided by RMEI Medical Education, LLC and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine. This activity is supported by an educational grant from Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
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