Free CME Available

January 22, 2016
Posted by AAIP News on 01/22/2016

The American College of Rheumatology’s The Lupus Initiative, in partnership with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), is pleased to announce a new opportunity for free CME related to systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus).  The goal of the project is to train a cohort of primary care providers to become local experts in lupus, to be a resource to help diagnose and co-manage lupus patients along with specialists.  The focus is on providers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho who work in Indian Health Service or tribal clinics.  This is because of high rates of lupus in American Indian populations and the need to address health disparities.

The series will include seven one-hour live online sessions (Fridays at noon Pacific time), as well as seven 30-minute online sessions (to be taken on your own time sometime before each live session).  The sessions will start in February 2016 and end in June 2016. 

Proposed Schedule is as follows:

Session #

Topic Covered in Pre-Session Module and Live Interactive Session

Planned Date/Time for Live Session


What is Lupus?  An Introduction

Fri 2/5/16    12-1 Pacific


Laboratory Testing in Lupus

Fri 3/4/16    12-1 Pacific


Medications in Lupus

Fri 3/25/16  12-1 Pacific


Identifying and Managing Lupus Flares

Fri 4/15/16  12-1 Pacific


Special Topics in Lupus (Kidney, Skin, Pediatrics)

Fri 5/6/16    12-1 Pacific


Lupus in Pregnancy

Fri 5/20/16   12-1 Pacific


Health Maintenance and Preventive Care in Lupus

Fri 6/10/16   12-1 Pacific


To enroll in the provider cohort, please fill out the form below and return to Dr. Elizabeth Ferucci at  or by fax at 907-729-1570.

Enrollment Form


Talking Points

2016 Virtual Education Series on Lupus and Patient Care


Up to 15 frontline healthcare professionals and providers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. This includes the entire healthcare team: physicians, residents in practice, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Know another healthcare provider who might be interested? Let them know about the FREE CME credit and financial incentive.




An online, virtual classroom where you and your peers will learn from top experts and specialists about lupus, access to medications, team-based care, comorbidities, preventive care,  and how it affects people in your area. You will be able to ask questions, bring case studies for discussion, and talk with experts and your peers.


You will have open access to leading rheumatology experts and specialists in your area for five months, in addition to gaining information about patient resources and access to medications.




Your home, your office, your tablet – you connect where you are.


All you need is Internet connection and a webcam and microphone!




February 1, 2016 – June 2016.

See signup form for specific topics and dates.


Virtual live sessions will be held every 2-3 weeks on Fridays from 12-1pm PST.  




Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that disproportionately affects African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and women of every race. It may be the most chronic disease among young African American women, more than diabetes, and mortality rates are highest among American Indian/Alaska Native populations. It is a disease that is disproportionately affecting people in your area of practice.


You likely know someone with lupus, or have encountered a possible lupus patient in your practice. Now you will know how to recognize the signs and symptoms, when to refer, how to co-manage your patients with a rheumatologist, and how to answer your patients’ questions.


Program Details?


  1. The education series will be 7 virtual live sessions led by top lupus experts and specialists. All sessions will be 60 minutes long and will include a post-assessment for CME credit.
  2. Additionally, before each live session, you will complete a 30-minute, half-credit CME activity to prepare you for the live session. This can be done anytime, anywhere before the session.
  3. At the end of the series, you will be asked to complete a follow-up assessment of the entire educational series. Once you complete this, we will send you a check for $1000!



All you have to do is show up. We know that you are actively practicing medicine and that missing one or two sessions is unavoidable. For that reason, if you complete 5 out of 7 live sessions, you are still eligible for the full financial incentive amount! Your CME certificate will be mailed to you upon completion of the program and final evaluation.

Who we are… The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is an ethically-driven, professional membership organization committed to improving the care of patients with rheumatic disease and advancing the rheumatology subspecialty. Founded in 1934, we are a not-for-profit, global medical society that serves over 9,500 physicians, health professionals and scientists worldwide.