Biologic Agents in Rheumatology: A Virtual Reality Tour through Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Joseph Merola, MD
Assistant Professor
Director of Clinical Trials
Co-Director, Center for Skin and Related Musculoskeletal Diseases
Associate Program Director
Harvard Combined Internal Medicine-Dermatology Residency Training Program
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA


This online activity is focused on the team involved in the management of patients with psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


This activity is intended for of rheumatologists, rheumatology nurses and other healthcare providers involved in the treatment of patients with psoriatic arthritis and/or rheumatoid arthritis.


After completing the CME activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Assess the pathophysiologic differences and similarities between psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Review the current pharmacotherapeutic strategies for managing PsA and RA in the rheumatology clinic
  • Discuss patient-centric strategies for managing PsA and RA, with a focus on joint preservation, quality of life, and enhanced communication


Med Learning Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Med Learning Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the enduring activity.


Purpose: This program would be beneficial for nurses involved in the care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis. Credits: 1.0 ANCC Contact Hours.


Ultimate Medical Academy/CCM is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Complete Conference Management will accredit this educational activity for 1.0 contact hours.


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support, educational programs sponsored by Med Learning Group must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. All faculty, authors, editors, staff, and planning committee members participating in a MLG‐sponsored activity are required to disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services that are discussed in an educational activity.


Joseph Merola, MD, is on the speakers’ bureau for AbbVie and Cowen Healthcare. Dr. Merola serves as a consultant for Merck, AbbVie, Lilly, Novartis, Janssen, UCB, Sumumed, Celgene, Sanofi, and GSK. Dr. Merola has been a clinical investigator for Biogen, Novartis, Sanofi and Incyte. Dr. Merola has provided licensed outcomes measure for Abbvie.

CME Content Review
The content of this activity was independently peer reviewed.

The reviewer of this activity has nothing to disclose.

CNE Content Review
The content of this activity was peer reviewed by a nurse reviewer.

The reviewer of this activity has nothing to disclose

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During the course of this lecture, the faculty may mention the use of medications for both FDA‐approved and non‐ approved indications.


There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this online activity. To receive CME/CNE credit participants must:
1. Read the CME/CNE information and faculty disclosures.
2. Participate in the enduring activity.
3. Submit the evaluation form to Med Learning Group.

You will receive your certification via email within 30 days.


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RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2018


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This educational activity provides training necessary for licensed attendees to maintain state licensing requirements. The tuition for this educational activity is subsidized in part by unrestricted educational grants, including for those attendees who have successfully completed the state licensing requirements for their respective fields. This subsidy is reflected in the registration fees for this activity.

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