Targeting Intracellular Signaling Molecules in the Pursuit of Disease Remission and the Comorbid Management of Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Maria Greenwald, MD, FACR
MAVEN Rheumatology Consultant
Medical Director, Desert Medical Advances
Palm Desert, CA

Daniel E. Furst, MD
Professor of Rheumatology and Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
University of Florence, Florence, Italy


Paul P. Doghramji, MD, FAAFP
Attending Physician
Pottstown Memorial Medical Center
Medical Director of Health Services
Ursinus College
Philadelphia, PA


This enduring activity will cover the treatment and management of patients with moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis.


This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of rheumatologists, internists, and allied healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.


Upon completion of the program, attendees should be able to:

  • Review the systemic pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis as driven by inflammatory effector pathways
  • Discuss the clinical trials data for the efficacy and safety of JAK pathway inhibition in the treatment of moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis
  • Describe the disease-related comorbid changes, their associated risks and management in patients with rheumatoid arthritis


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


Purpose: This program would be beneficial for nurses involved in the long-term treatment and management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. CNE Credits: 1.0 ANCC Contact Hours.


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Maria Greenwald, MD, FACR, serves as a consultant for Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Inc. and Merck. She has received research support from AbbVie, Amgen, Astellas, Bristol-Myers Squibb, AstraZeneca, Galapagos, Gilead, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Inc., Merck, UCB, and HIH. Dr. Greenwald has participated in trials of baricitinib, filgotinib, peficitinib, tofacitinib, and upadacitinib.

Daniel E. Furst, MD, has conducted research for AbbVie, Actelion, Amgen, BMS, Corbus, NIH, Novartis, Pfizer, and Roche/Genentech. Dr. Furst is on the speakers’ bureau for CMC Connect (McCann Health Company). He is a consultant with AbbVie, Actelion, Amgen, BMS, Corbus, Cytori, Novartis, Pfizer, and Roche/Genentech. And has done research with GSK, Galapagos and Sanofi

Paul Doghramji, MD, has no financial relationships to disclose.

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2. Participate in the enduring activity.
3. Submit the evaluation form.

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RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2019

EXPIRATION DATE: June 14, 2020

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