Rheums for Improvement:

Building Bridges in Evidenced-Based SLE Care

Faculty

KICHUL KO, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine​
Section of Rheumatology​
University of Chicago ​
Chicago, IL

KIMBERLY TROTTER, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
​Section of Rheumatology​
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

AMBER YOUNG, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine​Rheumatology, Internal Medicine
​University of Michigan
​Ann Arbor, MI

Gurwant Kaur, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Nephrology
Pennsylvania State University
Hershey, PA

Program Overview

The healthcare landscape reveals a stark disparity in the availability of specialized rheumatology care for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) for patients residing in rural regions. This void has resulted in suboptimal treatment strategies, with patients often lacking access to the latest evidence-based interventions and, consequently, experiencing deteriorated health outcomes. Telementoring emerges as a promising solution to this challenge, offering an avenue for rural HCPs to access expert guidance from seasoned specialists in urban centers. This series will address crucial educational gaps, from reducing the over-reliance on glucocorticoids to optimizing the use of newer biologic agents, thereby fostering improved patient care. Furthermore, with an emphasis on enhancing patient adherence and addressing health disparities, the telementoring initiative will elevate the standard of care, ensuring rural SLE patients receive comprehensive, equitable, and quality treatment comparable to their urban counterparts.

Target Audience

The intended primary audience for this activity is US-based rheumatology healthcare professionals (MDs, PAs and NPs) who care for patients with SLE.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Summarize the need for patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) to capture the holistic impact of SLE on patients' lives.
  • Identify remote consultation platforms effectively to facilitate communication and collaboration between rural healthcare providers and urban-based rheumatologists.
  • Apply evidence-based strategies to reduce glucocorticoid dependence while maintaining disease control in SLE patients.
  • Develop personalized treatment plans that optimize the use of newer biologic agents in eligible patients, taking into consideration individual patient needs.
  • Identify methodologies to promote equitable and patient-centered care for diverse SLE populations in rural settings keeping in mind barriers such as: patient education, communication, and cultural differences.

Educational Activities

Social Media Broadcasts - Flash Talks
Case Discussion Broadcasts 
SLE Provider Tool Kit

CASE DISCUSSION BROADCAST ONE

Credit Amount: 1.00
Credit Type: AMA
Expiration: 7/25/2025

CASE DISCUSSION BROADCAST TWO

Credit Amount: 1.00
Credit Type: AMA
Expiration: 7/25/2025

SLE Provider Tool Kit

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FLASH TALK BROADCAST ONE

Credit Amount: 0.25
Credit Type: AMA
Expiration: 6/13/2025
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FLASH TALK BROADCAST TWO

Credit Amount: 0.25
Credit Type: AMA
Expiration: 6/27/2025
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FLASH TALK BROADCAST THREE

Credit Amount: 0.25
Credit Type: AMA
Expiration: 7/11/2025
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FLASH TALK BROADCAST FOUR

Credit Amount: 0.25
Credit Type: AMA
Expiration: 7/25/2025
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This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and Iridium Continuing Education.

SUPPORTER ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
This educational activity is supported by an independent educational grant from AstraZeneca.

Maximum Credit Amount: 3.00
Credit Type: AMA
Release: May 22, 2024
Expiration: June 13, 2025