Details

Date and Time

Friday

12.00pm - 1:30pm

Location

Videoconferencing

Rheumatology

This program aims to support primary care providers with diagnosis and management of their rheumatic patients, allowing for early treatment so that tissue/joint damage is avoided or reduced.  

Program learning objectives are: 

  • To develop an approach to identifying inflammatory arthritis in order to 

  • Facilitate early referral and management 

  • Optimize triage 

  • Identifying clinical, laboratory and radiographic features suggestive of disease flare/activity 

  • Monitoring for side effects of commonly used disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) 

  • Monitoring for disease and treatment associated comorbidity 

 

Details

Date and Time

Friday

12.00pm - 1:30pm

Location

Videoconferencing

2023 Program

Date  Didactic Topic
13 Jan Primary Care Considerations when treating the Patient with Rheumatic Disease
20 Jan Understanding Rheumatology: A practical approach to assessing polyarthritis
27 Jan Imaging and Ultrasound:  What, When, Where, Why
3 Feb Lab Testing: When to order or when not to order
10 Feb Approach to the Patient with Back Pain  
17 Feb No session - Family Day
24 Feb Screening and monitoring of rheumatic diseases
3 Mar Evaluating the Positive ANA
10 Mar Expanding Your Differential Diagnosis
17 Mar No session - Spring Break
24 Mar Methotrexate, Conventional Disease Modifying Agents
31 Mar Biologic Disease Modifying Agents
7 Apr No session - Easter
14 Apr Vaccines Part 1
21 Apr Vaccines Part 2
28 Apr Non-Pharm Strategies: Modalities, splits and assistive devices
5 May Preventative Health for Patients with Immune-mediated Rheumatic Disease
12 May Myopathies, weakness, and elevated CK
19 May No session - Victoria Day
26 May Musculoskeletal Complications of Diabetes Mellitus
2 June Rheumatoid arthritis
9 June Osteoarthritis
16 June Juvenile Rheumatology 
23 June Psoriatic arthritis
30 June No session - Canada Day
7 July Gout and CPPD
14 July Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)/ Giant-cell arthritis GCA) 
21 July Lupus
28 July - 1 Sept No session - Summer Break
8 Sept Osteoporosis Part 1
15 Sept Osteoporosis Part 2
22 Sept Scleroderma  | systemic sclerosis
29 Sept When Everything Hurts: Fibromyalgia?
6 Oct No session - Thanksgiving
13 Oct Peripheral Spondyloarthritis
20 Oct Axial Spondyloarthropathies
27 Oct Role of Allied Health in Rheumatology (Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy)
3 Nov Psychological and Social Considerations following Rheumatic Disease diagnosis
10 Nov No session
17 Nov Key Clinical Pearls from Primary Care Rheumatology cases
24 Nov Pain Management
1 Dec Common regional MSK disorders – Lower
8 Dec Common regional MSK disorders – Upper
15 Dec Referring to a rheumatologist: When, whom, what and how  

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 60 Mainpro+ credits. 

CPD certificates will be emailed to participants at the end of each cycle.  

 

Case Presentation  

  • Do you have a challenging rheumatic patient case? 
  • ECHO offers access to interprofessional, specialist and community input to gain practical tips to best care for your patient, without the wait time.  
  • All patient cases are anonymous. Please do not share any patient identifying information. 


ECHO Patient Case Form

 

Inter professional “Hub” Team

Amanda Steiman
Medical Co-Lead of ECHO Ontario Rheumatology (UHN)
Cassandra Schulz
Family Physician
Claire Bombardier
Medical Co-Lead of ECHO Ontario Rheumatology (UHN)
Erin Puhalski
Physiotherapist
Wesley Fidler
Clinical Rheumatologist
Carolyn Whiskin
Clinical Pharmacist
Jadie Lo
Pharmacist
Amanda Steiman
Medical Co-Lead of ECHO Ontario Rheumatology (UHN)
Cassandra Schulz
Family Physician
Claire Bombardier
Medical Co-Lead of ECHO Ontario Rheumatology (UHN)
Erin Puhalski
Physiotherapist
Wesley Fidler
Clinical Rheumatologist
Carolyn Whiskin
Clinical Pharmacist
Jadie Lo
Pharmacist