American College of Rheumatology’s (“ACR”) Lupus Initiative®: Reducing Health Disparities in Patients with Lupus

The online educational activity contains slides from the Internal Medicine Section Rheumatology Symposium held on August 2, 2015 during the National Medical Association’s 2015 Scientific Assembly in Detroit, MI. This activity was supported by an educational grant from the American College of Rheumatology.

American College of Rheumatology’s (“ACR”) Lupus Initiative®:  Reducing Health Disparities in Patients with Lupus

The Lupus Initiative

The American College of Rheumatology’s Lupus Initiative (TLI) is a federally funded education program designed to reduce disparities by improving diagnosis and treatment of lupus in populations disproportionately affected based on race, ethnicity, and gender. TLI offers educational resources for medical professionals in practice and in training.

The educational activities will be designed to improve the quality of care and patient outcomes in those with, or at risk for, arthritis and rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.  There will be special emphasis on discussing the reduction of health disparities experienced by patients with lupus, specifically the African American patient and those in underserved communities. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity participants should be able to:

  1. Obtain an over view of  the clinical and historical descriptions of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or “lupus”)
  2. Understand each aspect of the American College of Rheumatology Diagnostic  Criteria for SLE
  3. Review populations at highest risk for SLE as it relates to ethnicity, gender, and age
  4. Gain up to date knowledge on how common is lupus; prevalence and frequency  
  5. Characterize the epidemiology of SLE that contributes to health disparity of lupus in disparate populations.
  6. Define the healthcare disparities that exit in autoimmune disease utilizing SLE as the prototype
  7. Describe the variables that are contributing to  the discrepancy and potential solutions to rectify the problem
  8. Identify areas of physician and mid-level provider shortages in USA – workforce numbers for internists, family medicine and subspecialists that participate in the care of patients with lupus.
  9. Explore the effects of unconscious biases of healthcare providers on their treatment delivery for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus


Disclosures / Acknowledgement of Financial Support

In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships.  An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she (or spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the CME activity content over which the individual has control.  As an accredited provider balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor must be demonstrated in all educational activities.

The following faculty presenters and planners/managers have stated that they do not have financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interests related to the content of this activity during the past 12 months:

Edward Treadwell, M.D.
Angelia Mosley-Williams, M.D.
Adrienne Burford-Foggs, M.D.
Colin Syphax
Chanda Nicole Holsey, DrPH, MPH

This activity was supported by an educational grant from the American College of Rheumatology.

Continuing Education Credits

The National Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians

The National Medical Association designates this internet enduring activity for a maximum for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants must achieve at least 80% correct in the post test evaluation to be awarded credit. 


August 31, 2016


The National Medical Association (NMA) and its staff and consultants, are not responsible for injury or illness resulting from the use of medications or modalities discussed during this educational activity. The NMA does not endorse the use of off-labeled medications. Speakers must identify off-labeled status of any pharmaceuticals mentioned in their lectures.


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