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Dr. Terence Starz presents thought barriers to understanding rheumatic disease.

Educational objectives:

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

  • Implement disease state model principals in rheumatic diseases
  • Describe when ANA testing should be ordered
  • Discuss evaluation and symptoms for Sjogren's syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica, and Lyme disease

Reading Resources:

  1. Halsted Holman MD, Arthritis Rheum 1994:37:1565
  2. Wahren-Herlenius M , Dörner T. Immunopathogenic mechanisms of systemic autoimmune disease. The Lancet 2013;382:819 – 831.
  3. NEJM 2003;349:1529.
  4. Andrew J  Carr , Otto  Robertsson , Stephen  Graves , Andrew J  Price , Nigel K  Arden , Andrew  Judge , David J  Bea. Knee Replacement. The Lancet Volume 379, Issue 9823 2012 1331 – 1340.


Dr. Terence W. Starz has no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.0 contact hour.

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Release Date: 3/21/2014 | Last Modified On: 3/23/2014 | Expires: 3/23/2015

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