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Rheumatology Alliance of Louisiana

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Needs and Objectives

Rheumatology Alliance of Louisiana 7th Annual Meeting
August 9 - 11, 2019
The Westin New Orleans Canal Place
New Orleans, LA
Program Schedule

Educational Needs

The scientific program of the 2019 meeting of the Rheumatology Alliance of Louisiana is intended to educate our members on recent scientific advances in rheumatologic disorders. These scientific lectures include updates on rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, elevated creatine kinase, inflammatory bowel disease, dermatologic manifestations of rheumatic disease, and a year in review of updates from clinical and basic science in rheumatology.

These sessions will cover several areas of ongoing scientific advancement in this field of rheumatology. They are intended to educate our members and give them more updated knowledge so that they can deliver state-of-the-art care to their patients. Advances in these areas in rheumatology are moving quickly, and it is difficult for practicing rheumatologists to keep up with the latest science. These sessions will serve to provide the needed updates in these arenas.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the RAL 7th Annual Meeting, attendees will be able to:

  1. Discuss updates in the diagnosis and treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis.
  2. Review the current concepts in diagnosis of RA.
  3. Recognize the issues that arise when switching biologics during treatment of RA and review potential strategies.
  4. Review the special circumstances which apply to treatment of rheumatic diseases with biologics and develop knowledge of how to manage them.
  5. Discuss updates in the diagnosis and treatment options for psoriatic arthritis.
  6. Discuss and identify needs in wellness in rheumatology.
  7. Discuss the overlaps of the specialties of rheumatology and dermatology.
  8. Discuss the overlaps of the specialties of gastroenterology and rheumatology as it pertains to inflammatory bowel disease.
  9. Discuss causes of elevated creatine kinase.
  10. Discuss immunologic adverse events due to cancer immunotherapy
  11. Discuss the last year of basic and clinical immunology updates.
  12. Discuss the Microbiome and its effect on regulation of health and disease.
  13. Compile a dermatologic differential diagnosis for various autoimmune conditions including systemic lupus, subacute cutaneous lupus, discoid lupus, tumid lupus, lupus panniculitis, various vasculitides, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, and Beh├žet’s disease.
  14. Identify clues that differentiate the autoimmune diseases mentioned above from their mimicking dermatologic counterparts.