In 2008, a rheumatology workforce analysis report published by the American College of Rheumatology Workforce Study Advisory Group concluded:
Based on assessment of supply and demand under current scenarios, the demand for rheumatologists is expected to exceed supply in the coming decades. Strategies for the profession to adapt to this changing health care landscape include increasing the number of fellows each year, utilizing physician assistants and nurse practitioners in greater numbers, and improving practice efficiency.
Fast forward to 2015
The 2015 ACR/ARHP Workforce Study of Rheumatology Specialists in the United States projects a shortage of 3,845 rheumatologists in the U.S. by 2025, an increase from the 2005 ACR Workforce Study, which projected a shortage of 2,576 rheumatologists. Reasons for the shortage include: Continue reading
A checkup appointment at my rheumatologist (doctor who specializes in arthritis) always leads to some interesting discussions. Most of the time I try to “research” a topic beforehand, so that I am armed with the latest background information on whatever are my most pressing concerns at the time. When I launch into my questions (I always have a list written out), I have a better-than-even chance of holding a meaningful conversation with my rheumy. In turn, I get more out of the conversation instead of returning home with questions that even Google cannot answer. Understanding what he is really saying provides me with the sense that I am in control of my ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and not the other way around (AS controlling me?) Continue reading
Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015
Today’s feature interview – Dr. Mary-Anne Fitzcharles: The 101 on Joints for Joints
ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.
Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.
About Dr. Mary-Anne Fitzcharles
Dr. Fitzcharles is currently an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at McGill University. She completed her training in rheumatology at The London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, England. She received her medical education at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has been on the faculty at McGill University since 1984, and is a consultant rheumatologist at the McGill Pain Centre. Her past accomplishments include being an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians of Canada Internal Medicine Specialist Examinations for 15 years, a member of Medical Admissions committee for medical students to McGill University for 15 years, and director of postgraduate medical education at Royal Victoria Hospital, and member of postgraduate medical education board of McGill University. In the past 10 years, research interests have been in the area of pain management and alternative treatments use in rheumatic diseases, with a focus on rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
About medicinal cannabis
Medical cannabis refers to the use of plant material, either whole or in extra form. Medical cannabis contains various cannabinoid molecules such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC has pain relieving and psychoactive (mind altering) properties. CBD is believed to reduce pain and inflammation without having psychoactive side effects.
The American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) 2014 Annual Meeting will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from Friday, November 14 to Wednesday, November 19 in Boston, Massachusetts. The ACR Annual Meeting is rheumatology’s premier scientific meeting for those involved in research or delivery of rheumatologic care or services.
The event is an opportunity for rheumatology experts from around the world to gather in one place to discuss the latest innovations in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of rheumatic diseases. There will also be presentations on the latest discoveries and research that are transforming rheumatic disease care.
The ACR Annual Meeting program outlines the following global learning objectives: Continue reading
One of the main goals of the PRECISION project, showcased in July’s issue of JointHealth™ monthly, is to enable clients to lead a healthy life in the context of their chronic disease. Besides medical adherence, rheumatologists should also express concern about their patient’s sex life and ask, “How’s your sex life?”
In an interview with The Rheumatologist, Alex Shteynshlyuger, MD, a New York urologist, said that more than half of all rheumatoid arthritis patients have difficulties with sex and yet the topic gets little attention from rheumatologists.
Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2014” – Dr. Vivian Bykerk: Thoughts from a Canadian-American Rheumatologist
Today’s interview features Dr. Vivian Bykerk, rheumatologist and Director of the Inflammatory Arthritis Center of Excellence in New York, USA. She was a rheumatologist in Canada before moving down to the United States with her husband. Dr. Bykerk shares with us some differences in treating patients with inflammatory arthritis between Canada and the United States. She also tells us her tactical plan for preparing her arguments for the Great Debate at the Canadian Rheumatology Association Meeting.
Consumer “reporters” interviewed more than 30 leading professionals at the Arthritis Broadcast Network Booth (ABN) during last month’s Canadian Rheumatology Association and Arthritis Health Professions annual meetings (CRA). Starting March 14, feature interviews will be posted daily on the ABN YouTube channel at http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. We invite everyone to share the interviews with their networks to strengthen the public profile of arthritis leaders in Canada.