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#CRArthritis Speaker’s Corner – The road to become a rheumatologist

A screen capture of Cheryl Koehn and future rheumatologist Kelsey ChomistekIn 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

MedPage Today names top 2016 advances in rheumatology

A group of people jumping up in the air on a beachMedPage Today interviewed specialists in rheumatology in the United States about the advances in rheumatology in 2016. Below are the five most common advances mentioned.

1. Tocilizumab (Actemra) for the treatment of giant cell arteritis 

Giant cell arteritis affects over 200,000 people in the United States. Research data from an international clinical trial showed that after a year of treatment, 56% of the 250 study participants given tocilizumab weekly plus prednisone were in sustained remission, compared with just 14% of those given placebo alone (P<0.0001).

At the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), Dr. John H. Stone of Harvard University at Boston noted: “There is something new in giant cell arteritis at last, and the era of unending glucocorticoid treatment with no viable alternative is over.” Continue reading

Canadians recognized at 2016 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting

Congratulations to Dr. Carter Thorne and Dr. Claire Bombardier!

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) announced the 2016 recipients of its Master of the ACR designation and Distinguished Fellow Award honours during the 2016 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. These recognitions are given annually to members who exhibit outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology.

drcarterthorneDr. Carter Thorne receives Master of the ACR designation
ACE wishes to congratulate Carter Thorne, MD, FRCPC, FACP, Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada/ University of Toronto, for recognition as a Master – one of the highest honors that the ACR awards to its members. The designation of Master is conferred on ACR members, age 65 or older, who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students, and the rheumatology profession. These honorees have devoted their long careers to furthering rheumatology research and improving clinical standards in the treatment of rheumatic diseases.
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Happy 155th Birthday Nettie Stevens!

Happy 155th Birthday to Nettie Stevens!

science students workingGoogle paid a tribute to Nettie Stevens today. Stevens was a pioneering American female geneticist and one of the first to be recognized for her contribution to science. She had a brief career as a high school teacher for physiology and zoology before becoming a scientist. As a scientist, Stevens published about 40 papers and is credited for her success in expanding the field of embryology and genetics.

Do you have a favourite science teacher or researcher in your life? Share your stories about how this person inspires you.  Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy: Preventing rheumatoid arthritis

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Hani El-Gabalawy: Preventing rheumatoid arthritis. What we’ll need to know before we start navigating uncharted territory.

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. Hani El-Gabalawy

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Dr. El-Gabalawy is an internationally recognized rheumatologist and Professor of Medicine and Immunology and senior clinician scientist at the University of Manitoba. He is also the Endowed Rheumatology Research Chair at the university and Scientific Director of the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis.  Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Mr. Tristan Kerr on juvenile arthritis

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Mr. Tristan Kerr – The risk of growth retardation and obesity in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) treated with contemporary treatments: Results from the ReACCh-OUT Cohort

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. Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Majed Khraishi: What’s App Doc?

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Majed Khraishi: What’s App Doc? Making sense of health information technology applications in clinical practice

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. Majed Khraishi

 

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Dr. Majed Khraishi is the Medical Director at Nexus Clinical Research in St. John’s. He is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). After graduating from Ain Shams University in Egypt, he did his Internal Medicine Residency at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He then moved on to do a Fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Toronto after practicing as a general internist for two years. He is involved in medical education and clinical research and completed a sabbatical at Stanford University in 1995-1996 researching the GI side effects of NSAIDs in rheumatoid arthritis. His interests are the therapeutics of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. His accomplishments include being a principal investigator in over 60 pharmaceutical-sponsored therapeutic clinical studies in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, psoriatic arthritis and chronic pain. Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Ms. Jennifer Burt: Model of care in Newfoundland

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Ms. Jennifer Burt

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 Ms. Jennifer Burt

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Jennifer Burt has been a member of the Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) since 2005. She has served on the Board since 2007 initially as the Newfoundland Representative and then President.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University and has been a Clinical Specialist in Rheumatology working on the Rheumatic Health Unit at St. Clare’s Hospital in St. John’s, Newfoundland since 1997.

Ms. Burt is also a volunteer with the Newfoundland Branch of the Arthritis Society and member of the Programs and Services Committee. Furthermore, she is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) Board of Directors. She would like to promote the benefits of AHPA.  Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Robert Ferrari: Choosing Wisely campaign

Arthritis Broadcast Network’s “CRA Interview Series 2015″ – Dr. Robert Ferrari: Choosing Wisely campaign

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Robert Ferrari

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 Robert Ferrari

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Dr. Robert Ferrari has a degree of Doctor of Medicine (with Honors in Research) from the University of Alberta (1990), and completed his fellowship in Internal Medicine at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta) and Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) in 1994. He has a Master of Science degree in Experimental Medicine from the University of Alberta (2010). He is an Internist and practice Internal Medicine in Rheumatology in Edmonton, Alberta. Dr. Ferrari is a past recipient of the Canadian Rheumatology Association’s Young Investigator award. He currently serves as a member of the Choosing Wisely Committee for the Canadian Rheumatology Association.

 

 

About Choosing Wisely Canada

Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) is a campaign to help physicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures, and to help physicians and patients make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.

Unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures do not add value to care. In fact, they take away from care by potentially exposing patients to harm, leading to more testing to investigate false positives and contributing to stress for patients. And of course unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures put increased strain on the resources of our health care system.

Canadian national specialty societies participating in the campaign, representing a broad spectrum of physicians, have been asked to develop lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question.” These lists identify tests, treatments or procedures commonly used in each specialty, but are not supported by evidence, and/or could expose patients to unnecessary harm.

We miss you already, Dr. Cyril Frank

Dear ABN readers,
Yesterday, our community, and all of Canadian health care, lost a giant in Dr. Cyril Frank.
Cy was a hero to many. His surgical skills and bedside manner restored his patients’ lives. He gave each and every one unparalleled care and years of renewed happiness and quality of life.
Dr. Cyril Frank

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To his colleagues, Cy was regarded as nothing short of brilliant. His thoughtful, innovative approach to reform Canadian health care was both effective and inspiring. No challenge was too big for Cy, and he encouraged others to think that way, too. He was strategic, inclusive, kind and funny.

Most important to informed consumers/patients volunteers was his willingness to champion our inclusion at decision-making tables in research and at government. He believed to his core that the patient voice and experience must help drive, along with clinical and scientific expertise, the innovation required to improve the Canadian health care system

We miss you already, Cy.