1.00 / AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM 1.00 / ABIM MOC Point
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This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) typically suffer from chronic and disabling symptoms and sequelae. Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is nearly always involved, and its presence portends a poor prognosis and high risk of death. However, SSc presentations are heterogeneous, and diagnosis of SSc-ILD is often delayed. In addition, though most patients with SSc-ILD have an established diagnosis of SSc, some patients first present with pulmonary symptoms. Because there are many causes of ILD, clinicians must be able to distinguish SSc-ILD from other etiologies, as treatment and prognosis are often different.
Although immunotherapies are commonly used to manage SSc inflammation, none of the current options effectively target underlying lung fibrosis or affect the course of the disease. In addition, guidelines are not explicit with regard to when or how to begin treatment. Promising agents, including late-stage antifibrotic therapy and an interleukin-6 antagonist, are under investigation. Optimal treatment requires clinicians to stay up to date on the clinical data supporting the use of current and emerging treatments.
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of community and academic pulmonologists, rheumatologists, radiologists, dermatologists, and pathologists. It may also be of benefit to primary care physicians, PAs, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, fellows, residents, and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD).
Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
Accurately diagnose SSc-ILD based on presenting signs and symptoms and test results
Formulate an appropriate, evidence-based treatment plan for patients who have SSc-ILD
Identify effective strategies to communicate with patients about SSc-ILD to facilitate optimal treatment
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Faculty Erica L. Herzog, MD, PhD (Chair) Professor Department of Internal Medicine Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine Director, Interstitial Lung Disease Center of Excellence Yale School of Medicine New Haven, CT
Dr. Herzog discloses the following: Grant/Research Support: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC Retained Consultant: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Genentech, Inc; Merck & Co., Inc
Virginia Steen, MD Professor Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program Interim Director, Division of Rheumatology Georgetown University Medical Center Washington, DC
Dr. Steen discloses the following: Consulting Fees: CSL Behring
Eric S. White, MD, MS, ATSF Professor of Internal Medicine Medical Director, Pulmonary & Critical Care Ambulatory Care Clinics Director of Translational Interstitial Lung Disease Research Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Michigan Medicine Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. White discloses the following: Grant/Research Support: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc Retained Consultant: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Contributing Faculty Jay S. Leb, MD Assistant Professor of Radiology Department of Radiology Columbia University Medical Center New York, NY
Dr. Leb, MD discloses the following: Consulting Fees: Arterys Inc
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AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
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ABIM MOC Credit
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.00 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
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