Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumat
This yearâ€™s ACR/ARHP Scientific Meeting provided a number of educational opportunities for attendees including didactic lectures, debates, poster tours, and Meet the Professor and Workshop sessions focusing on the latest and greatest clinical news in rheumatology over the last year. The objectives for the meeting included identifying recent developments in diagnosing and managing patients with rheumatic diseases; new technologies for treating rheumatic diseases; challenges in delivery of care and possible solutions; new research to improve the quality of care; and recent research findings. The activity is not sanctioned by, nor a part of, the American College of Rheumatology.
One of the more exciting parts of the conference has been the ability to sit in and listen to highlighted studies that are selected by the ACR. This press conference features Carol Wallace, MD, Seattle Children's Hospital and Research Institute, Seattle, WA, speaking about her study and answering questions from the audience.
ACR 2011: The Mind-Body Connection: The Use of Tai Chi to Treat Arthritis and Other Painful Rheumatic Diseases
Marcus Owen, MD, practices rheumatology and internal medicine in Nashville, TN. In this video, Dr. Joseph Kim talks with Dr. Owen about what he hopes to take away from this year's ACR conference and also speaks about some of the biggest challenges he faces in helping patients understand risk and benefit of medications.
Professor Anthony Woolf, Consultant Rheumatologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital and Professor of Rheumatology at the Peninsula Medical School, Truro, UK, posed a very important question in his presentation at ACR on Monday: "How do we get policymakers to take musculoskeletal conditions seriously?"
James B. Maas, PhD, is a Cornell University professor who knows a heck of a lot about sleep and how it impacts our bodies. But this session focused less on how rheumatology was involved (although Maas did say it was up to rheumatologists to find the proper medication that would not impact their patients' sleep patterns), and more on the general need for a proper night's rest.