Program #904 • Available May 31, 2013
Certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ through May 31, 2016

Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Epidemiology, Clinical Features, and Prognosis

Sicy H. Lee, MD, FACP, FACR
Assistant Professor of Medicine
NYU School of Medicine
Rheumatology Division
New York, New York

Program Description

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic, inflammatory polyarthritis that leads to joint destruction, deformity, and loss of function. The pathology of RA involves the synovial membranes and periarticular structures of multiple joints, resulting in pain, swelling, stiffness, uncontrolled inflammation, pannus formation, and functional limitation. In this video segment from the 27.5 hour NYU Advanced Rheumatology Board Review Course (available at, Dr. Lee reviews the epidemiology, patterns/modes/sites of onset, classification criteria, differential diagnosis, and prognosis of RA. The role of early diagnosis and treatment to slow the progression of disease is stressed.

(30 minutes)

Method of Participation and Evaluation

To participate in this CME activity, please read the following information and click "Launch Program" at the bottom of this page. Complete the online evaluation at the conclusion of the activity. You may print your certificate immediately after completion of the evaluation. Please note: To view this program you need a computer with an Internet browser and audio and video capabilities.

Credit Information

Up to .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

This CME activity is designed for primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals with an interest in the management of rheumatoid arthritis.

This activity is provided by the Foundation for Improving Patient Outcomes.

Learning Objectives

After taking part in this CME activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Synthesize ACR and EULAR criteria for the classification of RA
  • Assess presentations of RA based on different modes and sites of onset
  • Evaluate extraarticular manifestations of RA
  • Perform an evidence-based differential diagnosis

Faculty Disclosures:

Sicy H. Lee, MD, FACP, FACR

Sicy H. Lee, MD reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

The Foundation for Improving Patient Outcomes staff and the independent peer reviewer report no financial relationship with commercial interests.

CME Credit Designations

ACCME The Foundation for Improving Patient Outcomes (FFIPO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA FFIPO designates this educational activity for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of the activity.

AOA This activity is eligible for up to .5 hour of credit in Category 2-A of the American Osteopathic Association.

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