RhAPP Summit

The 2019 Inaugural RhAPP Summit for physician assistants, nurse practitioners and pharmacists will be the first of its kind by bringing together these APP’s for an educational event developed by APP’s. The RhAPP Summit will table place over 1.5 days in December 2019. 

The RhAPP summit is designed to bring together an estimated 60 leading physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists from academia and major U.S. medical centers for a focused, interactive educational update that meets their specific educational needs on the challenges and advances in the diagnosis and therapy for rheumatic diseases. The objective of the summit is to deliver a comprehensive educational update through a platform designed to allow for a rich interaction and exchange of ideas between nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and PharmDs on the most clinically relevant topics ranging from manpower issue, unmet educational needs to the treatment of RA, PsA and SpA, management of comorbidities, biologic and biosimilar therapies, small molecule therapies, “treat-to-target” approach, ACR/EULAR guideline implementation, and anti-rheumatic drug safety. 

The summit will be a 1.5 day meeting and will offer lectures and panel discussions with question and answer sessions. Leading nurse practitioners and physician assistants from top rheumatology centers of expertise will oversee the development of the educational content and will serve as faculty at the conference. 

Other objectives planned will be to initiate the formation of a national Rheum-APP society, develop on-line educational CME tutorials led by leading nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and PharmDs and establish the RhAPP community educator network. The RhAPP Steering Committee, along with input from the RhAPP faculty, will develop additional educational opportunities for 2020. These activities will include online education led by leading nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and PharmDs, an online discussion forum and other activities designed to educate and inform. 

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