Pri-Med and SSF Team Up for Medical Education Session on Sjogren’s Syndrome

Pri-Med and SSF Team Up for Medical Education Session on Sjogren’s Syndrome
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Pri-Med and the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation (SSF) recently partnered to present a continuing medical education session in Boston on the systemic autoimmune disease.

Held Dec. 4 on the opening of the four-day Pri-Med East conference at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the session was titled “Sjogren’s Syndrome: A Common, Complex, Misunderstood Autoimmune Disease.”

One of 60 conference sessions and workshops on a variety of conditions, and aimed mostly at primary care clinicians in the northeastern United States, the 20-topic Sjogren’s presentation helped teach attendees how to diagnose and manage the syndrome. This type of education is particularly timely as the number of rheumatologists in the U.S. declines.

As many as 4 million U.S. residents are living with Sjogren’s, a complex disorder that affects the entire body and causes symptoms such as extensive dryness in the mouth, throat, and eyes. Other complications can include profound fatigue, chronic pain, organ involvement, nerve problems, and lymphomas. Because Sjogren’s symptoms are often mistaken for other conditions, diagnosis takes an average of 2.8 years.

Aylin Madore, MD, Pri-Med’s vice president of curriculum development, said the medical education company is proud to partner with the SSF to teach clinicians about the complex symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Sjogren’s. “It is essential that our healthcare providers appropriately diagnose Sjogren’s, as symptoms often mimic those of other diseases,” she said in a press release.

Specific session goals included ensuring that clinicians could identify Sjogren’s syndrome symptoms, describing methods used for diagnosis, and discussing treatment options and the status of Sjogren’s clinical trials.

Among the speakers were physicians Theresa Lawrence Ford, CEO and medical director of the North Georgia Rheumatology Group, and clinical associate professor at Philadelphia College of Medicine; and Judith Furlong, a family medicine specialist at the University of Toledo College of Medicine.

Through its continuing education sessions, Pri-Med helps healthcare professionals keep up with the latest medical knowledge.

To help minimize Sjogren’s effects, nonprofit SSF provides patients with practical information and coping strategies. It also is a clearinghouse for medical information and is a national advocate. The foundation also had a booth at the conference where clinicians could learn more about the disease and available resources.

Mary M. Chapman began her professional career at United Press International, running both print and broadcast desks. She then became a Michigan correspondent for what is now Bloomberg BNA, where she mainly covered the automotive industry plus legal, tax and regulatory issues. A member of the Automotive Press Association and one of a relatively small number of women on the car beat, Chapman has discussed the automotive industry multiple times of National Public Radio, and in 2014 was selected as an honorary judge at the prestigious Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. She has written for numerous national outlets including Time, People, Al-Jazeera America, Fortune, Daily Beast, MSN.com, Newsweek, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. The winner of the Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting, Chapman has had dozens of articles in The New York Times, including two on the coveted front page. She has completed a manuscript about centenarian car enthusiast Margaret Dunning, titled “Belle of the Concours.”
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Mary M. Chapman began her professional career at United Press International, running both print and broadcast desks. She then became a Michigan correspondent for what is now Bloomberg BNA, where she mainly covered the automotive industry plus legal, tax and regulatory issues. A member of the Automotive Press Association and one of a relatively small number of women on the car beat, Chapman has discussed the automotive industry multiple times of National Public Radio, and in 2014 was selected as an honorary judge at the prestigious Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. She has written for numerous national outlets including Time, People, Al-Jazeera America, Fortune, Daily Beast, MSN.com, Newsweek, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. The winner of the Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting, Chapman has had dozens of articles in The New York Times, including two on the coveted front page. She has completed a manuscript about centenarian car enthusiast Margaret Dunning, titled “Belle of the Concours.”
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