Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for Rheumatologists

Saturday - Sunday
March 21-22, 2015

The Center for Musculoskeletal Care
333 East 38th St
Joseph and Nancy Errico Learning Center
6th Floor
New York, NY 10016

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Course Director
Jonathan Samuels, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
NYU School of Medicine
New York, NY

Accreditation Statement
The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Credit Designation Statement
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Course Description
The use of musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) has increased amongst rheumatologists in the United States over the last 5 years, but we still trail Europeans and others in this regard.   MSKUS complements the physical examination by allowing for superior visualization of synovitis and erosive changes compared to conventional radiography, and provides detail comparable or supplementary to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This modality is also less expensive than MRI and CT scans, without the claustrophobia or other contraindications, while uniquely providing dynamic – rather than static – imaging. While MSKUS enhances our diagnostic and prognostic abilities in the clinics and at the bedside, rheumatologists skilled in MSKUS can also aspirate/inject hips and posterior knees (Baker’s cysts) and improve the accuracy/success of other routine injectIons.  A growing body of literature for MSKUS in RA, gout and other diseases is contributing significantly to the understanding of diagnostic and prognostic utility, longitudinal assessment, and disease remission. Furthermore, scoring systems focusing on the patient level rather than individual joint have been developed, allowing for simplification of exams while still retaining accuracy and utility.  Despite all of this, relatively few rheumatoloigsts have received training to use this modality.  There are very few MSKUS courses focused on the needs of rheumatologists and the patients and problems that they see.  We feel that there is a significant need on a regional and national level for a beginner’s course for rheumatologists and associated health care professionals.

Target Audience
Rheumatologists and other health care professionals working in the field of rheumatology