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Rheumatic Learning: How can you help Andrea with her Psoriatic Arthritis?


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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are related disorders with distinct features. Participate in this case focused on Andrea who has psoriatic arthritis.


Activity Title

Rheumatic Learning: How can you help Andrea with her Psoriatic Arthritis?



Release Date

September 30, 2020

Expiration Date


Estimated Time to Complete Activity

0.50 hour


Program Description

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are related disorders with distinct features. While there are underlying similarities between the 2 disorders, the immune processes and pathways differ slightly, which is important with regard to choice of appropriate therapies. Given the increased need for PAs and NPs to enter the shrinking rheumatology field (anticipated to shrink by one-quarter by 2030), the complex pathways associated with immunology and pathophysiology, the number of available agents to treat these disorders, and challenges associated with clinical decision-making, it is critical that PA/NPs be provided with more education on these disorders and their management. This activity includes patient videos, animations, and interactive elements for quick review by busy PAs and NPs.

Intended Audience:  Physician Assistants and Nurse Pracitioners

This program is supported by an independent education grant funded by Pfizer.

Upon completion of the activity, participants should be able to:

    • 1. Describe inflammatory pathways and how they contribute to the pathophysiology of RA and PsA
    • 2. Choose appropriate therapy to manage the patient with RA and PsA


This activity is provided by American Academy of Physician Assistants in collaboration with The France Foundation

Activity Staff Disclosures
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Kori Dewing, DNP, ARNP, ANP-BC
Rheumatology Nurse Practitioner
University of Washington School of Nursing
Affiliate Assistant Professor

Benjamin J. Smith, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
Director of Didactic Education, Assistant Professor
School of Physician Assistant Practice
Florida State University College of Medicine


The following faculty report that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose:

  • Kori Dewing, DNP, ARNP, ANP-BC
  • Benjamin J. Smith, DMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA


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