EDUCATION

EDUCATION 2018-02-08T12:04:05+00:00

After the success of the last Course in Split, the next Course to be held in February 2019 will be organized in Nijmegen by Pr Van Den Hoogen.

The last EUSTAR educational course on systemic sclerosis took place in Split (Croatia) from Thursday, February 23th to Sunday March 26th, 2017. Chair of the course: Prof. Duska Martinovic

EULAR Online Course on Systemic Sclerosis

The EULAR On-line Course on Systemic Sclerosis consists of 10 modules which deal with physiopathology, clinical aspects and management of this complex disease.

All modules, developed and written by EUSTAR, differ from the main EULAR On-line Course. The duration of this course is aimed at 9 months, finishing with a final exam and, upon passing, with a EULAR certificate. If the course is not completed or the exam failed after the first year, the course will automatically extend for one more year without charge.

The course is not only aimed at rheumatologists, but also also internists, nephrologists, dermatologists, neurologists, pulmonologists and immunologists.

Knowledge and skills are targeted to suit a level of knowledge appropriate for the final years of training as a rheumatologist. The on-line course was developed with a substantial grant from EULAR and is continuously highly subsidised by EULAR so that the entire course can be offered at EUR 100 per participant.

New courses start each September. Registration opens each April.

Course modules are presented below. For additional information and registration please follow the link: http://www.eular.org/edu_online_course_ssc.cfm

Core material

  1. Systemic sclerosis (diagnosis, differential diagnosis, evaluation of lab tests)
  2. Localized scleroderma
  3. Epidemiology
  4. Activity
  5. Severity, damage

In depth discussion 1: Role of autoantibodies in the differential diagnosis in SSc.

In depth discussion 2: Differential diagnosis of scleroderma like disorders. Enviromental provoking factors

Interactive clinical case 1: Typical severe diffuse SSc patient with multiple organ involvement. Follow up, regular evaluation of disease activity

Interactive clinical case 2: Late limited SSc with complications (ulcer, PAH, GI) (Treatment excluded)

Core material

  1. Synthesis: early and late pathological events in scleroderma
  2. Endothelial – vascular changes
  3. Fibrosis
  4. Immunological changes
  5. Autoantibodies, autoimmunity
  6. Genetics

In depth discussion 1: Potential vascular and fibrosis targets for drug intervention

In depth discussion 2: Potential immunological targets for drug intervention

Interactive clinical case 1: Typical early, severe diffuse SSc patient – skin biopsy findings and their relationship to pathogenesis

Interactive clinical case 2: Case history of a SSc patient underwent to ABMT

Core material

  1. Skin involvement
  2. Raynaud phenomenon
  3. Macro- and microvasculopathy, ulcers, gangrene

In depth discussion 1: Assessment of skin involvement

In depth discussion 2: Assessment tools of microvasculopathy

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc case with severe Raynaud’s phenomenon and ulcers

Interactive clinical case 2: Case history of a patient with lower limb necrosis

Core material

  1. Clinical consequences of functional and pathologic changes
  2. Diastolic dysfunction, Arrhythmia, conduction abnormalities
  3. Ischemic disease, vasospasm
  4. Pericarditis

In depth discussion 1: Non-invasive and invasive assessment of heart involvement

In depth discussion 2: Heart MRI

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc case with severe diastolic impairment

Interactive clinical case 2: Case history of a patient arrhythmia

Core material

  1. ILD
  2. PAH

In depth discussion 1: Assessment of pulmonary interstitial involvement

In depth discussion 2: Assessment of PAH

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc case with severe and progressive ILD and PH associated ILD

Interactive clinical case 2: Case history of a SSc-PAH patient with VOD

Core material

  1. Oral, gastro-esophageal
  2. Small Intestinal involvement
  3. Intestinal-colon, anal

In depth discussion 1: Assessment of GI involvement

In depth discussion 2: Cause and consequences of decreased motility

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc case with severe bacterial overgrowth

Interactive clinical case 2: Case history of a patient with pseudo obstruction

Core material: Clinical characteristics and pathology of kidney involvement

In depth discussion 1: Provoking factors, assessment of kidney involvement

In depth discussion 2: Characteristics of normotensive scleroderma renal crisis

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc case with a sudden onset of scleroderma renal crisis

Interactive clinical case 2: Case report of a normotensive scleroderma renal crisis

Core material

  1. Joint involvement, synovitis
  2. Muscle involvement in SSc. Scleroderma-myositis overlap syndromes
  3. Hand function in SSc
  4. Pain, fatigue, Quality of life, disability

In depth discussion 1: Instruments for the evaluation of disability, QUOL, hand function, muscle strength

In depth discussion 2: Characteristics of the different forms of muscle involvement

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc case with synovitis and joint destruction

Interactive clinical case 2: Case history of a patient with scleroderma-myositis overlap

Core material

  1. Strategy in patient management
  2. Patient education and lifestyle advices
  3. Rehabilitation (including hands)
  4. Potential DMARDS
  5. Vasodilators
  6. Immunosuppression and HSCT

In depth discussion 1: Treatment options for PAH:

In depth discussion 2: Cyclophosphamide treatment for interstitial lung involvement

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc patient with PAH

Interactive clinical case 2: A SSc patient treated with cyclophosphamide for interstitial lung involvement

Core material:

  1. Life threatening conditions, emergencies
  2. Pregnancy, gynecological problems
  3. Early scleroderma, prescleroderma:based assessment

In depth discussion 1: Erectile dysfunction

In depth discussion 2: Systemic sclerosis sine scleroderma

Interactive clinical case 1: Patient with a very early scleroderma

Interactive clinical case 2: A SSc patient suffering from severe erosive arthritis

EULAR textbook on Systemic Sclerosis

Based on the EULAR online course, the EULAR textbook on Systemic Sclerosis was published in 2013. The content of the EULAR Textbook on Systemic Sclerosis is based on the EULAR On-line course on Systemic Sclerosis. For participants of this course we offer the book for a reduced price of EUR 50. For additional information please follow the link: http://www.eular.org/edu_online_course_ssc.cfm

Core material

  1. Systemic sclerosis (diagnosis, differential diagnosis, evaluation of lab tests)
  2. Localized scleroderma
  3. Epidemiology
  4. Activity
  5. Severity, damage

In depth discussion 1: Role of autoantibodies in the differential diagnosis in SSc.

In depth discussion 2: Differential diagnosis of scleroderma like disorders. Enviromental provoking factors

Interactive clinical case 1: Typical severe diffuse SSc patient with multiple organ involvement. Follow up, regular evaluation of disease activity

Interactive clinical case 2: Late limited SSc with complications (ulcer, PAH, GI) (Treatment excluded)

Core material

  1. Synthesis: early and late pathological events in scleroderma
  2. Endothelial – vascular changes
  3. Fibrosis
  4. Immunological changes
  5. Autoantibodies, autoimmunity
  6. Genetics

In depth discussion 1: Potential vascular and fibrosis targets for drug intervention

In depth discussion 2: Potential immunological targets for drug intervention

Interactive clinical case 1: Typical early, severe diffuse SSc patient – skin biopsy findings and their relationship to pathogenesis

Interactive clinical case 2: Case history of a SSc patient underwent to ABMT

Core material

  1. Skin involvement
  2. Raynaud phenomenon
  3. Macro- and microvasculopathy, ulcers, gangrene

In depth discussion 1: Assessment of skin involvement

In depth discussion 2: Assessment tools of microvasculopathy

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc case with severe Raynaud’s phenomenon and ulcers

Interactive clinical case 2: Case history of a patient with lower limb necrosis

Core material

  1. Clinical consequences of functional and pathologic changes
  2. Diastolic dysfunction, Arrhythmia, conduction abnormalities
  3. Ischemic disease, vasospasm
  4. Pericarditis

In depth discussion 1: Non-invasive and invasive assessment of heart involvement

In depth discussion 2: Heart MRI

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc case with severe diastolic impairment

Interactive clinical case 2: Case history of a patient arrhythmia

Core material

  1. ILD
  2. PAH

In depth discussion 1: Assessment of pulmonary interstitial involvement

In depth discussion 2: Assessment of PAH

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc case with severe and progressive ILD and PH associated ILD

Interactive clinical case 2: Case history of a SSc-PAH patient with VOD

Core material

  1. Oral, gastro-esophageal
  2. Small Intestinal involvement
  3. Intestinal-colon, anal

In depth discussion 1: Assessment of GI involvement

In depth discussion 2: Cause and consequences of decreased motility

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc case with severe bacterial overgrowth

Interactive clinical case 2: Case history of a patient with pseudo obstruction

Core material: Clinical characteristics and pathology of kidney involvement

In depth discussion 1: Provoking factors, assessment of kidney involvement

In depth discussion 2: Characteristics of normotensive scleroderma renal crisis

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc case with a sudden onset of scleroderma renal crisis

Interactive clinical case 2: Case report of a normotensive scleroderma renal crisis

Core material

  1. Joint involvement, synovitis
  2. Muscle involvement in SSc. Scleroderma-myositis overlap syndromes
  3. Hand function in SSc
  4. Pain, fatigue, Quality of life, disability

In depth discussion 1: Instruments for the evaluation of disability, QUOL, hand function, muscle strength

In depth discussion 2: Characteristics of the different forms of muscle involvement

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc case with synovitis and joint destruction

Interactive clinical case 2: Case history of a patient with scleroderma-myositis overlap

Core material

  1. Strategy in patient management
  2. Patient education and lifestyle advices
  3. Rehabilitation (including hands)
  4. Potential DMARDS
  5. Vasodilators
  6. Immunosuppression and HSCT

In depth discussion 1: Treatment options for PAH:

In depth discussion 2: Cyclophosphamide treatment for interstitial lung involvement

Interactive clinical case 1: SSc patient with PAH

Interactive clinical case 2: A SSc patient treated with cyclophosphamide for interstitial lung involvement

Core material:

  1. Life threatening conditions, emergencies
  2. Pregnancy, gynecological problems
  3. Early scleroderma, prescleroderma:based assessment

In depth discussion 1: Erectile dysfunction

In depth discussion 2: Systemic sclerosis sine scleroderma

Interactive clinical case 1: Patient with a very early scleroderma

Interactive clinical case 2: A SSc patient suffering from severe erosive arthritis

We hads so far Master Classes on digital ulcers but more should come