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A lupus awareness and educational program from the American College of Rheumatology

About the Lupus Initiative

The Lupus Initiative (TLI) is a national program of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). We provide healthcare professionals with resources, including CME. All of our materials have been vetted by medical experts in lupus. Our mission is to eliminate health disparities and to help providers recognize, diagnose and treat lupus in a culturally competent manner.

Complimentary Continuing Medical Education

Lupus Series: Virtual Clinic 

A no-cost, case-based education series consisting of four learning activities designed to help non-rheumatologists recognize, refer and manage patients with lupus in conjunction with a rheumatologist. Learners virtually examine four patients, each presenting with different symptoms, decide which labs to order, build the differential diagnosis and decide next steps for treating the patient, including appropriate referrals, if needed. With the Virtual Lupus Clinic, learners receive:

  • Four cases
  • Multiple-choice questions with in-depth answer rationales
  • Image and educational links
  • Up to 3.25 ABIM MOC points and 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ with a passing score of 70% or higher

Lupus and Pregnancy Virtual Clinic

A no-cost, online lupus educational for rheumatologists and non-rheumatology providers, specifically those who work with patients who are of child-bearing age.

Based on the 2020 ACR Guideline for the Management of Reproductive Health in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases, this case allows you to work with a new patient living with lupus as she navigates multiple appointments and changes to her reproductive health and childbearing timeline. Utilizing information about her lupus history, decide which forms of contraception are recommended before pregnancy and whether to modify medications during pregnancy and post-partum. Complete the case by deciding next steps for treating the patient. With the Lupus and Pregnancy Virtual Clinic, you receive:

  • One case
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Image and educational links
  • Up to 1.0 ABIM MOC points and 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ with a passing score of 70% or higher

School Nurse Resources

Given the critical necessity of continued care for persons with lupus, the ACR created the following resources to assist school nurses, and to support students, their families and the student’s healthcare team in caring for the student with lupus.

Materials to Increase Minority Involvement in Lupus Clinical Trials (MIMICT)

Medical professional holding patient's hand who is suffering from lupus

Collaborative opportunities for clinical trial sites and healthcare providers. MIMICT delivers accurate, trusted and understandable information designed to enable people with lupus to make informed decisions about participation in clinical trials.

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