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SP0169 Eular school of rheumatology. a challenging educational eular project. where are we now?
  1. JW Bijlsma
  1. Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology, UMCU, Utrecht, UTRECHT, Netherlands


In the last decade EULAR has further developed its educational portfolio. Apart from very educational tracks in the EULAR Congress, EULAR offers:

  • on-line courses (Rheumatology, Connective Tissue Diseases, Scleroderma, Paediatrics, Ultrasound, Health Professionals), that are being followed by thousands of students all over the world

  • text-books, based on the on-line courses

  • live courses, such as the Postgraduate Course, Ultrasound courses, capillaroscopy, epidemiology, immunology, teach the teachers

  • exchange programs, for trainees, scientists, health professionals and patients

  • on-line image library, on-line outcome registry

  • learning DVDs for medical students

  • scientific endorsement of other courses

To bring all these offerings under one umbrella, EULAR decided to found the School of Rheumatology.

But the School is doing substantially more: we identified 7 areas (classrooms) where we bring enthusiastic and involved people together to evaluate the present needs in those areas and to prioritize new educational activities for those unmet needs. The following classrooms are actively developing new products:

Classroom medical students: formulating standard curriculum for musculoskeletal diseases and providing video-materials to support teachers and students.

Classroom trainees in rheumatology: start of a journal club, evaluating possibilities to install a European (EULAR) examination to become a rheumatologist, imaging on-line course.

Classroom teachers: course on assessment questions was already held, a teach the teachers event is planned.

Classroom rheumatologists: development of a pocket primer on rheumatic diseases, to be used as an app.

Classroom scientist: preparing a possible on-line course on epidemiology and clinical (trial) research, evaluating possible webinars for basic science methodology.

Classroom health professionals: preparing an accreditation system for health professionals; expanding on-line courses.

Classroom patients: implementing and distributing lays versions of recommendation; development of a patient partner program in research; webinars on actual items in the form of questions and answers (eg biosimilars).

Some of the items on this agenda can be organised within one year, for some others many years are foreseen; it will be a dynamic process. Ideas and support are very welcome via the EULAR Standing Committee on Education, or directly to the EULAR office, attention of the education program manager.

Disclosure of Interest None declared

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