Rheumatology for the Primary Care Provider: What You Need to Know

On-Demand Webinar   |   Dec. 8, 2017




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Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Irene Blanco, MD, MS (@IreneBlancoMD) is an Associate Professor for Clinical Medicine in the Department of Medicine - Rheumatology. She is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell. Dr. Blanco returned to the Einstein to complete her fellowship in rheumatology at Montefiore Medical Center. While in fellowship, Dr. Blanco completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Research Methods. Her research focuses on studying various molecules as urinary biomarkers for lupus nephritis in addition to addressing health disparities in fellowship teaching programs.

Dr. Blanco currently serves as the rheumatology fellowship program director at Montefiore Medical Center - Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is also the Associate Dean for the Office of Diversity Enhancement. Through these roles, Dr. Blanco looks to promote a diverse and vibrant medical workforce that can address the needs of our patients.



Rheumatologic disorders are among the most frequently encountered problems in primary care practices. This lecture will provide primary care providers with the tools they need for diagnosing and treating these disorders in their everyday settings. It will focus on common rheumatologic conditions such as osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosis, emphasizing the approach to diagnosis, management and referral.


This lecture will be conducted as a one-hour live webinar. Registration is free. Participants will submit a survey at the end of the session to claim CME credit.


  • J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP

  • Anna Potapov, MD, MPH, MBA

  • Marc E. Walker, MD, MBA

  • Pooja Mittal, DO



By the end of the event, participants should:

  1. Understand the approach to evaluation of patients with rheumatologic complaints and the power of the history and physical.

  2. Understand how to develop a differential for possible rheumatologic disorders and the appropriate workup in the primary care setting.

  3. Learn management and treatment strategies and when it is appropriate to refer to Rheumatology for additional care.