May 7, 2016

What Caught Our Eye
By Brian Feldman, MD, MSc, FRCPC


Point-of-care ultrasound, with its clever acronym, "POCUS," has become a big thing in rheumatology and in peds rheum. As someone who hasn’t received ultrasonography training, I find it highly mystifying, and I’m not sure on which side I fall. POCUS is seen by some as a natural evolution of the medical examination. It has been said that “with appropriate use, point-of-care ultrasonography can decrease medical errors, provide more efficient real-time diagnosis, and supplement or replace more advanced imaging in appropriate situations”(N Engl J Med 2011; 364:749-757). Some would even say that those who oppose POCUS are similar to those who opposed Laennec’s invention of the stethoscope. They were presumably saying that something would be lost from our medical skills (and from the doctor-patient relationship) if our ears didn’t have to be pressed against our patients’ chests. Read more...

CARRA News & Announcements

Save the Date for CARRA's 2017 Annual MeetingCARRA and
PRSYM 2017 meetings will be held May 15-17 & May 18-21, 2017, in Houston, TX. 
Registry Update
50 sites are approved to enroll subjects.
1,137 subjects are currently enrolled in the Registry. 
28 subjects are enrolled in STOP-JIA. 
Read more registry news...

Lupus Awareness Month
For more information about Lupus Awareness Month, visit The Lupus Initiative on the web ( and Twitter (@LupusInitiative).

Are you active on Twitter?  Follow @carra_inc for more news and announcements. 
Greetings from Hackensack, NJ, where Norm Ilowite, Yuki Kimura, and Rob Fuhlbrigge met with the Arthritis Foundation this week. Grendel Burrell, Kelly Mieszkalski, and Laura Schanberg also participated in the meeting. 
Andrea Ring (Senior Director, Community Help & Support), Laura Marrow (Director, Partnerships Liaison/Strategic Affairs), and Rob Fuhlbrigge spent the day strategizing with Rick Willis (Sr. Vice President, Strategic Affairs), Yuki Kimura, Norm Ilowite, and Grendel Burrell. 
Ginger Janow, Norm Ilowite, and Jenn Weiss regrouped when Norm visited Hackensack Medical Center for a meeting with the national leadership of the Arthritis Foundation. Both Jenn and Ginger were Norm's trainees!
Arthritis Foundation News

Arthritis Awareness Month
The Arthritis Foundation encourages online supporters to turn their profile photos green during May to honor 
#ArthritisAwarenessMonth. To connect with the Arthritis Foundation on Twitter, follow @ArthritisFdn.

Walk to Cure Arthritis
We hope everyone will participate in the Arthritis Foundation's annual 5K Walk! The funds raised from the event will support the critical missions of the Arthritis Foundation and CARRA and generate research and new treatments. Walk to Cure Arthritis is a great way to get moving! For Walk locations near you, please visit the Arthritis Foundation.
Profile: Anne M. Palmer, President & CEO
Ann joined the Arthritis Foundation in 2013 with more than 30 years of successful nonprofit experience at three large voluntary health organizations: the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and
the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Photo: Anne Palmer addresses participants in CARRA's Annual Meeting about involvement with local AF chapters.
Stories From the Arthritis Foundation's Blog
Read about the collaboration between CARRA and the Arthritis Foundation during the 2016 CARRA Annual Meeting:
 Pediatric Rheumatologists, Researchers and Patients Unite in Toronto to Change the Future of Living With Childhood Arthritis

National Gathering
With a theme of "Grow Together," the Arthritis Foundation and Arthritis Introspective will hold the 9th Annual National Gathering Conference on May 20 in Nashville, Tennessee.
 Learn more about the 9th Annual National Gathering Conference and register here.

Changes at the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation recently underwent a strategic and geographic reorganization. They have a new office in Atlanta and a new regional division in the United States. For more info, reach out to Grendel
([email protected]). View the regional map and leadership.

JA Camps
The Arthritis Foundation's JA Camps give children with arthritis and related conditions the chance to make lasting memories. For many campers, it is the first time they have met others who live with the same challenges. Scholarships are available! For more information, please visit the JA Camps website:
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