Friday, 15 Dec 2017


The Maintenance of Certification Controversy 2015: The Year in Review

With so much controversy surrounding the American Board of Medical Specialties' Maintenance of Certification program in 2015, especially as it pertained to the ABIM, Dr. Westby Fisher recaps some of the earlier announcements about the ABMS MOC program, then summarizes the year's most pertinent developments to serve as a springboard for 2016. 

What's it like to have RA - from those who do and don't

A patient recently asked me, “What do you think it’s like to have RA” and “How would you describe it to someone you just met?”   Could I walk a mile in her shoes?  Here's my version and theirs.

2015 Rheumatology Year in Review

Was 2015 a good year for psoriasis, IL-17, biosimilars, narcotics, the ACR and gout? Our year end review discusses the most impactful news and research from the last 12 months.

Book Review: The Quest for Cortisone by Thom Rooke, MD

Imagine being in practice in the early 1940s, when the best you could do was salicylates and bed rest. Enter the clinical team of Philip Hench, Howard Polley and Charles Slocumb.

Leading With Questions

I find it interesting that when the Q&A part of the lecture begins, everyone acts as if they just got on the elevator. Who is willing to go out on a limb and ask the first question? Is Q&A the best or worst part of lectures that you attend?  What can you do change the impact of your next Q&A experience?

TIPS for Arthritis Travelers (Best of 2015: #3)

Travel can be challenging for arthritis patients. Here are some useful tips to travel smoothly and pain free.

Compounded Pain Cream Scams (Best of 2015: #4)

I was methodically signing off on stack of refill requests, until I find one I don’t recognize.  The patient is mine but the prescription (under my name) is not. It’s for a specialty compounded cream...

5 Things To Know About Antimalarials for Lupus (Best of 2015: #5)

Here are five things every rheumatologist should know about antimalarial medications for lupus. 

11 Pearls for Pregnancy Management in Rheumatoid Arthritis (Best of 2015: #6)


Rheumatoid arthritis affects women in their child-bearing years and many will face the issue of pregnancy and RA management at some point. Here are11 considerations for those managing RA patients who wish to become pregnant.

Wine and the Rheumatologist (Best of 2015: #7)

Wine and the rheumatologist in theory could be about a lot of things. Naturally, as rheumatologists, we are interested in how wine may affect rheumatic diseases. I am more inclined to write about how our community interacts around and enjoys wine.

5 Mistakes When Diagnosing Adult-Onset Still’s Disease (Best of 2015: #10)

Adult-onset Still's posses a interestng and diagnostic challeng when encountered. Here are 5 tips to improve your diagnostic acumen for this febrile disorder.

The Ill-Conceived Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia

Notalgia, Lyme disease in Texas and still wearing your hospital ID bracelet? You may have been misdiagnosed and instead have fibromyalgia!