The central program for the PRA 2017 is the one addressing the needs of those with subspecialty training in the field – The Rheumatologists Track. Open to both PRA members and non-members, this track will start on the afternoon of the 23rd and end in the afternoon of the 25th February 2017. The topics are clustered around the following themes: Fundamentals in Diagnostics, Rare Diseases No More, Rheumatology and Virology, Inflammatory Arthritis Forum and Pediatric Rheumatology.
The Fundamentals in Diagnostics starts after the plenary lectures common to all tracks in the convention. It seeks to update the subspecialists’ knowledge of commonly ordered diagnostic tests and procedures. It will cover radiography, MRI/ CT Scan, serology and autoantibody testing, EMG-NCV and musculoskeletal ultrasound.
The session on rare diseases reviews updates on the care of vasculitides and anti phospholipid syndrome. A special (off) topic of the session will be a discussion on the impact of health technology on medical practice.
Virology and Rheumatology reviews current trends on infectious diseases and looks into its impact on the care of patients with rheumatic diseases. The speakers will discuss vaccinations in patients with rheumatic disease, viral hepatitis and HIV/ AIDS.
The inflammatory arthritis forum features two debates (one between fellows of training institutions and the other between senior members of the PRA). The audience will hear both sides of the issue on whether to taper or not taper biologic DMARDs in RA and whether one should maximize conventional DMARDs or proceed with biologics in patients with high disease activity.
The Pediatric Rheumatology sessions will focus on transitioning pediatric patients to adult care and updates on auto inflammatory diseases. An update to new therapies in SLE has been included in the last few sessions.
Also included in rheumatologists tracks are the oral presentations of select research completed by clinical members and the annual business meeting (for PRA members only).
Payment of membership annual dues will include registration to the scientific sessions. However, non PRA members who have rheumatology training will have to pay P3,500 to attend the above sessions.
The 23rd PRA Annual Meeting, themed “Rheuma RANGE: Rapid Advancements, New Knowledge, Growing Expectations”, will be held at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City from February 23-25, 2017.