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Pre-Conference RPS

Rheumatology Practice Symposium (RPS)

The idea of this pre-conference symposium:

  • Rheumatology as a practice has been perceived as a “difficult” specialty or the specialty that deals with “autoantibodies” only! Many medical students, residents, general practitioners and even general internists found themselves incompetent in performing musculoskeletal (MSK) examination! The literature has shown inadequate exposure and training in rheumatologic diseases in undergraduate curricula in several parts of the world. The postgraduate exposure in rheumatology varies greatly from one training center to another. Some centers may not even have rheumatology service.
  • The idea of this symposium comes then to help filling the gaps that professionals are facing in their rheumatology practice. The aim is to present rheumatology with an interactive educational methods that should help participants deliver better quality care for patients with rheumatic diseases. The design of this symposium is based on sounds educational principles. There are hands-on training workshops in MSK examination. This is in addition to case-based interactive discussions on real cases in daily practice. There is emphasis on common medical problems affecting patients with rheumatic conditions with unique diagnostic algorithms designed peculiarly for this conference.
  • There will be high quality printed materials distributed to all participants. These include the flow diagrams obtained from “Skills in Rheumatology” book by Hani Almoallim, ISBN: 9780702062339publised by Elsevier, exercises, guidelines, treatment recommendations and self-explanatory tables.

The objectives:

Any participants by the end of this one-day symposium should be able to master the followings:

  1. To compose a comprehensive approach to patients with arthritis.
  2. To perform a MSK examination for the most commonly involved joints in inflammatory arthritis.
  3. To interpret autoantibodies in the right clinical settings.
  4. To review recent classification criteria and treatment recommendations guidelines in rheumatology.
  5. To discuss indications and contraindications of the most common drugs used in rheumatology practice.
  6. To construct a diagnostic approach to common medical problems affecting patients with rheumatic diseases.
  7. To discuss management principles of the most common diseases in rheumatology including (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Eryhthematosus, Crystal-induced arthritis, and Osteoporosis).

The organizers:

Alzaidi Chair of Research in Rheumatic Diseases, Medical College, Umm Alqura University

The Sponsors:

Main sponsor is Pfizer.


Partial sponsor of this symposium is Abbvie.


Target audience:

The symposium will be designed to solve practical issues for any clinicians dealing with patients with rheumatic diseases. The contents and the interactive teaching methodology are suitable primarily for residents in internal medicine and family medicine specialties, medical students, interns, general practioners, rheumatology fellows and even practicing rheumatologists looking for updates in rheumatology.

The speakers:

  • The design and the review of the scientific contents of the symposium will be supervised by a committee headed by Dr. Hani Almoallim, Canadian and American boards in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical College, Umm Alqura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Consultant Rheumatologist and Educationalist with Medical Education diploma from University of Dundee.
  • Members of the scientific committee:
    • Hanan Alosaimi, Head of Internal Medicine, King Fahad Military Hospital, Consultant Rheumatologist subspecializing in SLE and Pregnancy related conditions in Rheumatology.
    • Nahid Janoudi, Consultant Rheumatologist, Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, Director of Internal Medicine Training Program.
    • Altaf Abdulkhaliq, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Medical College, Umm Alqura University, Subspecializing in metabolic bone diseases.
    • Suzan Attar, Professor of Medicine, Medical College, King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Consultant Rheumatologist, KAU- hospital, Jeddah.
    • Sami Bahlas, Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical College, KAU, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Consultant Rheumatologist, KAU-hospital, Jeddah.
  • This third RPS symposium will be honored to have Prof. Najia Hassouni, Alzaidi Chair Professor, as a speaker and supervisor.
  • A mixture of senior and junior speakers will share in presenting the scientific sessions of the symposium. The special issue is that most speakers are authors of their corresponding work in the “Skills in Rheumatology” book.
  • Professionals and experts from different specialties will join in supervising and presenting the different educational activities in the conference.

The provisional program

8.00 – 8.15 Welcoming and highlights of the program
8.15 – 10.15 Basics in rheumatology
time topic Speaker Remarks
8.15 – 8.45 Approach to arthritis Hani Almoallim


Interactive session with clinical patterns
8.45 – 9.00 Approach to back pain
9.00 – 9.30 Autoantibodies Interactive session with an Exercise
9.30 – 10.00 The most common drugs in Rheumatology: case-based discussion. Case-base discussion on some side effects of common drugs in rheumatology.
10.00 – 10.15 Questions and answers
10.15 – 10.30 Break
10.30 – 12.15 MSK – exam workshops
10.30 – 10.45 General introduction and principles of MSK exam Hani Almoallim
10.45 – 12.30

(20 minutes each)

Rotating workshops

Hand and wrist joint Leader and 5 coordinators
Shoulder joint Leader and 5 coordinators
Knee joint Leader and 5 coordinators
Hip joint Leader and 5 coordinators
Back exam Leader and 5 coordinators
12.30 – 1.15 Prayer and lunch
1.15 – 2.55 Diagnostic approach to common medical problems in patients with rheumatic diseases (Study guide based presentations)
(10 minutes for each)
1. Vasculitis
2. Pregnancy in SLE
3. Anemia
4. Neurological
5. Fever
7. Proximal myopathy
8. Respiratory
9. CVD
10. Skin
2.55 – 3.15 Break
3.15 – 4.45 Management of common rheumatological diseases: case-based discussions and reviews
4 simultaneous workshops (30 min each) where moderators should move from one hall to another. Participants will attend 3 out of 4 due to lack of time.
SLE, Pregnancy, APS
Gout Najiaa Hassouni
4.45 – 5.00 Closing remarks and certificates