PsA+COVID-19: Virtual Solutions and Personalized Learning That Optimize Psoriatic Arthritis Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has added uncertainty and complexity to providing care to patients with psoriatic disease. Appropriate use of strategies and tools that support providing rheumatology care remotely is critical in today’s clinical encounters. This educational activity addresses these issues through a variety of innovative experiences. First, Dr. Philip Mease and Dr. Alvin Wells present a fascinating look at immune activation and targeted therapies in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) through augmented reality. Participants are invited to join this experience via their mobile device. The activity also features a concise overview of the latest American College of Rheumatology’s clinical practice guidelines related to COVID-19, a self-directed exercise in building and exploring patient cases, and best practices for telemedicine. 

To gain the most benefit from participation in this activity, please download the ImmerseRx: Psoriatic Arthritis augmented reality app on your mobile device. You may use one of the QR codes below or search for it in the Google Play or App Store. You may also find it helpful to download and print the worksheet before starting the activity. 

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Release Date: March 25, 2021
Valid Until Date: March 25, 2022



Philip J. Mease, MD, MACR
Philip J. Mease, MD, MACR

Rheumatology Research
Swedish Medical Center/Providence St. Joseph Health
Clinical Professor,
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington

Alvin F. Wells
Alvin F. Wells, MD, PhD, FACR  

Visiting Foreign Professor, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden  
Director, Aurora Rheumatology and Immunotherapy Center;  
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke University Medical Center  
Assistant Clinical Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin

Learning Objectives

As a result of participation in this educational activity, participants should increase their ability to:


Summarize mechanisms of action (MOAs), effectiveness, and safety of conventional, targeted synthetic, and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) for treatment of PsA.


Explain reasons to stop/delay treatment vs reasons to initiate/continue PsA treatment in elderly patients and patients with comorbidities in the context of COVID-19. 


Discuss the role of telemedicine and other virtual strategies and tools to remotely monitor PsA progression and manage patients with PsA during and following the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Resolution

Educational activities provided by Forefront Collaborative and AKH must demonstrate balance, independence, and scientific rigor. All those in a position to control the content of an activity must disclose all relevant financial relationship(s) with commercial interest(s)*. For this educational activity, all conflicts of interest have been resolved through peer review and revisions to ensure independence, evidence base, fair balance, and absence of commercial bias. Disclosures appear below as they were at the launch of this activity. 

*The ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests – unless the provider of clinical service is owned, or controlled by, an ACCME-defined commercial interest.

The following individuals have indicated that neither they nor their spouses/partners have had, in the past 12 months, financial relationship(s) with commercial interests relative to the content of this CME activity:   

  • Planners (Forefront Collaborative): Leah Johnson, Marianna Shershneva, MD, PhD
  • Faculty (Planner): Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC  
  • Planners and Reviewers (AKH Inc): Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN and Bernadette Marie Makar, MSN, APRN, BC, NP-C 

The following individuals have disclosed that they and/or their spouse/partner has had a financial relationship in the past 12 months:   

Faculty Presenter: Philip J. Mease, MD, MACR

  • Consultant: AbbVie, Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Galapagos, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, Sun Pharmaceuticals, UCB
  • Speakers Bureau: AbbVie, Amgen, Janssen, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, UCB
  • Contracted Research: AbbVie, Amgen, Gilead, Janssen, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, Sun Pharmaceuticals, UCB 

Faculty Presenter: Alvin F. Wells, MD, PhD, FACR

  • Speakers Bureau: AbbVie, Amgen, Alexion, Aurinia, BMS, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi  

Faculty (Planner): Richard Martin, MD, MA

  • Contracted Research: AbbVie, Eicos Pharmaceutical, Lilly  

Faculty (Planner): Atul Deodhar, MD, MRCP, FACR, FACP

  • Consultant: AbbVie, Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer, UCB
  • Advisory Board: AbbVie, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer, UCB 
  • Contracted Research: AbbVie, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer, UCB 

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated. 

Activity Information

Target Audience
The target audience for this activity are rheumatologists and nurse practitioner (NP) and physician assistant (PA) rheumatology providers. Other clinicians who are involved in the care and treatment of patients with PsA can benefit from participation in this education. 

Accreditation Statement
Forefront Collaborative is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
Forefront Collaborative designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Practitioners 
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through the joint providership of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and Forefront Collaborative.  AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 030803.  
This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours (which includes 1.25 hours of pharmacology). 

CME Content Review
The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views or recommendations of Forefront Collaborative, AKH or Lilly.

The content of this activity was independently peer reviewed by two reviewers. The reviewers of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

This continuing medical education activity will include reference(s) to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. 

This activity is provided by Forefront Collaborative and AKH.

Commercial Support 
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly. For further information concerning Lilly grant funding, visit

Not Enrolled

Activity Includes

  • 8 Lessons
  • 3 Quizzes