Lupus Lecture Series: The Diagnosis of Lupus – Practicing with Uncertainty

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The Diagnosis of Lupus: Practicing with Uncertainty


Course Description

This 52-minute presentation is part 1 of a 1.5-hour session and aims to help primary care physicians to:

  • Understand autoimmune
  • Raise clinical suspicion of autoimmune issues and challenges
  • Understand what lab tests should be performed and interpret the results
  • Identify the presenting signs and “type 1” symptoms of lupus (rashes, arthritis, cytopenia) to trigger an early referral to a rheumatologist and aid in early diagnosis


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  • Click "Begin Course" button at the top of the right column to start
  • Complete the pre-test
  • Watch the presentation (You must score 100% on the post-test to receive credit)
  • Complete the evaluation
  • Claim your CME and download/print your certificate

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Course Content


The AAFP has reviewed Lupus Lecture Series: The Diagnosis of Lupus and deemed it acceptable for up to 1.00 Enduring Materials, Self-Study AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 10/20/2021 to 10/20/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learning Objectives

1. Discuss autoimmunity
2. Recognize the manifestations of lupus
3. Increase knowledge of diagnostic criteria
4. Differentiate lupus and fibromyalgia


The following individuals have no financial conflicts of interest relevant to this activity:

Angie Halaja-Henriques
Sue Hockenberry, PCMH CCE
Theresa J. Barrett, PhD, CMP, CAE

Project Faculty:
William Warning, MD
Eric Gertner, MD, MPH
Lee Radosh, MD, FAAFP

The following individuals have disclosures but no financial conflicts of interest relevant to this activity:

Roberto Caricchio, MD
Dr. Caricchio consulted for: J&J, Aurinia, and GSK
Dr. Caricchio is site PI for Clinical Trials with: AstraZeneca, Lilly, SOBI, Resolve, Novartis, and LuCIN