Continuing Medical & Nurse Education

Continuing Education Programs

The National Scleroderma Foundation offers Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) as a vital tool in advancing awareness and understanding of scleroderma and its comorbid conditions among healthcare Providers.

Because scleroderma is a systemic disorder, individuals living with scleroderma are typically under the care of multiple specialists in the course of disease management, depending on the particular organ system(s) affected by the disease (e.g. skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, digestive track, etc.). There is a great need to educate medical professionals on the various manifestation of scleroderma to foster quicker, accurate diagnosis to enhance outcomes/quality of life. The Foundation’s CME and CNE provides continuing education credits for healthcare providers to learn more about this complex disease.

Upcoming Programs

General Information

● The Lung in Scleroderma

● May 5, 2023

● Congress of Clinical Rheumatology- East Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort, 4000 Sandestin Boulevard South Miramar Beach, FL 32550

● Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and National Scleroderma Foundation


Target Audience

This activity is intended for Physicians & Registered Nurses engaged in the care of patients with Systemic Scleroderma.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Develop materials to increase awareness about the need for early diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension and interstitial fibrosis in systemic sclerosis.
  • Implement recent updates on the diagnostic methods and outcome measures used in scleroderma patients with pulmonary hypertension or interstitial fibrosis.
  • Understand special circumstances where evaluation of prognosis and appropriate modification of treatment requires additional debate/discussion.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies. All identified conflicts of interest (COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PIM policy. The existence or absence of COI for everyone in a position to control educational content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each activity.


Virginia D. Steen M.D.
Chair of NSF Medical Scientific Advisory Board
Georgetown University

Laura Hummers M.D.
Clinical Director, Division of Rheumatology, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Elizabeth R. Volkmann M.D., M.S.
Director, CTD-ILD Program, University of California, Los Angeles

The faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities related to the educational content of this CE activity. These relationships have been mitigated:

Virginia D. Steen M.D.

Consulting fees from: Boehringer Ingelheim, CSL Behring, Eicos

Grant funding from: Boehringer Ingelheim, Kadman, Accelleron, Genetec, Biogen, Eicos, Roche, Prometheus


Laura Hummers M.D.

Consulting fees from: Boehringer Ingelheim, Ortho Dermatologic, Biotest, CSL Behring

Grant funding from: Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim, Prometheus, Kadmon, Eicos, Glaxo Smith Kline, Corbus Pharmaceuticals, Mitsubishi Tanabe, Horizon


Elizabeth R. Volkmann M.D., M.S.

Consulting fees from: Boehringer Ingelheim, GSK, CSL Behring, Roche

Grant funding from: Boehringer Ingelheim, Prometheus, Kadmon, Horizon

Speaker Honoraria: Boehringer Ingelheim


The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The National Scleroderma Foundation planners and others have nothing to disclose.

Program Agenda

May 5, 2023:

6:45am CT

Registration Opens CCR-East


11:45am – 12:45pm CT

The Lung in Scleroderma: Systemic Sclerosis Associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension


12:45pm – 1:45pm CT: Lunch Break


1:45pm – 2:45pm CT

The Lung in Scleroderma: Systemic Sclerosis Associated Interstitial Lung Disease


Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and      National Scleroderma Foundation. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation


Physician Continuing Medical Education

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Continuing Nursing Education

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1 contact hours.

California Board of Registered Nursing (Note: Only required when a LIVE activity will occur within the borders of the state of California, minimum of 1 contact hour.)

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 13485, for 1 contact hours.


Americans with Disabilities Act (required for live meetings only)

Event staff will be glad to assist you with any special needs (i.e., physical, dietary, etc). Please contact Angel Soto prior to the live event at (978) 624-1250.


Fee Information

There is no fee for this educational activity.


Method of Participation and Request for Credit

In order to obtain your CE certificate, please follow the steps below at the conclusion of the activity:


1)Go to

2)Login or Create a New Account (will take less than 1 minute)

a)If you receive a message when creating a new account that “the email you entered is already in use”, please click the Forgot my Username or Password link to have your Username and Password sent to you via email

b)After logging in, you may be asked to verify/update your information; after doing so, click Save at the bottom of the page

3)Type in 17758 at the top of the page, “Find Post-Test/Evaluation by Course”, and click enter

4)Click on the activity title when it appears

5)Choose the type of credit you desire

6)(If applicable) Complete the Post-test with a passing score of 75% or better

7)Complete the online Evaluation

8)Receive an immediate CE Certificate to download and/or print for your files

If you have questions regarding the certification of this activity, please contact PIM via email at