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This is the third episode of a Rheumatology e-Learning Module inspired by the EULAR Campaign 'Don't Delay, Connect Today' and made possible by Association of Arthritis and Rheumatism – Malta (ARAM).  

 

Learning Objectives

 

1. To improve ability to recognise and diagnose Raynaud's Phenomenon
2. To improve ability to differentiate between Primary and Secondary Raynaud's Phenomenon.
3. To improve ability to counsel and treat patients with Raynaud's Phenomenon.
4. To appreciate when it is appropriate to refer patients with Raynaud's Phenomenon to a Specialist Centre.

 

Learning Goal

  • To raise awareness of the need for early diagnosis of Raynaud's phenomenon.
  • To advise Healthcare Professionals how to counsel and treat patients with Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • To become familiar with features that would help to differentiate between Primary and Secondary Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • To guide Healthcare Professionals about when it is appropriate to refer patients with Raynaud's Phenomenon to a Specialist Centre

 

Partner Organisation

Rheumatology Unit, Mater Dei Hospital

 

 

 

Accreditation Valid Until   8th November 2019
Medical Association of Malta as representative of UEMO Image result for malta, mam 0.5 Credits
Malta College of Family Doctors     applied for

 

 

Quiz

 Release Date: November 2018

 

Learning Objectives

  • To improve understanding of Fibromyalgia, including diagnosis, symptoms and the relationship between the Condition, sleep disturbances and anxiety
  • To discuss management options; both pharmacological and non-pharmacological including EULAR recommendations
  • To increase appreciation of the importance of a multidisciplinary support structure  in the pro-active management of patients affected by the condition
  • To review of the latest updated recommendations
  • To go over the local multidisciplinary shared care fibromyalgia service

 

After viewing the presentation, the participant should become more confident with diagnosing and managing fibromyalgia

 

 Partner Organisation : Mater Dei Hospital

 

Accreditation Valid Until   8th November 2019
Medical Association of Malta as representative of UEMO Image result for malta, mam 0.5 Credits
Malta College of Family Doctors     applied for

 

 

 Release Date: November 2018

 

Quiz

 

This is the second episode of a Rheumatology e-Learning Module inspired by the EULAR Campaign 'Don't Delay, Connect Today' and made possible by Association of Arthritis and Rheumatism – Malta (ARAM)

In this eLearning video, Dr Cecilia Mercieca discusses Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). JIA is a rare but important condition affecting about 1 in 1000 children. It is an umbrella term for a number of different conditions.

 

Learning Objectives


• To explain differential diagnosis and improve recognition of distinctive clinical features of JIA 
• To increase awareness on the different clinical patterns of the condition
• To emphasize the importance of performing appropriate investigations
• To increase familiarisation with management and with the special considerations which need to be considered when managing young people with JIA

 

Partner Organisation European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and Association of Arthritis and Rheumatism – Malta


Accreditation

 

Image result for malta, mam

Medical Association of Malta  as representative of UEMO

 

0.5 Credits

 

Malta College of Family Doctors

 

applied for

 


About the Video

In this video, Dr Mercieca explains the different clinical presentations as well as the differential diagnoses of JIA. Dr. Mercieca also discusses the importance of taking a full history, performing comprehensive examination and the role of both laboratory and radiological investigations. The various treatment and management options are explained followed by a discussion on management of the transition between adolescence and adulthood.

This video is aimed at the non-Rheumatologist and aims to show that early referral does make a difference in the quality of life of the patient and improves outcomes.

 

Quiz

 

Contributor

Dr Cecilia Mercieca
Consultant Rheumatologist
Mater Dei Hospital


Release Date: 1st November 2018
Accreditation Valid Until:  1st November 2019

 

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Learning Objectives

  • To recognise and appreciate the burden of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases which are often underestimated
  • To understand the importance of early referral and diagnosis of rheumatic conditions since early diagnosis equates to better quality of life and improved outcomes.
  • To develop a structured approach to diagnosis and understand the importance of history and clinical examination.
  • To understand the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to rheumatic conditions and the role of the family doctor as a key player in the team

 

Partner Organisation European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and Association of Arthritis and Rheumatism – Malta

 

 

 

Accreditation valid until

 

17th September 2019

 

Medical Association of Malta as representative of UEMO

 

0.5 Credits

 

Malta College of Family Doctors Malta College of Family Doctors   Applied for

About the Video

This video is aimed at the non-Rheumatologist and aims to make the point that early referral does make a difference in the quality of life and outcomes for the patient, that treatment is available and that we should aim at achieving remission. Dr Frendo discusses the prevalence of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal disease and emphasises the importance of the history and clinical examination in making a diagnosis as well as the use of appropriate investigations when necessary. She stresses that judicious use of investigations is paramount and that the result of any test should be interpreted in the right clinical context. The role of the family doctor as part of the multidisciplinary team is also emphasised during this video.

 

Quiz


Contributor

Dr Michela Frendo MD MRCP(UK) - Physician and Rheumatologist

 

 

Learning Objectives

 

This is the sixth and final session in a series dealing with Heart Failure. The aim of this series is to improve the recognition, diagnosis and management of heart failure.

 

This session will be a panel discussion which will include a Family Doctor, Heart Failure Nurse and Cardiologist specialising in heart failure. Dr Silvio Grixti describes a case of a patient who presented with heart signs and symptoms of heart failure. This is followed by the cardiologists’ appraisal and then the heart failure nurse specialist describes her role in the follow up of these patients in the heart failure clinic. The primary objective of this episode is to help the health care professional better understand the patient journey as experienced in our local scenario. Through a patient example, one will better understand the treatment, monitoring and multi-disciplinary approach a heart failure patient receives upon admission to Mater Dei Hospital and the role the Family Doctor plays inthese patients'  journey.

 

 After watching the video, we invite users to log on to www.thesynapse.net/cme and complete a set of short Multiple-Choice Questions and following this download a certificate of participation to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

 

Quiz

 

Accreditation  valid up till 1st November 2019
Medical Association of Malta as representative of UEMO 0.5 Credits
Malta College of Family Doctors   0.5 Credits

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Download the advertorial

 

 

In this Video there are two presentations.  Please follow them both before attempting the quiz.

 

Learning Objectives

 

This is the fifth in a six-part series dealing with Heart Failure. The aim of this series is to improve the recognition, diagnosis and management of heart failure.

 

Heart failure frequently coexists with other common medical conditions which may be cardiac or non-cardiac conditions. There are two videos associated with this session. In the first video, Dr Robert Xuereb discusses how cardiac and non-cardiac co morbidities play a role determining the evolution and management of heart failure.

 

In the second video, Prof Emanuel Farrugia uses a case-based approach to discuss how renal co morbidities affect heart failure and its management.

After watching the videos, we invite users to log on to www.thesynapse.net/cme and complete a set of short Multiple-Choice Questions and following this download a certificate of participation to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

Quiz

 

Accreditation  1st October 2019
Medical Association of Malta as representative of UEMO 0.5 Credits
Malta College of Family Doctors   0.5 Credits

 

Contributor

Dr Robert Xuereb

Dr Robert Xuereb

Cardiologist

Prof. Emanuel Farrugia

Prof. Emanuel Farrugia

Cardiologist

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

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This is the fourth in a six-part series dealing with Heart Failure. The aim of this series is to improve the recognition, diagnosis and management of heart failure.

 

In this edition, Dr Robert Xuereb discusses both the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of heart failure according to the latest guidelines with particular emphasis to the role of a new class of medications (ARNI) and discusses why and when to use these medications. The primary objective of this episode is to help the health care professional fully understand the treatments and treatment options available to better manage heart failure patients.

 

After watching the video, we invite users to log on to www.thesynapse.net/cme and complete a set of short Multiple-Choice Questions and following this download a certificate of participation to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

 

Quiz

 

  Accreditation valid until 17th September 2019

Image result for malta, mam

 

Medical Association of Malta as representative of UEMO

 

0.5 Credits

 

Malta College of Family Doctors Malta College of Family Doctors   0.5 Credits

 

 

Contributor

Dr Robert Xuereb

Dr Robert Xuereb

Cardiology

 


 

 

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This is the third in a six-part series dealing with Heart Failure. The aim of this series is to improve the recognition, diagnosis and management of heart failure.

 

For the first time in a number of years, we now have treatments that improve mortality and morbidity instead of treatments that could basically achieve symptom control. In this edition, Dr Alice Moore explains the recent European Society of Cardiology Guidelines (ESC Guidelines), highlights recent changes in the guidelines and compares with the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines. Through the example of a patient case, the primary objective of this episode is to help the health care professional understand the rationale behind the treatment approach and the stepwise pharmacological management of heart failure as recommended by ESC and AHA Guidelines.

 

After watching the video, we invite users to log on to www.thesynapse.net/cme and complete a set of short Multiple-Choice Questions and following this download a certificate of participation to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

 

Quiz

 

  Accreditation valid until 17th September 2019

Image result for malta, mam

 

Medical Association of Malta as representative of UEMO

 

0.5 Credits

 

Malta College of Family Doctors Malta College of Family Doctors   0.5 Credits

 

 

Contributor

Dr Alice Moore

Dr Alice Moore

Cardiology

 


 

 

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This is the first in a six-part series dealing with Heart Failure. The aim of this series is to improve the recognition, diagnosis and management of heart failure.

This is the second in a six-part series dealing with Heart Failure. The aim of this series is to improve the recognition, diagnosis and management of heart failure.

 

In this edition, Dr Alex Borg discusses modern modalities of investigation of heart failure in particular the role of echocardiography in the proper diagnosis and classification of the type of heart failure. Dr Borg also discusses laboratory investigations and the role of NT Pro BNP in the diagnosis and monitoring of heart failure. Through the example of a patient case, the primary objective of this episode is to help health care professionals understand and apply necessary first- line and second-line investigations and monitoring requirements for heart failure patients.

 

After watching the video, we invite users to log on to www.thesynapse.net/cme and complete a set of short Multiple-Choice Questions and following this download a certificate of participation to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

 

Quiz

 

  Accreditation valid until 1st September 2019

Image result for malta, mam

 

Medical Association of Malta as representative of UEMO

 

0.5 Credits

 

Malta College of Family Doctors Malta College of Family Doctors   0.5 Credits

 

Contributor

Dr Alexander Borg

Dr Alexander Borg

Cardiologist

 


 

 

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This is the first in a six-part series dealing with Heart Failure. The aim of this series is to improve the recognition, diagnosis and management of heart failure.

Log on to TheSynapse eLearning for a deeply insightful presentation on Chronic Venous Insufficiency - how it presents, how it affects the individual, the burden of disease, the role of the family doctor, common pitfalls in management as well as modern treatments available.

 

The Learning Objectives for this eLearning video are: 

  • To understand the basics of chronic venous insufficiency
  • To recognise the common modes of presentation
  • To learn about new treatment options for the condition
  • To educate colleagues about a common condition and identify triggers for appropriate referral

 

 

After watching the video, we invite you to log on to www.thesynapse.net/cme and complete a set of short Multiple-Choice Questions and following this you may download your certificate of participation and earn your Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. 

It is important to note that the answers you enter for the MCQs are solely for your personal viewing and will NOT be shared with any other person or organisation. 

After you do the MCQs you will be able to download a feedback and learning points regarding the questions.

The presentation is by Prof Kevin Cassar.

Prof. Kevin Cassar Kevin Cassar MD(Malta), FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Gen Surg), MMEd (Dundee), MD(Aberdeen), FFSTEd is Consultant vascular surgeon and clinical lead of the vascular unit at Mater Dei Hospital, Malta a post he has held since 2007. He is also Foundation School Director for Malta Foundation school since 2008. He is associate professor of surgery at the University of Malta. Prof Cassar completed his medical training at the University of Malta medical school in 1993 and subsequently proceeded to surgical training in the North and North East of Scotland. He was appointed Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Senior Lecturer with the University of Aberdeen after completing higher surgical training in vascular surgery. He was awarded an MD from the University of Aberdeen for his research into platelet function in peripheral arterial disease. He completed a Masters in Medical Education with the University of Dundee. He has published in various journals including the Journal of Vascular Surgery, the EJVES, the BMJ, the British Journal of Surgery and Medical Teacher. He authors the peripheral arterial disease section of the BMJ clinical evidence. He is a member of the Diabetic foot research group of the University of Malta. He is also an e-tutor with the University of Edinburgh and tutors on the Masters in Vascular Surgery offered by the same university. He has tutored several Masters and PhD students. He is the first Maltese to be awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He has published in several high impact factor journals including the British Journal of Surgery, the Journal of Vasular Surgery, the European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, the British Medical Journal, Medical Teacher and others. His current research interests include the use of thermography in vascular disease particularly the diabetic foot.

 

https://www.thesynapse.net/cme/index.php/lms/ts-cme/course/chronic-venous-insufficiency

 

 


 

 

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