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By American College of Rheumatology

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As the official podcast of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), ACR on Air seeks to have informative and engaging conversations rheumatology professionals want to hear – ranging in topic from trends in clinical practice, to issues affecting rheumatology professionals, and the changing landscape of the rheumatology field. Tune in each month for engaging interviews and commentary.

Episode Date
34. Responding to and Dealing with Implicit Bias as a Healthcare Provider

Today we’re talking about implicit bias with Dr Arin Reeves. What bias is, how it permeates our lives, how it can negatively impact our workforce, and its impact on clinical research and patient care. Most importantly, we discuss what we can do about our implicit biases to prevent them from causing damage. 

Aug 02, 2022
33. B-Cell Depleting Therapies and COVID-19

This week we welcome Dr. Alfred Kim to our show as we discuss B-Cell depleting therapies and how patients on these drugs may be more susceptible to COVID-19. During which, Dr. Kim takes us back to the beginning of the pandemic and how he and his patients initially managed the rituximab infusions, how and why people on this drug may be at increased risk of severe disease, the importance of vaccinations, and why they may not work for this patient population. Finally, we finish with Dr. Kim sharing with us important information on how to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 among people taking b-cell depleting therapies, now that there are new therapies for COVID-19 pre-exposure prophylaxis.  

Jul 19, 2022
32. The Importance of Mental Healthcare for Healthcare Providers

Today’s episode is all about mental health for today’s healthcare professionals with our guest, Dr. Hanna Zembrzuska. She is a psychiatrist and rheumatologist and is a clinical assistant professor at The University of Iowa, holding appointments in the depts of internal medicine and psychiatry. We discuss everything from what burnout is, strategies to prevent/overcome it, the importance of having a sense of control within your medical practice and how to establish boundaries to coaching and support groups for physicians, as well as tips and tricks to maintain your mental health during busy clinic days. We then dive into how depression and anxiety can cause physical pain with rheumatic disease. 

Jul 05, 2022
31. 2021 Kawasaki Disease Guidelines

Today, in this episode, we’ll discuss the new “2021 Guideline for the Management of Kawasaki Disease, the mysterious triggers that cause KD, the use of therapies such as IVIG, steroids, infliximab, anakinra, and compare multisystem inflammatory disease in children, or MIS-C (a condition very similar to Kawasaki Disease that is triggered by SARS COV-2). Joining us today is Dr. Mark Gorelik, lead Author of the “2021 Guideline for the Management of Kawasaki Disease. He’s an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, is a pediatric rheumatologist, an allergist and immunologist. His research focuses on vasculitis, including Kawasaki disease, and on immune dysregulation.   

Jun 21, 2022
30. Importance of Physical Activity for People with Rheumatic Diseases

In this episode, Dr. Kim Steinbarger, PT, MHS, DHSc, Asst. Professor at Husson University, and Talitha Black, an occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), help us clarify some common misconceptions about exercise for people with rheumatic diseases. We’ll discuss tips and strategies to increase physical activity for people of all ages, explore who would benefit from physical or occupational therapy. We’ll discuss bracing, taping, and other strategies that people may use to reduce pain and improve function. 

Jun 07, 2022
29. Cannabis as Pain Management
Today we interview Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, a Rheumatologist in Montreal, Canada who specializes in pain management in rheumatic diseases and explore cannabis as a pain management option 
May 24, 2022
28. ACR 2021 JIA Guidelines
Recently, ACR released two treatment guidelines for JIA. One updating pharmacologic management and another for non-pharmacologic therapies. We have lead author, Dr. Karen Onel, taking us through a deep dive on these, in an episode close to Jon's heart
May 10, 2022
27. Hot Topics in Reproductive Health
Pregnancy and reproductive health have long been hot topics in the rheumatology community. Lisa Sammaritano, MD and Whitney White, PharmD, BCPS joined our host to discuss three research articles moving conversations forward on pregnancy and lactation in rheumatic disease patients. 
Mar 29, 2022
26. Vasculitis Guidelines Miniseries - Part 3

In this episode of ACR on Air, we reach the final installment of our vasculitis guideline miniseries. Dr. Hausmann is once again joined by Dr. Sharon Chung, lead author of the 2021 ACR/VF guidelines for managing systemic vasculitis, to discuss Polyarteritis Nodosa (PAN). Dr. Chung weighs in on CTA over MRA for abdominal vascular imaging, and blind biopsy. Dr. Hausmann and Dr. Chung examine various patient scenarios for PAN symptoms and why they would meet the criteria for data testing. 

Dec 21, 2021
25. Vasculitis Guidelines Miniseries - Part 2

In this episode of ACR on Air, we continue into part two of our Vasculitis miniseries with Dr. Sharon Chung, lead author of the 2021 ACR/VF guidelines for managing systemic vasculitis. Dr. Chung addresses how the guidelines were developed, the use of use temporal artery biopsy, and the on-going challenges with treating Takayasu’s arteritis. She also highlights the success of non-invasive ultrasound techniques in Europe for diagnosing Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) and discusses the treatment approaches for GCA. 

Dec 07, 2021
24. Vasculitis Guidelines Miniseries - Part 1

In this episode of ACR on Air we begin the first entry in our Vasculitis miniseries with Dr. Sharon Chung, where we take a detailed examination of the 2021 ACR/VF guidelines for managing systemic vasculitis. In part one of the series Dr. Chung will discuss the importance and creation of the guidelines along with the impact the author's hope to achieve. We then dive into the recommendations for ANCA-associated vasculitis, including: GPA, EGPA and MPA. We'll address controversial questions for treatment and the impacts that arise for COVID-19 vaccinations.

Nov 18, 2021
23. COVID-19 Updates: Vaccine 3rd Doses, Antibody Testing & Real-World Data

It’s been seven months since the ACR released its COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Guidance for Patients with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases, and we continue to learn more about navigating COVID-19 in rheumatology patients. Some real-world data has become available on patient outcomes. The FDA has issued an EUA for 3rd doses of an available mRNA vaccine in certain immunocompromised patients. Antibody testing continues to be heavily debated. And monoclonal antibody treatment has received an EUA to be used as a prophylaxis measure in patients at high risk for developing severe COVID-19. Dr. Jeff Curtis, Chair of the ACR COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance Task Force, joins us to discuss these developments, updated task force recommendations, and more.

Sep 28, 2021
22. The Impact of Diet on Rheumatic Conditions

On episode 21, we discussed alternative therapies that providers and patients can consider to support treatment plans for rheumatic diseases. On this episode,  Dr. Monica Guma joins the show to talk about how diet may impact these conditions, positively or negatively.  

The host, Dr. Guma nor the ACR suggest that patients with rheumatic conditions forgo traditional treatment plans recommended by trained rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals. Patients should continue to see their rheumatologist to discuss complements to their treatment plan.

May 18, 2021
21. Use of Complementary Alternative Therapies in Rheumatic Care

Sowhat are we talking about today? A topic that comes up often between providers and patients—alternative and integrative therapies to help treat rheumatic conditions.  Dr. Chenchen Wang joins the show to talk about a few of the popular therapies available for common conditions, address a few myths, and offer insight on how rheumatologists can support patients interested in these alternative options.  


While we are taking time to discuss this popular topic, the host, Dr. Wang nor the ACR are suggesting that patients with rheumatic conditions forgo traditional treatment plans recommended by trained rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals. Patients should continue to see their rheumatologist for updates or additions to their treatment plan. 

Apr 20, 2021
20. Looking Back on a Year of Telemedicine During COVID-19

This month, our host takes a look back on the telemedicine journey many health care providers and patients navigated in 2020. Dr. Christine Peoples and Dr. Aruni Jayatilleke join as guests sharing their experiences and tips on digitally treating patients with rheumatic diseases.

Mar 16, 2021
19. ACR COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance Recommends Vaccination, Addresses Immunosuppressant Drugs & Patient Concerns

This show is a special one and covers a topic that so many of you have been asking about! The American College of Rheumatology just released its guidance on the COVID-19 vaccine for patients with rheumatic diseases, and we have the lead author, Dr. Jeff Curtis, on with our host to discuss the research and recommendations.   


Throughout the show, you will hear Dr. Curtis the ACR’s recommendation that all patients with rheumatic diseases should get the vaccine and that it does not matter which one you get—just make sure your second dose is by the same brand. Bottom line: get whichever one is available to you as soon as you can get it.


They also discuss the process of developing the ACR guidance, the experts involved including epidemiologists, rheumatologists, and infectious disease clinicians; and how they plan to keep the document updated.


And finally, they discuss the safety and efficacy of the vaccines despite how rapidly they were developed, the low risk of disease flares, and the importance of ongoing research on this topic.


This is the episode you want to listen to NOW!


Feb 10, 2021
18. Advocacy in Rheumatology (Jan. 19, 2021)

This month’s show focuses on advocacy in the rheumatology space. Our host chats with Lennie Shewmaker McDaniel, director of congressional affairs for the ACR; and Amanda Grimm Wiegrefe, the ACR’s director of regulatory affairs about advocacy wins and losses for 2020, the upcoming priorities for 2021, and how listeners can get involved.


Jan 19, 2021
17. Hot Topics Journals Edition (Dec. 15, 2020)
Dec 15, 2020
16. Hot Topics Journals Edition (Nov. 17, 2020)

This month’s show features a guest author discussing, Dr. Yusuf Yazici, discussing his team’s efforts to create a drug treatment for osteoarthritis. The study was published in the American College of Rheumatology’s journal, Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Nov 17, 2020
15. ACR Convergence 2020 Preview (Oct. 20, 2020)

This month we’re giving you a preview of ACR Convergence 2020, the ACR’s annual meeting, which will be held Nov. 5 – 9 in an all-virtual environment. Our host chats with Dr. Vicki Shanmugam and Dr. Swamy Venuturupalli about the shift to a virtual event this year, what’s changing and staying the same, must attend sessions including special COVID-19 discussions and what participants can expect from this all-encompassing experience. 

Oct 20, 2020
14. Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month (RDAM) (Sept. 15, 2020)

It’s Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month, RDAM for short, and in this episode, we’re talking with Dr. Kanika Monga about a few of the 100+ rheumatic diseases, the 54 million Americans with a rheumatic condition and the results of a nationwide patient survey. RDAM is hosted every September by the American College of Rheumatology and its Simple Tasks™ awareness campaign.

Sep 15, 2020
13. Reproductive Health & Rheumatic Diseases (Aug. 18, 2020)

ACR on Air is back for Season 2 with a very important topic for the rheumatology specialty. Listen as our host chats with Dr. Lisa Sammaritano and Dr. Ware Branch about reproductive health for patients with rheumatic diseases.

Aug 18, 2020
12. COVID-19 Series - Telehealth (April 29, 2020)

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals have found themselves in an unprecedented situation where the rise of telehealth has been key to treating their patients. In this episode of ACR on Air, our host will speak with two ACR experts, Dr. Jay Mehta and Antanya Chung, about telehealth best practices.

Apr 29, 2020
11. COVID-19 Series - Practice Support (April 29, 2020

The special COVID-19 series continues with a discussion on how to keep your practice going during this pandemic. Our host chats with Dr. Chris Phillips, who runs a solo practice in Kentucky, and Dan Redinger, an ACR staffer who is keeping his eye on the federal government's COVID-19 stimulus package. Listen as they share best practices and tips for health care providers during this unprecedented time.

Apr 29, 2020
10. COVID-19 Series - Drug Shortages (April 21, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the American College of Rheumatology has dedicated the next few episodes of ACR on Air to the challenges that have arisen, along with information about the available resources and guidance . The first episode in this special series focuses on drug shortages including hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and chloroquine.

Apr 21, 2020
9. - Trends in Scientific Publishing (March 17, 2020)

In this episode, our guest, Dr. Daniel Solomon, takes us on a journey through the life cycle of a manuscript and getting publishing. With more than 400 published articles under his belt, Dr. Solomon offers key tips on writing and submitting your work, how to promote your research, spotting predatory journals and more. He also shares valuable insight on publishing trends he’s seen over the past 25 years.

Mar 17, 2020
8. Hot Topics - Annual Meeting Edition IV (Feb. 18, 2020)

The final 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting edition of Hot Topics is here. Dr. Suleman Bhana and Dr. Ali Duarte-Garcia chat with our host, Dr. Jon Hausmann, about the last few studies featured in press conferences at the meeting.

Feb 18, 2020
7. Hot Topics - Annual Meeting Edition III (Jan. 17, 2019)

The ACR is back with another special 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting Hot Topics edition. Our host, Dr. Jon Hausmann, is joined by guest hosts Dr. Suleman Bhana and Dr. Ali Duarte-Garcia to discuss more of the studies featured in the Annual Meeting press conferences.

Jan 21, 2020
6. Hot Topics - Annual Meeting Edition II (Dec. 17, 2019)

In this special Hot Topics episode, our host and guests discuss more of the studies featured in the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting press conferences.

Dec 17, 2019
5. Hot Topics - Annual Meeting Edition I (Nov. 19, 2019)

The ACR is back with a special 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting Hot Topics edition. Our host, Dr. Jon Hausmann, along with Drs. Suleman Bhana and Paul Sufka, discuss a few of the studies featured in the Annual Meeting press conferences.

Nov 19, 2019
4. Quality Care Measurement (Oct. 15, 2019)

Episode 4 is a continuation of our series focused on value-based care and how to measure quality of care. Our guest host, Dr. Vaneet Sandhu, will chat with Dr. Lisa Suter about quality measurement and improvement , and what that means for the rheumatology specialty.

Oct 15, 2019
3. Value-Based Care in Rheumatology (Sept. 17, 2019)

In this episode, Dr. Hausmann and his guests, Dr. Colin Edgerton, chair of the ACR's committee on rheumatologic care and Dr. Angus Worthing, chair of the ACR's government affairs committee, take listeners on a journey into value-based care and how it impacts the rheumatology profession.

Sep 17, 2019
2. Hot Topics (Aug. 20, 2019)

This episode is a special edition called Hot Topics where our host Dr. Jon Hausmann chats with Dr. Suleman Bhana and Dr. Paul Sufka about intriguing articles from ACR journals.

Aug 20, 2019
1. JIA Guidelines -Uveitis and Rheumatology Workforce Shortage (Aug. 20, 2019)

This episode, our host talks with Dr. Sheila Angeles - Han, lead investigator on the JIA Uveitis guidelines. He also chats with Barbara Slusher, MSW, PA-C about how PAs/NPs help with the rheumatology workforce shortage.

Aug 20, 2019
Jul 16, 2019