Navigating the Challenges of Multiple Autoimmune Syndrome (MAS) in Rheumatic Patients

Multiple Autoimmune Syndrome, where patients have at least three distinct autoimmune conditions, can be challenging to manage for both provider and patient. This session will describe the most common trios in rheumatology and how best to handle them with the diagnosis, infection risks, and treatment with immunosuppressive medications. Also, the learner will be able to achieve coordination and collaboration with the healthcare team and multiple specialists.

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Course Summary

The 2020 Pacific Coast Rheumatology Forum Enduring Course consists of a series of videos from passionate experts presented at the 2020 Pacific Coast Rheumatology Forum in Manhattan Beach, California. In this series, participants will learn the most up-to-date discoveries of autoimmune diseases, the latest in treatment guidelines, and effective clinical skills to increase their practice’s efficiency. Following your participation with this course, you will have sharpened your skills and knowledge in order to provide the necessary support and treatments for your patients. This course is titled “Navigating the Challenges of Multiple Autoimmune Syndrome (MAS) in Rheumatic Patients” To receive CNE credit, participants must complete the course, evaluation, and post-test. A certificate of completion will be automatically generated following the completion of the course.


Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN-BC, CPNP-PC
Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit

Target Audience

The target audience for the forum includes registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and other healthcare professionals who are engaged in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy for the care of adult and pediatric patients with rheumatic diseases.

Learning Objectives

  • Define Multiple Autoimmune Syndrome (MAS)
  • Recognize the difference between polyautoimmunity (PA) and MAS
  • Understand special considerations when treating PA and MAS
  • Know the importance of closely working with other specialists when caring for PA and MAS patients

Accreditation Statement

The Rheumatology Nurses Society is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (Provider No. P0500).

Participants will earn 0.75 continuing nursing contact hours by actively participating in education and completing an online evaluation upon completion of program.

Faculty Disclosures

According to the disclosure policy of the Rheumatology Nurses Society, all faculty, planning committee members, editors, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant relationships with any commercial interests related to this activity. The existence of these interests or relationships is not viewed as implying bias or decreasing the value of the presentation. All educational materials are reviewed for fair balance, scientific objectivity and levels of evidence.

Disclosures are as follows:

Cathy Patty-Resk, MSN, RN-BC, CPNP-PC
Advisory Board: Novartis, Sandoz, Inc.

Linda Grinnell-Merrick, MS, NP-BC, Planning Committee
Speakers Bureau: Celgene, Janssen, AbbVie, Novartis, Sanofi
Consultant: Janssen, Novartis, Sandoz, AbbVie, Pfizer

Kevin Lyons, Executive Director of the Rheumatology Nurses Society
Nothing to disclose

Kim Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC, Lead Nurse Planner
Nothing to disclose

Method of Participation

There are no fees to participate in the activity. Participants must review the activity information including the learning objectives and disclosure statements, as well as the content of the activity. To receive CNE contact hours for your participation, please complete the post-test (achieving a passing grade of 75% or greater), and program evaluation. Your certificate can be printed immediately.

Copyright Statement

© 2020. This CNE-certified activity is held as copyrighted © by Rheumatology Nurses Society. Through this notice, the Rheumatology Nurses Society grants permission of its use for educational purposes only. These materials may not be used, in whole or in part, for any commercial purposes without prior permission in writing from the copyright owner(s).