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Best Practices for Management and Treatment of Psoriasis

Release Date: December 15, 2011

Termination Date:  December 15, 2012

Course Description This course focuses on the management and treatment of psoriasis.

 Method of physician participation in the learning process: Clinicians will review the case studies online and complete the evaluation and post test in order to earn CME credits.

 Estimated time to complete the educational activity: one hourParticipants must complete and submit the evaluation and post-test. CME credits will be issued by SUNY Downstate Office of CME.

 Hardware/Software Requirements:This educational activity is offered online and requires a connection to the Internet. The activity works on a PC or Macintosh computer with the browsers Internet Explorer and Firefox (most recent version). A macromedia flash player should be enabled in all browsers. One may be downloaded free of charge from



Target Audience

This course is designed for clinicians who manage patients with psoriasis.


Statement and Course Objectives

  • Cite the data regarding the use of biological and conventional therapy for the treatment of psoriasis (competence) and identify certain patient scenarios whereby there may be an increased benefit by using a biologic versus conventional therapy (patient outcomes)
  • Recognize co-morbidities that often exist in the context of psoriasis patients (competence) and develop appropriate management strategies in order to improve healthcare outcomes for your patients (performance/patient outcomes)
  • Review the data for contraindications in psoriasis treatment (competence) and identify clinical cases where this data applies (performance)
  • Identify co-existing clinical states that associated with psoriasis that may complicate the choice of effective therapy (competence) and implement therapy based on the most current evidence-based studies applicable to the specific setting (performance).
  • Appreciate the role of physician/patient communication (competence) in order to better individualize treatment plans, increase patient satisfaction and optimize overall outcomes (patient outcomes)


Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and The Foundation for Better Health Care.  The State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Designation Statement:
SUNY Downstate Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA/PRA Category 1 credit TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Disclosure Statement

SUNY Downstate Medical Center Office of CME (OCME) and its affiliates are committed to providing educational activities that are objective, balanced and free of bias as possible. The OCME has established policies that will identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity. All participating faculty are expected to disclose to the participants verbally or in writing, any commercial relationships that might be perceived as real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations, and unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs and devices.



Speakers and planners and their disclosures:


George Martin, MD, Program Director

Advances in Cosmetics and Medical Dermatology, Hawaii

Nothing to disclosure


Bruce E. Strober, MD, Assistant Professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; Director, Dermatopharmacology Unit, New York University Medical Center. Consultant for Amgen, Abbott, Centocor and speaker for Amgen, Abbott, Centocor, and Astellas.


Sergio Schwartzman, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery has been speaker and/or consultant for Abbott, Centocor, Genentech, and UCB.


Gary Solomon, MD, Director, Center for Atrthritis and Autoimmunity

NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. Nothing to disclose


Michael Hite, CEO Foundation For Better Healthcare, NYC- Nothing to Disclose

Judy Seraphine, Foundation For Better Healthcare, NYC - Nothing to Disclose

Diane Zuckerman, Foundation For Better Healthcare, NYC - Nothing to Disclose



Commercial Support

This course was supported by unrestricted grant from Centocor.


Provider Contact Information:

SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Office of Continuing Medical Education

450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 1244, Brooklyn, NY 11203

 (718) 270-2422


Reference material - A series of critically challenging case scenarios in moderate to severe psoriasis: A Delphi consensus approach 2009 by the American Academy of Dermatology, Inc.


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You can view the activity by clicking on the link below. You must register and complete the questions and evaluation in order to receive CME credit.  Participants must answer 3 out 5 questions correctly to receive CME Credits.



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