Help/Frequently Asked Questions

What is RheumCME?

RheumCME contains tutorials, online lectures, podcasts, and test questions in the following area of Osteoarthritis, with an effort to expand to all areas of Rheumatology.

Tutorials provide you with an overview of important topics and focus on areas such as clinical and radiographic features, diagnosis, risk factors, evaluation, treatment options, and patient outcomes. Throughout each tutorial, you will be able to access images including clinical photographs, radiographs, and magnetic resonance images. If you would like additional information on a specific topic, bibliographies are included at the conclusion of each tutorial.

Online lectures simulate the lecture experience. Experts in the rheumatology community provide lectures in their respective specialty area. The slides automatically advance along with the audio.

Podcasts are audio recordings focused on a specific topic. Experts in the field of rheumatology record these 10-15 minute discussions on issues that pertain to their specialties.

Who will benefit from accessing the information posted on RheumCME?

RheumCME, launched in June 2011, is part of a series of learning management systems (LMS) that have been around since 1997. The LMS’s offers free education to those looking to further their knowledge and earn CME Credits. Other benefits of the LMS’s includes a self-assessment tool to help study for board exams, and educational tools for healthcare professionals and their patients.

The information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can explore the material at your own pace and convenience.

What are the minimum PC requirements needed to access RheumCME?

You will need a browser that will accept frames. It should be set to enable Java, JavaScript, and style sheets. It should also be set to accept cookies.

System  Requirements:
This site is designed to support Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 and Mozilla  Firefox 2 or greater. With:

  • Javascript
  • Cookies
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Real Media Player

For the best experience, we recommend a monitor resolution of 1024x768 pixels or greater, and a color depth of 256 or greater. If you are using older versions,other browsers, or have any of the above requirements disabled, certain areas of this web site may not function as intended.

Is there a cost to access RheumCME or obtain CME?

RheumCME is a free educational Web site for the medical community. There is no cost for you to access RheumCME or to obtain CME credits. RheumCME is a CME site supported, in part, by educational grants from sanofi-aventis U.S., UCB and AbbVie. The Web site does not include any product advertisements.

How often is RheumCME updated?

RheumCME is constantly updated and expanded to include the most accurate and relevant information available for rheumatology professionals. We have recruited leading experts and teachers in the rheumatology community to serve as editors and authors. Before any new material is posted on the RheumCME, it is thoroughly reviewed by a expert peer reviewer.

How can I earn CME credits on RheumCME?

For each CME activity (tutorial, lecture, podcast or video) you select, you will be taken directly to the CME Information, which will tell you about the activity and authors, what you should learn at the end and how many credits the activity is worth.

Upon reviewing the CME information, you will be directed to continue on to the pretest. Upon completing the pretest, you will be directed to continue on to the activity, where you will be able to read, watch or listen to the activity.

Upon your completion of the activity, you will be directed to continue to the posttest. If a passing score is achieved on the posttest, you will be able to continue on to an evaluation of the activity and finally, you will be directed to continue on to your certificate.

Your certificate will also appear in your “My CME” section of RheumCME for future referral.

International Users: If your country recognizes United States-approved CME as valid credits in medical education, then the credits you can earn on RheumCME can be applied to your country's continuing medical education program.

Whom do I contact for  questions or comments about editorial content?

Please email for any questions or comments pertaining to editorial content on RheumCME.

Whom do I contact if I  experience technical difficulties while on RheumCME?

If you experience technical difficulties while on RheumCME, contact