Spring 2019 (Volume 29, Number 1)
What is the CRA
Doing For You?
By Kevin Baijnauth, Communications Coordinator, CRA
With another successful Annual Scientific Meeting
recently behind us, some members may not know
that in addition to an outstanding learning and
networking opportunity, this meeting presents a great opportunity
for many of the Canadian Rheumatology Association
(CRA) committee members to meet in person and
discuss their work plans and goals for the year.
We have highlighted just a few initiatives for CRA members
to look out for!
In development by the Communications Committee, a
CRA-endorsed podcast is being produced that will be chalk
full of content of interest to our members. Stay tuned for
more information in the coming months!
Competency-based Medical Education (CBME)
CBME is coming – and the Education Committee is looking
to inform and educate CRA members about how to implement
it into rheumatology training programs.
Curate, Create and Collaborate
The HR Committee has established a work plan for 2018 -
2020 which follows a framework of “Curate, Create and Collaborate.”
Some of their initiatives include a scoping review
of workforce-related research, launching a 2020 Stand Up
and Be Counted survey, and exploring interprofessional
collaboration opportunities, to name a few.
One of the Guidelines Committee’s priorities is to support
active groups in the completion of Rheumatoid Arthritis
(RA) guidelines and the development of Spondyloarthritis
(SpA) guidelines. The Quality Care Committee will also be
working with the Guidelines Committee to ensure equity
considerations are integrated into the RA and SpA guidelines.
Upcoming Position Statements
The Therapeutics Committee is looking to develop and
communicate a position statement on stem-cell therapy, as
well as disseminate the Biosimilars Position Statement to
membership and industry partners.
All CRA operational committees are hard at work on their
respective work plans for 2019; the above-noted activities
highlight only a few of these initiatives. For more information
and updates, please visit the News & Updates section
on the CRA website at www.rheum.ca.
Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA)