Webcast CME

Medical Dermatology Therapy Online Series

Rheum/Derm Overlap Diseases- Immunologic Responses

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Release Date: July 20, 2022
Expiration Date: July 20, 2024

Estimated Time of Completion:   1 hour


Participate in this CME-certified, on demand online education for a unique opportunity to update your knowledge and understanding of both traditional and new therapeutic strategies for a range of critically important medical dermatologic conditions, including rheumatology-dermatology overlap diseases, medical dermatologic diseases, psoriatic disease, and the interprofessional approach to patients on biologics.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe recommendations and best practices for immunizing patients with immune mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDS) against: Influenza, Pneumococcal pneumoniae, herpes zoster, SARS-CoV-2
  2. Explore the impact of immunosuppression on vaccine responses
  3. Review the literature on adjunctive therapies in rheumatologic-dermatologic diseases 
  4. Discuss clinical scenarios where adjunctive therapies could be considered
  5. Assess safety concerns for combination therapy

Target Audience

This course is designed for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, advanced practice clinicians, physician assistants, residents, fellows and allied health professionals in dermatology, immunology, oncology, rheumatology, internal medicine, family medicine, and general practice.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education. Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians / American Medical Association (AMA)
Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Participants claiming CME credit from this activity may submit the credit hours to the American Osteopathic Association for Category 2 credit.

Nurses / American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 ANCC contact hours.

Physician Assistants / American Academy of PAs (AAPA)
Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Certificate of Participation

A certificate of participation will be provided to other health care professionals for requesting credits in accordance with their professional boards and/or associations.

American Board of Internal Medicine (MOC)

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.0 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Activity Director and Faculty

Activity Director

Anthony P. Fernandez, MD, PhD
Director of Medical Dermatology
W.D. Steck Chair of Clinical Dermatology
Departments of Dermatology and Pathology
Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH


Cassandra Calabrese, DO
Department of Rheumatic and
Immunologic Disease
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Samantha Polly, MD
Department of Dermatology
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

CME Disclaimer

The information in this educational activity is provided for general medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient's medical condition. The viewpoints expressed in this CME activity are those of the authors/faculty. They do not represent an endorsement by The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. In no event will The Cleveland Clinic Foundation be liable for any decision made or action taken in reliance upon the information provided through this CME activity.


In accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education mitigates all relevant conflicts of interest to ensure CME activities are free of commercial bias.

The following faculty have indicated that they may have a relationship, which in the context of their presentation(s), could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest:

Cassandra Calabrese, DO
Abbvie Pharmaceuticals Consulting
Sarofi-Regererun Consulting
Teaching and Speaking

Anthony P Fernandez, MD
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
UCB, Inc.
Corbus Pharmaceuticals
Pfizer, Inc.
Research / Independent Contractor
Mallinckrodt Inc.
Research / Independent Contractor
Teaching and Speaking
Abbvie Pharmaceuticals Consulting
Research / Independent Contractor
Advisor or review panel participant
Teaching and Speaking
Kyowa Kirin
Teaching and Speaking

The following faculty has indicated she has no relationship which, in the context of her presentation(s), could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest:

Samantha Polly, MD


The Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education
acknowledges educational grants for partial support of this activity from:

Amgen, Inc.
Janssen Scientific Affairs
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

This CME activity was produced by the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education and Cleveland Clinic Department of Dermatology.