With variable presentations and a chronic relapsing-remitting course of disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) poses unique challenges to clinicians. In this session, a primary care physician and rheumatologist will collaborate to unmask the disease known as the great imitator and provide you with tools for improving your SLE diagnosis and management. Through live patient-clinician interaction, the faculty will demonstrate how to communicate with patients suffering from SLE. At the end of this session, you will be able to assess patients with symptoms of lupus, diagnose SLE per published criteria, and partner efficiently with rheumatologists to treat and monitor your patients with this complex disease.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the pathophysiology of SLE and recognize how it informs management
  • Identify criteria for diagnosis and assessment of SLE
  • Review traditional and emerging management of SLE including flare recognition, prevention, and treatment
  • Monitor and manage SLE disease activity, complications, and comorbidities
  • Overcome communication barriers to improve adherence and health outcomes in SLE


Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP

Clinical Professor
UC Irvine Medical Center
Kushner Wellness
Orange, CA 

Cianna Leatherwood, MD, MPH

Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, CA 


The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty: 

Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP

Advisory Board and Speaker's Bureau for AstraZeneca and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (endocrinology, anticoagulation). Consultant for AstraZeneca and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (endocrinology, anticoagulation). 

Cianna Leatherwood, MD, MPH

No financial relationships disclosed. 


Non-faculty contributors involved in the planning, development, editing, and review of the content have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 

CME/CE Information

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Accreditation Statement

pmiCME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

pmiCME designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Accreditation Statement

pmiCME is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider Number 040308.

Designation Statement

This program has been approved for 1.00 contact hour of continuing education, which includes 0.27 hour of pharmacology.

Instructions for Obtaining Credit

Once you have completed the activity, please click the “next” button to advance to the post-activity assessment. To complete this activity and claim credit, you must answer 2 out of the 3 questions correctly. If you are not successful after your first attempt, you will be given an opportunity to reflect upon the answer rationales and have the opportunity to review the educational content before proceeding. Once you have selected your answers, click the “submit” button to complete the evaluation questions and proceed to the claim credit screen.

MOC Credit Information

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1.00 Medical Knowledge & Patient Safety MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. 

Commercial Supporter


Education Partner


Fine Print

Internet Explorer (version 9.0 and above) is the minimum supported browser for Pri-Med Online eCME activities. Your Internet settings should be set to accept cookies and JavaScript. If cookies and/or JavaScript are disabled, the site may not function properly. A high-speed Internet connection (DSL, cable modem, or LAN-based) is not required; however, it is recommended for faster download times.

The opinions, ideas, and recommendations expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty only and are not necessarily endorsed by, nor do they necessarily reflect, those of their affiliated institutions, Pri-Med Institute, Pri-Med Institute Advisory Boards and Consultants, DBC Pri-Med, LLC.

Clinical judgment must guide each clinician in weighing the possible risks, benefits, or contraindications of any diagnostics, interventions or treatments discussed. Clinicians should review manufacturers’ product information and consider these with the recommendations of other authorities when applying the assessment and/or clinical management strategies discussed in this activity to the care of their patients.

Pri-Med Institute educational activities are developed and conducted in accordance with the ACCME's Essential Areas and Policies. It is the mission of Pri-Med Institute to develop and present educational activities that are timely, fair-balanced, scientifically rigorous, and that serve to improve patient outcomes. To that end, we welcome your comments about how to better serve your needs.