Equity in Rheumatology Care


Welcome to Equity in Rheumatology Care!

This online, self-paced, dual-language CME program has been co-developed by the Canadian Rheumatology Association in partnership with rheumatology researchers, arthritis patient research partners, and the University of Calgary CME&PD.

The course is offered through the University of Calgary.  Initially, this course will be exclusive to members of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA), and Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) members to offer content knowledge on RA challenges for populations facing inequities.  Following a period of 18 months this course will become open access to the public.

The course will present information on the approaches rheumatology care providers should consider in the individual patient interactions, in health service design, and as advocates for change in health policy to support equitable care. The uptake and impact of this program will serve as indicators of increasing provider awareness.


After completing this course, you will be enabled to:

  • Describe the inequities in rheumatology care in Canada
  • Apply effective practice models for treatment recommendation implementation at the patient, health services and health policy levels
  • Self-evaluate practice through evidence-based reflection activities

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) members, Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) members, Rheumatology care providers across Canada, Arthritis patient organizations

  • It is not recommended to access the online module on smartphones at this point as your learning experience might be compromised.
  • Make sure performing all the interactive activities required in each topic, e.g. ‘click to …’ or quiz questions.
  • “MARK COMPLETE”: When you go through the module the first time, you will notice the “MARK COMPLETE” button in the pages. Make sure clicking on it when you reach the bottom of a page. Please note it won’t allow you to move to the next lesson before you complete all the topics in a lesson. After you complete the whole module, the “MARK COMPLETE” will not be there anymore when you revisit the content.
  • ‘TAKE NOTES’: To make notes for your own use, click on ‘TAKE NOTES’ at the upper right corner of your screen to open the notes field. All the course notes you have made can be found in a full list in the page of ‘My Courses’.
  • ‘RESUME LEARNING”: For the convenience of self-paced learning, you may exit at any point in the course and come back later. When you log into the e-learning portal again, click on ‘RESUME LEARNING’, and you will be redirected to where you left last time.
  • Certificate of Completion / CME Certificate: Once you have completed all parts of the course, you will find the ‘Print Your Certificate’ button available at the top of this page. You may choose to print it or download it as PDF document.
  • Return to this module overview page: When you are in the module, you may come back to this page by clicking on the module title at the bottom of the COURSE NAVIGATION widget, following ‘Return to’ in orange color.
This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development. Participants may claim a maximum of 5.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Material presented are in compliance with the University of Calgary Copyright Policy, Acceptable Use of Material Protected by Copyright.

Course materials are for individual use only and not to be distributed.

  • This course was co-developed by rheumatology researchers, arthritis patient research partners, and the University of Calgary CME&PD
  • This course has received no commercial sponsorship support.
  • This program is part of a larger offering by the CRA supported by an unrestricted education grant from Pfizer Canada
  • Portions of these modules were funded through an Outcomes in Rheumatology cAre (CIORA) grant

Faculty/PC disclosure

Faculty/ PCCredentialsDisclosureAffiliation

Dr. Cheryl Barnabe (Chair)


Fresenius Kabi; Janssen; Pfizer- Honoraria for speaking engagements

CIHR, Canadian Rheumatology Association – peer reviewed grants

Professor, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary; Canada Research Chair, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases; Arthur J.E. Child Chair in Rheumatology Research; Rheumatologist, Alberta Health Services

Cheryl Koehn


Event speaker / research partner – University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health, Arthritis Society Canada, Arthritis Research Canada

research team member, non-financial relationship – Pfizer Global

President, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE); Patient Research Partner

Diane LacailleMDCM, MHSc, FRCPCNothing to Declare

Scientific Director and Senior Scientist, Arthritis Research Canada (ARC)

Professor, University of British Columbia

Glen Hazlewood

MD, PhD, FRCPCNothing to Declare

Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Rheumatologist, AHS

Tessa KleissenRNBN, CCRPCanadian Rheumatology Association (CRA)- Compensation for coordination and technical support of Indigenous Health Education workshops

Research Program Coordinator, Cumming School of Medicine, Rheumatology, University of Calgary

Utkarsh Subnis (CME&PD Representative)

PhD, MBBSHonoraria: HAnalytics Solutions Inc., Fresh Squeezed Ideas Inc.

Education Consultant, Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Kiyana Madani (CME&PD Representative)

BScNothing to Declare

Education Coordinator, Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Cheryl Barnabe MD, MSc, FRCPC (Chair)

Cheryl Koehn

Diane Lacaille MDCM, MHSc, FRCPC

Glen Hazlewood MD, PhD, FRCPC

Tessa Kleissen RNBN, CCRP

Utkarsh Subnis PhD, MBBS (CME Representative)

Kiyana Madani BSc (CME Representative)

This program is part of a larger offering by the CRA supported by an unrestricted education grant from Pfizer Canada and builds on the work previously supported by CIORA. An independent CRA Scientific Planning Committee was responsible for the scientific integrity, objectivity, and balance of this content.  

Thank you to the CRA Healthcare Inequities Planning Committee members, Drs. Nicole Johnson (Chair), Dianne Mosher, Herman Tam, Manisha Mulgund, Natasha Gakhal, and Raphael Kraus. The planning committee is also producing a series of webinars to supplement this offering.  

Thank you to the participants that contributed their time for the interview and patient research partners.

Thank you to David Oulton for taking part in the video presentations.  

For any tech issue you have in this course, please email ecme@ucalgary.ca.

For questions regarding the content, rheumatology or health information provided, please email arthritis@ucalgary.ca.