Rheumatology Curriculum Outline Aims to Train and Integrate NPs and PAs

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) has created a rheumatology curriculum outline that can be used to create more efficient integration of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) into rheumatology practice, according to a study published in <i>Arthritis Care &amp; Research</i>.

The task force consisted of private practice and academic rheumatologists and was led by Benjamin J. Smith from the Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee. The researchers created a rheumatology curriculum outline (RCO) to provide a structured and comprehensive educational approach for the NP/PA and the supervising/collaborating physician mentor as the NP/PA enters a rheumatology practice. The task force created the RCO in a stepwise approach as follows: 1) conducted a needs assessment through a literature search and survey of NPs/PAs; 2) evaluated data obtained from literature search and survey; 3) collaborated in development of the RCO; and 4) obtained valued stakeholder feedback.