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Approach to Rheumatology for Primary Care Physicians

March 25

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3.26.2020 PowerPoint

Approach to Rheumatology for Primary Care Physicians

Presented By: Natali Balog, MD

Beacon Medical Group, Rheumatology

Learning Objectives: 

  • Recognizing common rheumatologic conditions and approach to treatment in primary care practice.
  • Discuss clues to recognizing there might be an underlying connective tissue disease.
  • Initiating the work-up


Dr. Balog loves a good mystery. That’s the reason her specialty fits her personality so well. While there are certain signs, symptoms and lab results that may lead her to a specific diagnosis, there are more than one hundred rheumatic disorders. She doesn’t treat the lab report, either; she treats the patient. “Like any good detective, it’s about putting together all the clues, including family history and other ailments, to arrive at a diagnosis. Only then can you determine the appropriate course of treatment,” said Dr. Balog, who was born and raised in South Bend. “The detective work makes every day interesting. You have to enjoy your work to go do it every day. That, and I’ve always known I wanted to be a physician.”


Accreditation Statement: The Beacon Health System is accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: Beacon Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure: Physician(s) and all planners associated with this activity do not have any potential conflict of interest.

Disclosure Statement: As a CME provider accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association, Beacon Health System must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all sponsored educational programs. All faculty participating in these programs must complete a disclosure statement indicating any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of the continuing education program. This pertains to relationships with pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufactures, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic.

Commercial Support: No commercial support was used in planning or implementation of the CME activity.

On Demand Details: Recordings are available for credit until 2/18/2021

Questions may be directed to Jenai White at 574.647.7691 or


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