The EULAR On-Line Course on Rheumatic Diseases is an electronic form of continuous medical education in rheumatology. The course is managed by a scientific course committee responsible for controlling the structure and content of the course and for ensuring regular quality control and advancement.
The full version of the course covers the entire field of rheumatology and consists of 42 illustrated modules, each one covering a specific topic. Each module corresponds to approximately eight hours of study for the student, totalling around 336 hours of educational training. The course operates through the web for the duration of up to two years with a possible extension of one year. It will finish with an on-line exam and upon passing, with a EULAR certificate.
Knowledge and skills are targeted to suit a level of knowledge appropriate for the final years of training as a rheumatologist.
Each on-line module deals with one particular topic. A module typically contains:
A set of clear learning outcomes
A written update/review on the topic containing free to be used pictures / figures / tables.
Key references and a list of additional readings on specific details.
Two in-depth discussions expanding on relevant clinical problems with an evidence-based discussion.
Two interactive typical clinical cases with appropriate multiple-choice questions and immediate feedback.
An assessment section consisting of two sets of questions addressing core aspects of the module. For all clinical modules, the majority of questions will be case-based. Feedback on the reasoning behind the answer will be made available.
An opportunity to ask questions to the professor during the two weeks the module is running.
Copyright will be held by EULAR. All educational materials will be considered free to use by the subsequent author groups in each module.