Around the Rheum is the official podcast of the Canadian Rheumatology Association. Our goal is to share a Canadian perspective within the world of rheumatology through stories, in-depth subject matter features, clinical advice, interviews and more.

In case you missed out, catch up the latest episodes below!

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Episode 20 – Virtual Care Has Gone Viral

March 25, 2022

In this special Virtual Care episode of Around the Rheum, host Daniel Ennis is joined by Brent Ohata and Tommy Gerschman, two of the leading advocates for telehealth in Rheumatology. They discuss the pre-COVID-19 use of virtual care, how rheumatologists made the quick pivot to virtual care when the pandemic hit, why video is better than phone, why virtual care is a good fit for patients and doctors in many instances, and what its limitations are and why it isn’t going away anytime soon!

Episode 19 – Ask the Expert with Janet Pope – Scleroderma Part 2

February 18, 2022

In this follow-up to the last episode on diagnosing and investigating scleroderma with veteran Rheumatologist Dr. Janet Pope, Daniel and Janet discuss her pearls on scleroderma management.

Episode 18 – Ask the Expert with Janet Pope – Scleroderma Part 1

January 28, 2022

In this latest fascinating and informative episode of Ask the Expert with veteran Rheumatologist Dr. Janet Pope, Daniel and Janet dive into the first of a two-parts series on scleroderma, focusing here on diagnosis and investigations.

Episode 17 – Indigenous Health Part 2 with Dr Lindsay Crowshoe

December 17, 2021

In this second part of our special series on Indigenous Health in Canada, we are joined by Dr. Lindsay Crowshoe, a primary care physician in Calgary and a member of the Piikani First Nation. He and guest host, UBC Rheumatologist Dr. Raheem Kherani, discuss ways doctors can make their practices more welcoming to Indigenous patients, the importance of understanding the impacts of colonization on Indigenous people, and why the healthcare system is often not seen as a place of healing for them. They also discuss the impacts of Residential Schools and systemic racism and respectful ways to approach conversations about those impacts with survivors.

Episode 16 – Ask the Expert with Dr Janet Pope: Lupus

November 12, 2021

In this latest installment of Around the Rheum’s “Ask the Expert” segment, Dr. Janet Pope takes questions from host Dr. Daniel Ennis and you, our listeners, on the diagnosis and treatment of Lupus. Topics include: what constitutes a lupus-related rash, when do oral and nasal ulcers matter, differentiating between pathologic and normal hair loss, hydroxychloroquine and the risk of long QT syndrome, low dose steroids, and more! Thanks to Dr. Juan Antonio Aviña-Zubieta, Lupologist and Associate Prof at UBC for sending in a question for this week’s episode.

Episode 15 – Les comorbidités dans la polyarthrite rhumatoïde : une préoccupation croissante chez les rhumatologues

October 8, 2021

Dans ce premier épisode en français du balado Autour de la rhumato, notre animateur, le Dr Allard-Chamard aborde avec le Dr Louis Bessette de l’Université Laval la question des comorbidités dans l’arthrite rhumatoïde. Cette discussion pratique vise à bien contextualiser la problématique des comorbidités et à explorer comment le rhumatologue peut être partie prenante de la prise en charge et de la surveillance de cet enjeu croissant au sein de la population.

Episode 14 – Ask the Expert with Dr Janet Pope: Early Arthritis

August 20, 2021

In this next installment of Around the Rheum’s new “Ask the Expert” segment, Dr. Janet Pope takes questions from host Dr. Daniel Ennis and from our listeners on the diagnosis and treatment of Early Arthritis. Thanks to Dr. Andrea Johnson, University of Alberta Rheumatology Resident, for sending in questions for this week’s Episode.

Episode 13 – Indigenous Health with Dr. Cheryl Barnabe

July 23, 2021

In this Indigenous Health episode of “Around the Rheum,” our host Dr Daniel Ennis hands the mics to colleagues Dr. Brent Ohata of UBC and Dr. Cheryl Barnabe of the University of Calgary. In this smart, thoughtful conversation, Brent and Cheryl talk about Cheryl’s experiences working in and with Indigenous communities, how she has learned to adapt how she practices to achieve better outcomes, the importance of outreach to Indigenous patients, the ongoing impact of systemic racism in health care and ways to overcome that, and her approaches to win the trust of Indigenous patients.

Episode 12 – Ask the Expert with Dr Janet Pope: Raynaud’s

June 18, 2021

Dr. Janet Pope returns! In this second episode of Around the Rheum’s new “Ask the Expert” segment, Dr. Janet Pope, one of Canada’s most eminent rheumatologists takes questions from host Dr. Daniel Ennis and from you, our listeners. This episode’s topic is Raynaud’s. In Daniel’s words: “The more Raynaud’s I see, the more questions I have about Raynaud’s. And the more I read about it, the more I wonder if I am over- or under-diagnosing it.”

Thanks to those who sent in questions for this episode: University of Alberta Rheumatology Residents Dr. Greg Koller, Dr Shahna Tariq, and Dr. Jenny Hong.

Episode 11 – Ask the Expert with Dr Janet Pope: Methotrexate

May 14, 2021

On this first episode of our new Around the Rheum segment, “Ask the Expert,” we are thrilled to be joined by one of Canada’s most eminent clinicians, teachers, and researchers: Dr. Janet Pope. In this fascinating discussion, Dr. Pope takes questions from our host Dr. Daniel Ennis and from you, our listeners, about one of the most basic tools in our rheumatology arsenal: methotrexate. Thanks to those who sent in questions for this episode: Dr. Drew Bowie, Rheumatology Fellow at the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Mohan Stewart, Rheumatology Resident at UBC.

Episode 10 – Cassie & Friends: The Patient Experience During the Pandemic

April 16, 2021

In this latest installment of Around the Rheum’s “Ask the Expert” segment, Dr. Janet Pope takes questions from host Dr. Daniel Ennis and you, our listeners, on the diagnosis and treatment of Lupus.

Topics include: what constitutes a lupus-related rash, when do oral and nasal ulcers matter, differentiating between pathologic and normal hair loss, hydroxychloroquine and the risk of long QT syndrome, low dose steroids, and more!

Thanks to Dr. Juan Antonio Aviña-Zubieta, Lupologist and Associate Prof at UBC for sending in a question for this week’s episode.

Episode 9: Head of the Rheum – A Chat with the CEO about the CRA’s role in the COVID-19 response

March 19, 2021

In this episode of ‘Around the Rheum,’ host Daniel Ennis chats with the CEO of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA), Ahmad Zbib, about the role our organization has played so far in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. From developing CRA position statements to pivoting our Annual Scientific Meeting to a virtual platform to supporting our members through the transition, the CRA has been there every step of the way.

Episode 8: A Chat with Ron and Ross – Two Pediatric Rheumatology Legends

December 11, 2020

In this episode of ‘Around the Rheum,’ host Daniel Ennis chats with Canada’s own Dr. Ron Laxer and Dr. Ross Petty, two of the world’s most distinguished experts in pediatric rheumatology. Ron and Ross reflect on their careers, lessons learned and taught, how much has changed over time in their profession, and what the future may hold.

Episode 7: The Ultrasound Rheum: Diagnosis and Management of Large Vessel Vasculitis

November 10, 2020

In this episode of ‘Around the Rheum’, host Daniel Ennis is joined by Dr. Mohammad Bardi and Dr. Jean-Paul Makhzhoum to discuss the importance of ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of large vessel vasculitis, advancements that have been made in recent years, and the best ways to successfully assess and apply what is learned from the ultrasound scans.

Episode 6: Changing Rheums – Rheumatology Training and COVID-19

October 16, 2020

In this special “Around the Rheum” series, UBC’s Dr Daniel Ennis explores the many ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our colleagues and patients across the country. He is joined by two Rheumatology Fellows, Dr. Azin Ahrari and Dr. Peter van Stolk, to learn about the impact of the virus on their training.

Episode 5: Let Us Take You to CanRIO – The Canadian Research Group of Rheumatology in Immuno-Oncology

September 11, 2020

A new class of medications, Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors, have revolutionized the treatment of various forms of cancer by harnessing the immune system fight to these diseases. Unfortunately, these powerful drugs are sometimes associated with the development of autoimmune toxicities, otherwise known as immune-related adverse events (irAE). Enter rheumatology! Join Daniel Ennis as he talks with two of the founding members of the Canadian Research Group of Rheumatology in Immuno-Oncology (CanRIO), Dr. Carrie Ye and Dr. Shahin Jamal, about this expanding area of rheumatology practice and research.

Episode 4: Rheum on the Wards – Two Rheumatologists’ Experiences Working on the COVID-19 Wards in Montreal, QC.

August 13, 2020

In this episode, we talk to two Rheumatologists in Montreal, the epicenter of the pandemic in Canada. Listen in on a discussion about their experiences as they set aside their practices to help on the COVID-19 wards of the Jewish General Hospital. Join our host, Dr. Daniel Ennis, as we unpack this subject within the context of the current pandemic. Note: This episode was originally recorded on 6/9/2020, prior to more extensive research on plaquenil being available.

Episode 3: PIMS and the Paediatric COVID-19 Experience

June 12, 2020

On May 6, 2020, The Lancet published a case series of 8 paediatric patients with a hyperinflammatory shock syndrome. Since then, similar cases have been documented throughout Europe, the United States, and now in Canada. In this episode, Dr. Marie-Paule Morin guides us through the evolving literature around a new clinical entity: Paediatric inflammatory multi-system syndrome (PIMS). Dr. Morin works in Montreal, QC, a Canadian hotspot for COVID-19, and has first-hand experience working with children suspected of having PIMS.  Join our host, Dr. Daniel Ennis, as we unpack this subject within the context of the current pandemic.

Episode 2: Academic or Community

May 29, 2020

In this episode, our host Dr. Daniel Ennis is joined by Dr. Michelle Teo and Dr. Janet Pope in a discussion about the merits as well as the pitfalls of the two main streams in rheumatology, community or academic. Our guests offer their expert perspectives on a career choice that many young rheumatologists and trainees can find extremely challenging.

Episode 1: Medical Cannabis

Januray 28, 2020

Welcome to Around the Rheum! In our inaugural episode, we interview Dr. Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, the lead author of the Canadian Rheumatology Association’s position statement on Medical Cannabis (published in 2019). Join our host, Dr. Daniel Ennis, as we unpack this position statement and dive into the future of Medical Cannabis from a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Trailer: Welcome to Around the Rheum

January 22, 2020

Welcome to Around the Rheum, a brand new podcast from the Canadian Rheumatology Association, where we discuss the biggest issues facing Canadian rheumatologists and talk to the leading experts in the field. Welcome to the conversation!

Around THE Rheum is produced by the CRA Communications Committee. A special thank you to the podcast team, Dr. Dax G. Rumsey (CRA Communications Committee Chair), Dr. Daniel Ennis (Host), David McGuffin (Producer) and Kevin Baijnauth (CRA) for leading production.

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