Previous PACO Mini-Workshops

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  • March 12, 2008 "Drawing on your Inner Resources: A positive Approach to Managing RA"- Presented by Nancy Sowell, MSW, LICSW. 

What participants said about the seminar:

  • This was an informative and empowering seminar, very exciting.”
  • “The Relaxation took out the kink that had been in my shoulders all day.”
  • “Please do more of these sessions. I enjoyed being in a room full of people who felt the same way.”

Click here to learn more about Nancy Sowell

  • December 3, 2007 –"Starting and maintaining an exercise program for the person with RA" – Presented by Dr. Dan Rooks. 

What participants said about the presentation:

  • Very informative.
  • Strength training—information I did not know
  • Consistent exercise is most important to well being

  • “Open lecture” with questions answered during talk

Click here to learn more about Dr. Dan Rooks


  • June 4, 2007 “A discussion of Major Drug Therapies” attended by over 120 patients, friends and family, and members of the BWH community – Presented by Dr. Michael Weinblatt and Dr. Nancy Shadick

On June 4, 2007, PACO hosted its first mini-workshop presentation and discussion for more than 120 attendees – rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, friends and family members, and members of the BWH community. The featured speakers were BWH rheumatologists and PACO Principal Investigators Dr. Nancy Shadick who moderated the evening, and Dr. Michael Weinblatt, who gave the evening’s keynote presentation. The topic “A Discussion of Major Drug Therapies” was selected based on expressed interest from patients. Dr. Weinblatt reviewed the past, present, and future of RA therapy, beginning with early research efforts like gold therapy and sulfasalazine and culminating in discussion of ongoing trials of TNFalpha inhibitors. He also discussed related risks such as heart disease and shortened lifespan; cost, availability, and effectiveness of drugs; and lifestyle issues such as pain and fatigue. .At the evening’s end, both rheumatologists answered questions from the audience Following the Q&A session, the participants were invited to stay and converse with others at their tables, and completed a survey to indicate topics for future workshop. Comments from attendees included: "There was a high level of detail on all aspects of the disease. Much more detail than is available in a typical doctor’s visit." "Loved it! Great information and talking with other people with RA." "It was very uplifting to be at this event and know you are part of a larger team working together."

  • Click here to view video segments from Dr. Shadick and Dr. Weinblatt’s presentation on "Major Drug Therapies."

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