RA Tutor: Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis Made Easy

Patient with rheumatoid arthritis and swelling of the joints.

Identifying rheumatoid arthritis early can be difficult. In general practice, there is often a lack of experience with the inflammatory rheumatic autoimmune disease. A reason for this might be that specialist training in the field of rheumatology is not exactly the first choice for medical students. Yet, prompt treatment is important for good medical care for those affected. Ideally, this will bring the disease to a standstill or at least slow down the progression of the disease. Thus, it is all the more important to win over medical specialists for the topic of rheumatism.

Get More Students Excited About Choosing Rheumatology as Specialty

In Germany, the German Society for Rheumatology (DGRh) started the rheuma2025.de campaign to win over students’ ❤️ and 🧠 for the discipline — not only on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, but also in real life. Young doctors with diagnostic intuition who think outside the box of their discipline and always keep a cool head and a warm heart when dealing with patients are especially in demand.

Some of them were recently present at the 50th German Rheumatology Congress. From August 31st to September 3rd, Kay G. Hermann from the BerlinCaseViewer team was also to be found at a stand in the Estrel Congress Center on Sonnenallee in Berlin. With our new sponsor AbbVie on board, we were able to make a fresh app addition here at BCV.

Gerd-Rüdiger Burmester, Anne-Marie Glimm and Kay-Geert Hermann presenting the app in Berlin.

The little sister of the BerlinCaseViewer goes by the name ”RA Tutor” and sees itself as an entry-level training tool for everyone who is still breaking new ground in the field of rheumatology. The editorial team, including Anne-Marie Glimm and Gerd R. Burmester with their rheumatology expertise, radiologist Kay G. Hermann and freelance editor Eva Reidemeister, has been putting their heads together over the last few months.

The aim was to provide easy-to-understand, practical content to make rheumatoid arthritis more interesting for students, physician assistants, radiographers, lab technologists, and doctors. Just in time for the DGRh Congress, we were able to present a new learning app (in 🇩🇪) for people interested in learning more about this complex topic.

The Free Learning App to Understand Rheumatoid Arthritis

The app will help you navigate towards the diagnosis. Selected X-ray and MRT images invite you to interpret the findings — with colored overlays, as you may already know them from the BerlinCaseViewer app, indicating the crucial phenomena in imaging diagnostics.

Short but well-founded chapters summarize the most important information about anamnesis, clinical findings, and relevant lab tests of rheumatoid arthritis. Of course, we have also planned to go into the pathogenesis of the disease and will provide information on therapy.

You can easily check whether you have understood everything with our multiple-choice questions — whenever and wherever you want. You can use our learning app at home or on the go with your iPhone, iPad or Mac — and it’s free.

Oh, and one more thing: RA Tutor is a German-only app available to users in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Right now, the app is only available for Apple devices. But we are planning to create an Android version with our partners over the next few months as well, so that even more people can learn with our app.

RA Tutor Keeps Growing – Stay Tuned

The introduction at the DGRh Congress was only the first step. Just as there are regularly new modules for the BerlinCaseViewer app, the RA Tutor app will also continue to grow. We’re adding chapters step by step, so you can keep discovering new things. With our automatic updates, you always get the latest version.

Download RA Tutor now on the App Store and let us know how you like the app. Don’t speak German? Would you be interested in an app-based tutor on rheumatoid arthritis in English? Let us know on Instagram, leave a comment and a ❤️!

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