Launch of the SMART community

On behalf of the scientific committee comprised of Drs. Claire Bombardier, Louis Bessette, Jean-Pierre Raynauld and Trudy Taylor, we’re delighted to announce the launch of a new initiative called the Statistics & Methodology Applied Rheumatology Training (SMART) community.

SMART is conceived as a learning community advancing the understanding of statistics and methodology as applied to Rheumatology training by fostering open scientific discussions in this specific discipline through online forums, webinars, micro-learning modules & other enduring learning materials. The intent is for members with an interest in this discipline to sustain an ongoing connection and, anchored in scientific discovery and expert insight, share clinical findings and professional perspectives to advance understanding in this field. It is our hope that enhanced communication and collaboration through this virtual community of experts will yield peer-to-peer discussions that will advance the highest level of care for patients with rheumatological conditions in Canada.

LegitiMed will be managing this community residing on Sosido ( Learning will be structured and unstructured with specific objectives related to current & imminent topics in this field.

Some details about your participation:

> Sosido will set up your account, monitor your publications, and alert you when a new publication you’ve authored will be featured in the SMART community;

> You will receive a weekly email digest with a summary of all new research from members of the SMART community, as well as abstracts from relevant journals;

> You will also have access to a private online discussion forum if you wish to reach out to others in the SMART community to ask or answer questions;

> We understand that your level of participation will be determined by your level of interest. As such, if you find that the network is not useful to you or you do not want your research to be featured, you can unsubscribe at any time.

If you are interested in participating in SMART, please contact

We thank AbbVie Canada for their financial support of this initiative.