ARHP announcements

ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting

November 4–9, 2011, Chicago

Volunteer with the ARHP

ARHP is the premier professional organization for rheumatology health professionals primarily because of the talent and energy of its volunteers. ARHP needs both new and experienced volunteers to continue its mission, meet new challenges, and grow as an organization. Each ARHP member brings unique talents, abilities, and expertise to our organization and we need your participation. Volunteer opportunities are available to all ARHP members, including international and associate members. Volunteering with the ARHP can broaden your horizons and help you develop new skills that could be beneficial to your career. For more information and to complete a volunteer application, visit or contact the ARHP at

Nominate a Health Professional for an ARHP Merit Award

ARHP is now accepting nominations for the Addie ThomasService Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Distinguished Scholar Award, Master Clinician Award, Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award, and the Master Educator Award. The ARHP Membership and Nominations staff will contact your nominee with details on how to complete their award portfolio. Recipients receive honoraria up to $5,000. The ARHP Merit Awards are announced every year during the Annual Scientific Meeting. The nominations deadline is April 1, 2011. For more information on these award opportunities and to apply, visit or contact the ARHP at

Pay Your 2011 ARHP Membership Dues Online

The Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, adivision of the American College of Rheumatology, appreciates your continued membership, and looks forward to serving you again in 2011. To renew your membership, go to, and select “Membership.” Be sure to confirm your online “my profile” contact information. This information will be included in the 2012 ACR/ARHP Membership Directory.

Advanced Rheumatology Course

Join the 280 fellow rheumatology health professionals whohave taken advantage of the online Advanced Rheumatology Course. The Advanced Rheumatology Course, formerly known as the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Postgraduate Rheumatology Training Program, is a comprehensive rheumatology training program for physicians, fellows-intraining, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other clinicians interested in rheumatology. The online course contains 19 modules organized into 3 tracks (adult, pediatric, and combined). Each module includes learning objectives, challenge questions, audio lecture presentation, references, and an assessment. Graduates who complete all module assessments within their registered track receive a certificate of completion and CME credit. Member discounts are available for ARHP members. For information on joining ARHP or registering for the course, visit

Apply for the ARHP Graduate Student Recognition Award

The Graduate Student Recognition Award was created toencourage the interest of non-physician graduate students who have not yet achieved a terminal degree in the field of rheumatology. This award recognizes creative research or clinical project efforts that merge theory and clinical practice in assessing and/or improving the lives of patients with rheumatic diseases. ARHP or ACR members can facilitate graduate students in health-related areas (including, but not limited to behavioral medicine, bio-engineering, epidemiology, health services, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, psychology, physical therapy, and social work), by mentoring them in the submission of an application for this award. Application deadline is June 1, 2011. To apply please visit or contact the ARHP staff at