ARHP announcements

ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting

 November 9–14, 2012, Washington, DC

ARHP Graduate Student Award

If you work in the field of rheumatology, you know the importance of mentoring students who show interest in the field. With the many specialty options presented to healthcare students, it is of vital importance to open the door to rheumatology. The ARHP Graduate Student Award opens this door by encouraging the interest of non-physician graduate students in the field of rheumatology. This award enables members of the ARHP to facilitate graduate students in health-related areas who have not yet achieved a terminal degree (including, but not limited to, behavioral medicine, bioengineering, 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.

We invite graduate students who are planning research or a clinical project with relevance to the field of rheumatology to confer with their mentor and submit their proposal to the ARHP. The two top-rated proposals based on scientific merit, rigor, and potential significance to the field will be eligible for a $500 award in the form of a check, free registration to the 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington, DC, and free membership for one year, or if you are already a member we will extend the expiration date one year. Students do not have to be ARHP members.

The appliction deadline is June 2, 2012. For more information visit

Renew Your ARHP Membership

The Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, a division of the American College of Rheumatology, appreciates your continued membership, and looks forward to serving you again in 2012. To renew your membership, go to, and select “Membership.” Be sure to confirm your online “my profile” contact information.

Advanced Rheumatology Course

The Advanced Rheumatology Course is a comprehensive rheumatology training program for physicians, fellows-in-training, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other clinicians looking to build an in-depth clinical knowledge of rheumatology. The online course contains 19 modules organized into 3 tracks (adult, pediatric, and combined).

Various purchase options are now available. Prices for individual modules range from $100 to $150 and complete tracks are available for $700 to $1,100. Group discounts are available for 3 or more participants from the same university, institution, facility, or office registering at the same time. Consider including Module 5 - Documentation, Coding, and Practice Issues in a group training session and learn about the benefits of including a nurse practitioner or physician assistant to a practice and strategies to facilitate successful practice relationships. For additional information call 404-633-3777 (ext. 808) or visit and select Professional Meetings and Courses.

Volunteers Needed for From the Field Speakers Bureau

If you are passionate about the ACR Research and Education Foundation's mission to advance research and training to improve the health of people with rheumatic disease, we want you to share your story.

As part of the Journey to Cure campaign, the REF is recruiting rheumatologists, investigators, and health professionals to join the From the Field Speakers Bureau. Our From the Field volunteers will gather in select cities to help share advances in research, treatment, and care with individuals and families impacted by rheumatoid arthritis.

As a From the Field member, you help:

  • Provide patients and patient families struggling with RA the opportunity to learn cutting edge information that might ultimately impact treatment and care

  • Communicate hope for progress

  • Directly impact the Journey to Cure campaign, leading to increased funding opportunities for future research

For more information and to join please contact Alexa Newlin at (404) 633-3777 or

ACR Journals Now Accessible to Members Directly From the ACR Web Site

American College of Rheumatology members can now electronically access the full content of Arthritis & Rheumatism and Arthritis Care & Research directly from the ACR web site using their member login, without the need for any further login upon reaching the journals' sites. To access the full text of the journals, members should follow these easy steps: 1) Go to 2) Click “LOGIN” in the upper right corner of the home page. Use your member ID as the User Name and your last name as the Password. 3) Click on the “Publications” tab. 4) Click on “Arthritis & Rheumatism” or “Arthritis Care & Research” in the left menu. 5) Click on the red link “Click here for journal access.”

Members who prefer to continue accessing the ACR journals via their Wiley login can do so. In addition, direct access for members through the e-mailed tables of contents will be available later this year; in the meantime, members can access full-text articles from the links in the electronic tables of contents by using their Wiley login.

Individuals who have questions about their membership or member ID should e-mail; those who have technical questions about using the new system should contact