ARHP announcements

ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting

 November 9–14, 2012, Washington, DC

2012 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting: Program Preview

The 2011 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago was a record-breaking success, with almost 16,000 attendees. The ACR and the ARHP are building on that success by developing a comprehensive scientific program for 2012 that will be sure to meet the needs of all attendees. Plan to join us November 9–14 of this year in Washington, DC, for the premier rheumatology meeting.

The ACR Annual Meeting Planning Committee and the ARHP Program Committee have worked hard to develop a program that will be of great interest to practicing clinicians as well as basic science and clinical investigators. In addition to returning favorites such as Year in Review, Curbside Consults—Meet the Professors, The Great Debate, and Thieves' Market, this year's program will include more clinical reviews, symposia, and state-of-the-art lectures. If you missed last year's ACR Knowledge Bowl, you missed seeing the University of New Orleans, the reigning champions, take home the trophy. Think it was easy? Check it out at this year's meeting!

Pre-meeting courses. These courses, which will be offered Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10, will provide attendees with the opportunity to take advantage of an array of offerings. New this year is the ACR 2012 Practice Management Preconference Course: Helping You Manage a Profitable Practice. Designed for practice managers and administrators, this course will be held Friday, November 9. Additionally, the ACR Clinical Research Conference has been expanded to a day and a half.

Don't miss the opportunity to sign up for the very popular ACR Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course for Rheumatologists, because it sells out quickly. The ACR Review Course continues to draw thousands. The ACR Basic Research Conference, the ACR Certified Rheumatology Coder Course, the ACR/ABIM Maintenance of Certification Learning Session, and the ARHP Clinical Focus Course will also be offered again. Plan to register early because you do not want to miss the opportunity to attend.

Opening event. This year's opening event will be held at the Newseum. This ticketed event, which will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 7:00 PM, is the must-attend event of the entire meeting. The Newseum, a 250,000-square-foot museum of news, offers visitors an experience that blends 5 centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. The galleries and theaters will immerse you in the world's greatest news stories—the people, the places, and the times. It offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.

Join us in Washington, DC to be a part of what will be a very memorable experience. Visit the new to view the registration brochure and to register.

Fundamentals of Rheumatology Course: Coming Fall 2012

The ACR/ARHP announce the latest addition to the online education series. Fundamentals of Rheumatology will provide a flexible online source for nurses, medical assistants, licensed practical nurses, and office managers to adapt and develop their skills to support the multi-faceted care and management of rheumatology patients. The course offers five modules that can be purchased individually or in groups with topics that target specific needs such as Overview of Rheumatic Disease, Assessment and Management of the Adult with Rheumatic Disease, Assessment and Management of the Child with Rheumatic Disease, Nursing Management of the Infusion Patient, and Insurance Preauthorization.

Module fees range from $75 to $440. Send an email to to be placed on the advanced-notice list. For additional information call 404-633-3777 x808 or visit and select Professional Meetings and Courses.

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.

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