ARHP Announcements

ARHP Annual Meetings

  November 14–19, 2014, Boston

  November 6–11, 2015, San Francisco

Arthritis & Rheumatism Renamed Arthritis & Rheumatology

A&R began 2014—its 57th year of publication—with a new name. As of the January issue, Arthritis & Rheumatism became Arthritis & Rheumatology. The impetus for the name change was to replace the imprecise and obsolete word “rheumatism” with a term that clearly conveys the range of disorders and conditions addressed in the journal and by the discipline of rheumatology, and the molecular- and mechanism-based approaches being used to understand and treat these disorders. In surveys conducted in 2012, various possible new names for the journal were considered, including some that were radically different from the current one. In the end, it was decided to only replace “Rheumatism” with “Rheumatology,” so the name would reflect what we are about but wouldn't potentially create the misconception that this is a new, just-starting-out journal. The PubMed abbreviation will change very slightly, to “Arthritis Rheumatol.” In keeping with a priority expressed by most respondents, with the new name the journal will still be widely referred to as “A&R.”

Fundamentals of Rheumatology Online

Fundamentals of Rheumatology was created to provide a flexible online source for nurses, medical assistants, licensed practical nurses, and office managers or staff to adapt and develop their skills to support the multi-faceted care and management of rheumatology patients. The course offers five modules 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.

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Increased CME: Advanced Rheumatology Course

Advanced Rheumatology Course is a comprehensive, innovative online course designed to build in-depth knowledge and enhance practical clinical skills, while rapidly educating nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other clinicians new to rheumatology practice or academic training setting. Physicians and fellows-in-training have also found this course helpful in extending their learning, enhancing care of patients with or at risk for rheumatic disease and musculoskeletal conditions, as well as understanding the importance of establishing a collaborative rheumatology practice between the rheumatologist and clinicians as one solution to the critical shortage of rheumatologists in the United States, according to the United States Rheumatology Workforce: Supply and Demand 2005–2025 Report. CMEs have been increased for each of the three tracks (adult, pediatric, or combined) and now you can purchase individual modules and earn CMEs. Consider using them on-the-job as a teaching tool in a group setting while saving money on travel and time away from the office. Individual module fees are $100/member and $150/non-member and track rates range from $900–$1,500/member and $1,200–$1,800/non-member. For additional information or to register, go to and select Professional Meetings and Courses.