ARHP Announcements

ARHP Annual Meeting

  October 25–30, 2013, San Diego

  November 14–19, 2014, Boston

2013 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting Scientific Program Preview

Discover the latest in rheumatology at the premier rheumatology meeting, which will be held October 25−30, 2013 in San Diego.

We are excited about the plans for the scientific program. 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 to basic science and clinical investigators. In addition to returning favorites such as the Year in Review, Curbside Consults, Meet the Professors, The Great Debate, and Thieves' Market, the program continues to expand. This year's program will include more clinical reviews, symposia, and Immunology Updates for the Clinicians.

Pre-meeting courses. These groundbreaking courses will be offered on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. Don't miss the opportunity to take advantage of the array of offerings, such as the very popular ACR Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course for Rheumatologists, which always sells out quickly. Other offerings include the ACR Basic Research Conference, the ACR Certified Rheumatology Coder Course, the ACR/ABIM Maintenance of Certification Learning Session, the ARHP Clinical Focus Course, as well as the Practice Management course. Plan to register early, as you do not want to miss the opportunity to attend one of these.

Networking Opportunities. The Association for Rheumatology Health Professionals, a division of the ACR, will offer networking opportunities for physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, epidemiologists, physician assistants, educators, clinicians, researchers, research coordinators, and office staff. Participate in an essential ARHP annual meeting experience and join us during these events: ARHP Networking Forum: Sunday, October 27, 12:30–2:15 PM; ARHP Networking at Noon: Monday, October 28, Noon–2:00 PM. Networking will be held in the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. For additional information on these networking sessions, contact the ARHP at (404) 633-3777.

Opening lecture. We are excited to announce that J. Craig Venter, PhD, will present the meeting's opening lecture. Regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous contributions to genomic research, Dr. Venter and his team at the J. Craig Venter Institute continue to blaze new trails and make groundbreaking advances in genomic sequencing, environmental genomics, and human genome medicine.

Opening reception. This year's opening reception will be held at the San Diego Convention Center. This complimentary reception will be on Saturday, October 26 beginning at 6:15 PM, immediately following the opening lecture. Take this opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones before you enjoy an evening on your own in San Diego.

Visit to view the registration brochure, and join us in San Diego to be a part of what will be a very memorable experience!

Fundamentals of Rheumatology Course: Registration Now Open

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. This activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver of nursing continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation. Contact hours will be awarded from October 2, 2012 to October 2, 2014.

For additional information, visit and select Professional Meetings and Courses.

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.