ACR announcements

ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting

October 24–29, 2008, San Francisco

ARHP Rheumatology Audioconference Series

The ARHP Rheumatology Audioconference Series is designed to meet the educational needs of health professionals involved in the management of patients with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. The series is a convenient, costeffective way to experience leading content from experts in the field. Held monthly beginning in January and running through June, each live, interactive, 60-minute session will explore an aspect of the most current information available about arthritis care. If you are unable to attend, audio CDs of any session in the 2007 or 2008 series are available for purchase.

Sessions are scheduled from noon to 1:00 pm Eastern Time, and registered participants will receive the speaker's handout materials prior to the call, along with a toll-free phone number and instructions on how to join the call and ask questions during the question/answer period. This audioconference series is an excellent in-service education tool. You and your colleagues can participate from the comfort of your office or conference room — all for a single registration fee.

The 2008 session topics and dates are: Tuesday, February 12, The Heart “Ache” of Lupus, Susan Manzi, MD, MPH; Tuesday, March 18, Hypermobility Syndromes: The True Collagen Disorders, Eric P. Gall, MD, MACP, MACR; Thursday, April 17, The Pain Puzzle, Michael A. Rapoff, PhD; Wednesday, May 21, Nonsurgical Management of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Maura D. Iversen, PT, DPT, SD, MPH; Wednesday, June 11, The Impact of Public Health on Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Diseases, Teresa J. Brady, PhD.

You can register for individual sessions, any combination of 3 sessions, or the complete series of 6 calls. Online registration and session details are available at

ARHP Graduate Student Award

This monetary award was created in 2005 to encourage the interest of nonphysician graduate students in the field of rheumatology. This initiative will recognize creative research or clinical project efforts that merge theory and clinical practice in assessing and or improving the lives of patients with rheumatic diseases, broadly defined.

Members of ARHP should facilitate graduate students in health-related areas (including but not limited to behavioral medicine, bioengineering, epidemiology, health services, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, psychology, physical therapy, and social work), who have not yet achieved a terminal degree, by mentoring them in the submission of an application for this award. Students planning to conduct studies or clinical projects related to rheumatologic care should work with their ARHP mentor to complete the application process. Deadline for submission is June 2, 2008. Details are available at

Pay Your 2008 ARHP Membership Dues Online

You can pay your 2008 membership dues online, and also make changes to your professional information at the same time. Go to and select Pay Membership Dues. Remember, your membership runs by calendar year.

ARHP Web Cases Updated

The ARHP has revamped their Web-based cases into easyto- use HTML format. These interactive cases on the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia can now be easily accessed. ARHP's problem-oriented, computerassisted Web cases offer users an integrative approach to the rehabilitation management of rheumatic diseases. Each ARHP case contains a series of multiple-choice questions directing the user through the treatment of a unique patientmanagement situation. To view the cases, go to

Education Programs

EULAR 2008. June 11–14, 2008, Paris, France. Sponsored by the European League Against Rheumatism. For information, visit the Web site

Paediatric Rheumatology European Society Congress. September 14-17, 2008, London, England. Sponsored by the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology. For information, visit the Web site