ARHP announcements

ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting

October 16–21, 2009, Philadelphia

Online-Only Arthritis & Rheumatism and Arthritis Care & Research Subscription Option for ACR Members

Members of the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals who wish to receive Arthritis & Rheumatism and Arthritis Care & Research in electronic form only may opt to receive a paperless subscription. This option has been available to members outside of North America since 2007, and beginning with the January 2009 issues of the journals, will become available to members in the US, Canada, and Mexico. The online editions of the journals include HTML and PDF versions of all articles, supplementary materials, and search capability, with several enhancements planned.

US, Canada, and Mexico ACR/ARHP members who wish to request an online-only subscription should check the “online-only journal” option on the membership notice. Members who wish to switch to an online-only subscription later in the year, after the membership notice has been sent in, should send an e-mail to Include your name, postal address, and member number if known. Members outside the US, Canada, and Mexico who wish to request an online-only subscription should check the “online-only journal” option on the membership notice.

To access the full, current content of Arthritis & Rheumatism and Arthritis Care & Research online, ACR/ARHP members must complete a one-time registration. To do so, go to the home page of the ACR Web site, click Publications, click either Arthritis & Rheumatism or Arthritis Care & Research, and follow the instructions shown for first-time users (you will need to enter your ACR username and password to access the instructions).

SessionSelect Available at No Charge to Scientific Registrants for the ACR/ARHP 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting

All scientific registrants for the ACR/ARHP 2008 Annual Scientific Meeting will receive complimentary online access to more than 90% of the 2008 educational sessions, for one year at no charge, using ACR SessionSelect. This bonus, valued at more than $490, allows registrants the flexibility to view recorded educational sessions from the 2008 meeting from almost anywhere. ACR SessionSelect includes two viewing options: webcasts and downloadable vodcasts. For additional information, visit the ACR Web site.

NP and PA Postgraduate Rheumatology Training Program Now Available

The ACR/ARHP Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Postgraduate Rheumatology Training Program is now open for registration. More than 60 experts have dedicated hundreds of hours to complete this innovative program, which includes 18 hours of audio-annotated PowerPoint slides, 2,800 slides, and 631 images in 19 modules. This novel Web-based program will allow NPs, PAs, and others interested in rheumatology to have a flexible, affordable way to build competence in the care of persons with rheumatic diseases. For additional information, visit the ARHP Web site at

ARHP Rheumatology Audioconference Series

The ARHP Rheumatology Audioconference/Webcast Series is designed to meet the educational needs of health professionals involved in the management of patients with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. With the new Webcast option, you have the flexibility to view a recording of the session on the ACR Web site at your convenience (normal registration fees apply). The series is a convenient, cost-effective way to experience leading content from experts in the field. Held monthly, 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 2008 or 2009 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 2009 session topics and dates are: February 10, Biologic Logic: Making Sense of Current Therapies for Rheumatic Diseases, Daniel F. Battafarano, DO, FACP, FACR; March 10, How Can We Help Our Clients with Scleroderma Manage Musculoskeletal and Functional Limitations? Janet L. Poole, PhD, OTR; April 21, Physical Activity Among People with Arthritis: Assessment, Considerations, and Behavior Change, Julie Keysor, PhD, PT; May 20, Reconditioning Hearts and Muscles: The Fit and Strong: Osteoarthritis (OA) Evidence-Based Program, Susan Hughes, DSW; June 9, Managing Office Infusions: From Biologics to Bones, Josh S. Brinks, BSN, MSN, FNP; July 14, Positive Antinuclear Antibodies, Rheumatoid Factors, and Cyclic Citrullinated Peptides: What Does It All Mean? Benjamin J. Smith, PA-C; and December 10, Medicare Updates: Where Do We Stand? Antanya A. Chung, CCP, CPC-I. You can register for individual sessions, any combination of three sessions, or the complete series of 8 calls. Online registration and session details are available at