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ACR Meetings

Annual Meetings

 October 16–21, 2009, Philadelphia

 November 6–11, 2010, Atlanta

Rheumatology Board Recertification Examination Preparation Course

 March 27–29, 2009, Dallas

State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium

 April 18–19, 2009, Chicago

For additional information, contact the ACR office.

Nominations for ACR Awards of Distinction and Masters Due May 15

Nominations for the 2009 American College of Rheumatology Awards of Distinction and ACR Masters are due May 15. To nominate someone for one of the Awards of Distinction, the sponsor must complete the online nomination on the ACR Web site and include a letter of nomination, 2 additional letters of recommendation, and a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae. Recognition as a Master of the American College of Rheumatology is one of the highest honors the College bestows. The designation of Master is conferred on ACR members, age 65 or older, who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievements and/or service to their patients, students and profession. ACR Master nominees for 2009 must have reached the age of 65 before October 1, 2009. To nominate someone for Master designation, the sponsor must complete the online nomination on the ACR's Web site and include a letter of nomination, 2 supporting letters from voting members of the ACR, and the nominee's curriculum vitae.

ACR Invites Nominations for Volunteer Positions

The American College of Rheumatology encourages all members to participate in forming policy and conducting activities of the College by assuming positions of leadership in the organization. Positions are available in all areas of the College's work. Please visit the ACR Web site for more information about nominating yourself or a colleague for a volunteer position with the ACR. The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2009.

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.

ACR Rheumatology Board Recertification Examination Preparation Course

Join the American College of Rheumatology in Dallas for the only review course designed for rheumatologists preparing for the American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification examination. Modeling the Maintenance of Certification examination, the course is case based and focuses on disease management problems and key advances in practice over the last 10 years. Experts will present cases from CARE 2008 (Continuing Assessment, Review, and Evaluation), which include valued images to provide the knowledge to pass the ABIM Maintenance of Certification examination. Attendees will be eligible to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 20 points in the self-evaluation of medical knowledge category of the Maintenance of Certification program for physicians enrolled in the ABIM and the CARE 2008 program. The Rheumatology Board Recertification Examination Preparation Course will be held March 27–29, 2009 in Dallas, TX. The registration deadline is March 18, 2009; the deadline for early registration is February 27, 2009. For more information on this course or to register online, visit www.rheumatology.org/meetings.

ACR State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium

Join the American College of Rheumatology in Chicago for the 2009 State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium. This symposium will provide up-to-date, cutting-edge information on a broad array of topics in rheumatology, including use of newer biologic agents in rheumatoid arthritis, diagnosis and management of osteoporosis, update on autoinflammatory syndromes, recent advances in scleroderma, vasculitis mimics, decision-making in vasculitis management, and updates on lupus clinical trials. This year, attendees will be able to participate in musculoskeletal ultrasound workshops, where they will be trained by experts in the field using a hands-on approach; a variety of other lunchtime workshops will also be available. Two preconferences, the Advanced Practice Skills Training Course and Practice Management Health Check: Give Your Practice a Physical Examination, will be offered Friday, April 17. The State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium will be held at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel April 18–19, 2009. The registration deadline is April 8, 2009; the deadline for early registration is March 20, 2009. For more information or to register online, visit www.rheumatology.org/meetings.

Other Education Programs

4th International Conference on NeuroEndocrine Immunology in Rheumatic Diseases: Translation From Basics to Clinics.

May 8–10, 2009, Genoa, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy. Deadline for abstract submission is March 13, 2009. Deadline for registration is April 10, 2009. For additional information, e-mail conference@4thNEIRD.com or visit the Web site www.4thNEIRD.com.

5th World Congress of the International Society of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine.

June 13–17, 2009, Istanbul, Turkey. For additional information, e-mail secretariat@isprm2009.org or visit the Web site www.isprm2009.org.

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