ARHP announcements

ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting

October 16–21, 2009, Philadelphia

ARHP: Advanced Practice Skills Training

The ARHP will offer an Advance Practice Skills Training Course October 17, 2009, as part of the ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting in Philadelphia. This interactive, hands-on preconference course will give interested nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinicians specific information and practice in performing adult and pediatric rheumatology-specific physical examinations and in calculating HAQ and DAS28 scores. Participants will also be given the opportunity to practice intraarticular injections on small and large joint prosthetic models. Details and registration materials will be available this month at

ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting Registration

Registration materials are still available for the 2009 ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting to be held October 16–21 in Philadelphia. The ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting, held in conjunction with the American College of Rheumatology's Annual Scientific Meeting, is planned to reflect the needs and interests of health professionals working with arthritis and rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. It provides a forum to address issues of professional significance with a multidisciplinary audience. Members and nonmembers may review ACR and ARHP programming, register for the meeting, and make hotel reservations online at

Purchase 2009 ARHP Audioconference Series Now

Did you miss a session of the ARHP Rheumatology Audioconference Series this year? If so, you can purchase the webcast of any 2009 session. Details are available at The 2009 topics available for purchase are: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Health Care Providers: Impact of the Relationship on Patient Care, Professional Education, Health Care Costs, and Public Perception, Lenore M. Buckley, MD, MPH; Biologic Logic: Making Sense of Current Therapies for Rheumatic Diseases, Daniel F. Battafarano, DO, FACP, FACR; How Can We Help Our Clients with Scleroderma Manage Musculoskeletal and Functional Limitations? Janet L. Poole, PhD, OTR; Physical Activity Among People with Arthritis: Assessment, Considerations, and Behavior Change, Julie Keysor, PhD, PT; Reconditioning Hearts and Muscles: The Fit and Strong: Osteoarthritis Evidence-Based Program, Susan Hughes, DSW; Managing Office Infusions: From Biologics to Bones, Josh S. Brinks, BSN, MSN, FNP; Positive Antinuclear Antibodies, Rheumatoid Factors, and Cyclic Citrullinated Peptides: What Does It All Mean? Benjamin J. Smith, PA-C; and Medicare Updates: Where Do We Stand? Antanya A. Chung, CCP, CPC-I.

Pay Your 2009 ARHP Membership Dues Online

You can pay your 2009 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.

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