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ACR Meetings

Annual Meetings

 November 6–11, 2010, Atlanta

 November 4–9, 2011, Chicago

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course for Rheumatologists

 August 14–15, 2010, Chicago

For additional information, contact the ACR office.

ACR/ARHP 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting

Come join more than 10,000 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals in Atlanta, for the 2010 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting. The meeting will be held Sunday, November 7–Thursday, November 11 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Preconference courses begin Saturday, November 6. Therefore, plan to join us in Atlanta, November 6–11, as the Annual Scientific Meeting attendees, their families, and guests will find a unique blend of cosmopolitan experiences and cultural charm to quench an array of intellectual, amusement, and culinary appetites.

The 2009 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting in Philadelphia was one of the biggest and best. Not only did this meeting break attendance records, but the scientific program offering was enthusiastically received, especially the expanded poster tours, the new plenary formats, and ACR/ARHP popular returning favorites. The Annual Meeting Planning Committee is building on that success by offering a program that will exceed expectations for 2010.

This year's opening lecture, which is entitled An Infectious Etiology of Rheumatoid Arthritis, will be presented by Gerald Weissmann, MD, Emeritus Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) at the New York University School of Medicine. Please plan to join us for what is expected to be a thought-provoking presentation on a very timely topic.

Returning favorites at this year's meeting will include Thieves' Market, Year in Review, Curbside Consult: Ask the Professors, The Great Debate, and Immunology Update for Clinicians. The very popular Noontime Clinical Reviews, designed for clinicians, will be expanded this year. A Business of Rheumatology track will be launched to assist the busy private practitioner. This new track is an extension of the current Practice Issue track; however, the focus will be more on day-to-day aspects of the business of rheumatology.

The popular ARHP Rheumatic Disease Updates will return this year with Sjögren's Syndrome, Viral Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, and Osteoporosis of the Spine. The keynote address by the real “Doc Hollywood,” Neil Shulman, MD, will kick off the ARHP program. Dr. Shulman will be presenting “The Real Doc Hollywood presents … Laughter is Good Medicine,” dealing with the importance of humor in maintaining good health and combating stress, and will discuss how to inject humor and create an attitude of creativity and fun into one's life. The debate on complementary and alternative medicine should be a lively one, as Donald M. Marcus, MD and Steven S. Overman, MD, MPH discuss opposing views. In addition, ARHP introduces sessions on practial advice for the office and clinical practice, reproductive issues, rehabilitation in the biologic era, and issues related to returning military personnel.

In an effort to better meet the needs of our attendees, the additions to this year's program include any array of lectures, and an intimate learning environment with the Meet the Professor and Workshop sessions that will provide valuable take-home points. This year, the ARHP will be offering four new workshops on joint injections (knee/ankle and shoulder/wrist) and musculoskeletal examinations (pediatric and adult). The expanded Clinical Practice track will focus on the clinical care of difficult rheumatologic issues. Presentations will include Treatment of Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis, Inflammatory Myositis, and Update on Central Nervous System Lupus, as well as Current Recommendations Regarding Immunizations for Patients with Rheumatic Disease.

Preconference courses. A Musculoskeletal Ultrasound preconference course has been added to this year's program. Attendees will be able to perform hands-on scanning of live models to enhance technical proficiency for the diagnosis of normal and abnormal clinical conditions. In addition, in an effort to encourage young investigators' (less than 6 years' experience) participation, they will be invited to submit abstracts to the Basic Research and Clinical Research Conferences. The accepted abstracts will be presented Saturday, November 6 and/or Sunday, November 7, as well as being eligible for presentation during the main meeting.

Improved preconference course syllabi. The paper preconference course syllabi will be replaced with online syllabi to ensure attendees have access to the most updated copy of each speaker's presentation.

Better-defined tracks. This year's meeting attendees will be able to take advantage of the improved educational tracks, which will be organized by day and will be included in the online itinerary builder. A color-coded design was created to assist attendees in easily identifying sessions in their area(s) of interest. Translational content for those interested in how the latest advances in basic research are being applied to clinical rheumatology, clinical sessions of interest to private practitioners as well as to academicians, and the previous tracks for pediatrics, pain, and rheumatologic education will all be included. Attendees will be able to organize their entire annual meeting schedule based on their area(s) of interest, before leaving home!

Expanded poster tours. Based on feedback, an afternoon poster tour time slot has been added to this year's lineup. These tours will be unique, as the tour guides will navigate and annotate the posters for attendees in the absence of the poster presenters. The ARHP has expanded its poster tours on Tuesday and Wednesday in an effort to cover topics such as Quality of Life and Physical Activity, Pain, and Behavioral Health. Finally, to better meet the needs of our attendees, each poster tour will be limited to 20 participants, and an online registration process will be introduced.

EnhancedSessionSelect. Within 24 hours of virtually every live session at the annual meeting, recordings will be made available through SessionSelect, your source for ACR education, online. Register for the meeting and receive free access to more than 200 hours of online annual meeting content—over $500 of added value.

Opening event (the Georgia Aquarium), Sunday November 7. This year's opening event will be held at the Georgia Aquarium on Sunday, November 7 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Come and explore one of Atlanta's newest and most exciting wonders … it's where imaginations go to play. Tickets for this event are $40, which includes the entrance fee and an opportunity to network with your colleagues during the reception. Space is limited, so order your ticket(s) early.

This is only a sampling of ACR/ARHP educational session offerings. Join us in Atlanta, November 6–11, to be a part of the premier rheumatology meeting.

ACR Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course for Rheumatologists

Musculoskeletal ultrasound has proven to be a valuable tool in the diagnosis and management of a variety of conditions that involve joints and surrounding soft tissue structures. Despite its widespread use by nonradiologist physicians as a diagnostic modality across Europe, introductory training courses are difficult to find within North America. The American College of Rheumatology is broadening the scope of educational programming in musculoskeletal ultrasound by holding its first stand-alone course on the topic, on August 14–15, 2010. The course, which will take place at the O'Hare Airport Westin Hotel just outside Chicago, is specifically designed as an intensive, 2-day workshop for rheumatologists who want to learn ultrasound technology and gain practical experience in its use. Guided by experts from around the world, attendees will perform hands-on scanning of live models to enhance technical proficiency in the diagnosis of normal and abnormal clinical conditions. At the completion of the course, attendees should be able to demonstrate familiarity with the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, hip, knee, foot, and ankle, and with ultrasound guidance of aspirations, injections, and biopsies. The deadline for early registration is July 5; registration fees are discounted through this date. For additional information or to register, visit

2011 Certifying Examination in Pediatric Rheumatology

The 2011 Certifying Examination in Pediatric Rheumatology will be administered by the American Board of Pediatrics on March 28, 2011. The registration period is August 2–November 1, 2010 (first-time applicants), or September 14–December 16, 2010 (reregistrants). Applications must be completed online. A late fee will be assessed for applications completed during the final month of the registration period. For additional information or to register, visit the Web site

2010 PANLAR-Abbott Prizes in Rheumatology

Applications are being accepted for the 2010 Pan American League of Associations for Rheumatology (PANLAR)–Abbott Prizes in Rheumatology. The 2 prizes (in clinical or basic science research) will be presented in Atlanta during the 2010 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting. Applicants must be ≤45 years of age as of October 1, 2010 and must live and work in a Latin American country. Applications will be judged on the basis of 1) curriculum vitae or biosketch (4-page limit), 2) 2 letters of support, 3) personal statement, 4) description of research accomplished (2-page limit), and 5) research proposal (10-page limit excluding references) in the following format: specific aims, background and significance, preliminary work (pertinent to study being proposed), and study design (methods, anticipated results, limitations, timetable). Complete applications (minus support letters) should be submitted electronically to Graciela S. Alarcón, MD, MPH, Chairperson, PANLAR-Abbott Rheumatology Prize Selection Committee ( and must be received on or before August 20, 2010 (4:00 PM CST). The letters of support should be sent separately to the same address. Applications will be evaluated by a team of 7 jurors from PANLAR countries; the final ranking of the applications will be based on a previously agreed upon scoring system. For additional information, contact Dr. Alarcón or Luis R. Espinoza, MD, PANLAR President ( or visit the Web site

Other Education Programs

11th International Workshop on Scleroderma Research. August 1–4, 2010, Boston, MA. Sponsored by the Boston University School of Medicine Arthritis Center and the Centre for Rheumatology at University College London. The fee for full scientific registration is $675. For additional information, contact Kate Brennan, 617-638-4486, or visit the Web site