ACR Announcements

ACR Meetings

Annual Meetings

November 9–14, 2012, Washington

October 25–30, 2013, San Diego

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course for Rheumatologists

with Interventional Cadaver Workshop—Intermediate June 22–24, 2012, Jacksonville

For additional information, contact the ACR office.

2012 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting: Program Preview

The 2011 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago was a record-breaking success, with almost 16,000 attendees. The ACR and the ARHP are building on that success by developing a comprehensive scientific program for 2012 that will be sure to meet the needs of all attendees. Plan to join us November 9–14 of this year in Washington, DC, for the premier rheumatology meeting.

We are excited about the plans for the upcoming scientific program. The ACR Annual Meeting Planning Committee and the ARHP Program Committee have worked hard to develop a program that will be of great interest to practicing clinicians as well as basic science and clinical investigators. In addition to returning favorites such as Year in Review, Curbside Consults—Meet the Professors, The Great Debate, and Thieves' Market, this year's program will include more clinical reviews, symposia, and state-of-the-art lectures. If you missed last year's ACR Knowledge Bowl, you missed seeing the University of New Orleans, the reigning champions, take home the trophy. Think it was easy? Check it out at this year's meeting!

Pre-meeting courses. These courses, which will be offered Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10, will provide attendees with the opportunity to take advantage of an array of offerings. New this year is the ACR 2012 Practice Management Preconference Course: Helping You Manage a Profitable Practice. Designed for practice managers and administrators, this course will be held Friday, November 9. Additionally, the ACR Clinical Research Conference has been expanded to a day and a half.

Don't miss the opportunity to sign up for the very popular ACR Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course for Rheumatologists, because it sells out quickly. The ACR Review Course continues to draw thousands. The ACR Basic Research Conference, the ACR Certified Rheumatology Coder Course, the ACR/ABIM Maintenance of Certification Learning Session, and the ARHP Clinical Focus Course will also be offered again. Plan to register early because you do not want to miss the opportunity to attend.

Opening event. This year's opening event will be held at the Newseum. This ticketed event, which will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 7:00 PM, is the must-attend event of the entire meeting. The Newseum, a 250,000-square-foot museum of news, offers visitors an experience that blends 5 centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. The galleries and theaters will immerse you in the world's greatest news stories—the people, the places, and the times. It offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.

Join us in Washington, DC to be a part of what will be a very memorable experience. Visit the new to view the registration brochure and to register.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course for Rheumatologists with Interventional Cadaver Workshop—Intermediate

If you are interested in enhancing your skills and knowledge in musculoskeletal ultrasound, register now for the ACR Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course for Rheumatologists with Interventional Cadaver Workshop—Intermediate, which will be held June 22–24, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.

This comprehensive 3-day course is designed for rheumatologists experienced in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in their practice who are interested in developing a deeper understanding and enhancing their skills in this technology for the diagnosis and monitoring of rheumatic conditions. Days 1 and 2 of the course will combine didactic and hands-on training utilizing live patient models with evidence of the pathologies under discussion. Day 3 will be dedicated to hands-on skill building with cadaveric tissue specimens, providing you the opportunity to practice and refine your scanning technique as well as perform ultrasound-guided injection procedures.

Course topics include upper- and lower-extremity nerve entrapments, ultrasonography of rheumatoid arthritis, the fundamentals of ultrasound physics, ultrasonography of crystal arthritis, and ultrasonography of spondylarthritis. In addition, prosection stations will allow participants an opportunity to engage in a detailed review of musculoskeletal anatomy, and participants will be instructed in precise needle localization in diverse anatomic regions utilizing unembalmed cadaveric tissue.

The Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course for Rheumatologists with Interventional Cadaver Workshop—Intermediate is limited to 100 participants, so register now. Preregistration ends June 8. Please note: This course is intended for rheumatologists who have performed at least 60–100 scans in the last 2 years and have attended at least one beginner-level course. For a complete program and to register online, visit