ACR Announcements

ACR Meetings

Annual Meetings

November 14–19, 2014, Boston

November 6–11, 2015, San Francisco

Pediatric Rheumatology Symposium

April 3–6, 2014, Orlando

Clinical Rheumatology for Health Professionals:

ABCs of X-Ray Reading

April 25, 2014, Chicago

State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium

April 26–27, 2014, Chicago

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course for Rheumatologists with Interventional Cadaver Workshop—Intermediate

June 27–29, 2014, Jacksonville

For additional information, contact the ACR office.

Nominations for ACR Awards of Distinction and Masters Due May 15

The ACR has many Awards of Distinction, including the Presidential Gold Medal. Members who wish to nominate a colleague or mentor for an Award of Distinction must complete the online form at The nomination process includes 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 ACR 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 the profession. To nominate someone for a Master designation, members must complete the online nomination form at and include a letter of nomination, 2 supporting letters from voting members of the ACR, and the nominee's curriculum vitae. Nominees for ACR Master must have reached the age of 65 before October 1, 2014.

ACR Invites Nominations for Volunteer Positions

The ACR encourages all members to participate in forming policy and conducting activities by assuming positions of leadership in the organization. Positions are available in all areas of the work of the American College of Rheumatology and the Rheumatology Research Foundation. Please visit for information about nominating yourself or a colleague for a volunteer position with the College. The deadline for volunteer nominations is June 2, 2014. Letters of recommendation are not required but are preferred.

ACR 2014 Pediatric Rheumatology Symposium

Recent years have seen critical advances in the understanding, assessment, and treatment of many pediatric rheumatic diseases. Previously considered a rarity with a significant degree of morbidity, rheumatic diseases in children have long been difficult to diagnose and even more challenging to treat. Many general pediatricians and adult rheumatologists therefore need sufficient training to diagnose and treat children with rheumatic disease. The Pediatric Rheumatology Symposium (PRSYM), to be held April 3–6 in Orlando, will focus on closing the gap between clinical experience and practice through expert lectures and will include a great number of plenary sessions, as well as ample opportunites for oral and poster abstract presentations. Furthermore, attendees can participate in lunchtime sessions and informal roundtable discussions on various topics.

As the only meeting in North America focused entirely on pediatric rheumatology, PRSYM promotes research, education, and patient care in pediatric rheumatology by enhancing the skills of seasoned physicians, fellows-in-training, and other health professionals who care for children with rheumatic diseases. This unique symposium provides a venue for attendees to not only hear about cutting-edge updates in the practice of pediatric rheumatology, but also to attend scientific sessions reporting findings that have yet to be published. The research that will be featured will span the entire spectrum from clinical investigation to translational and basic research.

The last day for advance registration is March 19, 2014. The housing deadline for the ACR discounted rate is March 12, 2014. For the complete program or to register online, visit

ACR Clinical Rheumatology for Health Professionals: ABCs of X-Ray Reading

Clinical Rheumatology for Health Professionals: ABCs of X-Ray Reading, an ACR program designed specifically for allied health professionals working in the field of rheumatology, will provide attendees with a primer on use and reading of plain x-rays in key rheumatic diseases. This program, taking place April 25, 2014 in Chicago, will combine didactic and hands-on sessions presented by experts in the field. Attendees will be taken through a step-by-step process of reading films of key skeletal structures. Typical findings of various rheumatologic conditions will be reviewed, including connections between each of the diseases and the appearances these processes produce on the x-ray image. After the didactic presentation on each disease, small group sessions will be held, in which participants will have the opportunity to read actual films under expert guidance.

The deadline for the early-bird registration rate is March 12, 2014, and the last day for advance registration is April 9, 2014. The housing deadline for the ACR discounted rate is March 28, 2014. For the complete program or to register online, visit

ACR 2014 State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium

For those who are looking for a program that provides the most up-to-date information in the field of rheumatology with an emphasis on clinical application to a rheumatology practice, the ACR State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium, to be held April 26–27, 2014 in Chicago, is a great resource. This one-and-a-half–day event offers a range of content delivered by key opinion leaders in areas such as therapeutic developments, recent research findings, and scientific advances, all delivered in an environment conducive to dialogue and networking. In addition to the dynamic lectures, attendees will have an opportunity to “ask the experts” during the popular Curbside Consults sessions.

This year's pre-symposium program, Rheumatology ICD-10 Training, will provide insight into specialty-specific coding guidelines and conventions to help participants navigate the path to ICD-10 implementation—a perfect highlight for physicians, other health professionals, and coding/billing staff.

For those who are unable to attend this year's State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium in person but are still interested in viewing the educational sessions, recordings will be available for purchase after the meeting through SessionSelect.

The deadline for the early-bird registration rate is March 12, 2014, and the last day for advance registration is April 9, 2014. The housing deadline for the ACR discounted rate is March 28, 2014. For the complete program or to register online, visit

Education Programs

Ninth European Lupus Meeting. April 23–26, 2014, Athens, Greece. Registraion fees are as follows: 430荤 (280荤 for trainees and residents, 120荤 for guests) through March 20, 2014; 480荤 (330荤 for trainees and residents, 140荤 for guests) thereafter. Nurses and students may register at no charge. For additional information, e-mail or visit the web site

Bone and Joint Decade World Network Conference. October 12–13, 2014, London, UK. To register interest in attending this conference, which will be held in partnership with the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance, please e-mail Additional information will be available in the near future at