ACR Announcements


ACR Meetings

Annual Meetings

October 24–29, 2002, New Orleans

October 23–28, 2003, Orlando

October 7–12, 2004, San Antonio

November 12–17, 2005, San Diego

Winter Rheumatology Symposium

January 26–February 1, 2002, Snowmass

International Conference on Health Promotion and Disability Prevention for Individuals and Populations with Rheumatic Disease

March 22–23, 2002, St.Louis

State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium

April 19–21, 2002, Chicago

Summer Clinical Symposium

June 21–23, 2002, Santa Barbara

For additional information, contact the ACR office.

ACR International Conference on Health Promotion and Disability Prevention for Individuals and Populations with Rheumatic Disease

The American College of Rheumatology's first International Conference on Health Promotion and Disability Prevention for Individuals and Populations with Rheumatic Disease will be held at the Millennium Regal Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22–23, 2002. This unique conference will focus on exercise and health outcomes in rheumatic disease. Leaders in the field of exercise science, biomechanics, pain, rheumatology, orthopedics, epidemiology, health services research, and public health have been invited to present state-of-the-art papers in this open conference forum. The conference has been made possible with funding from the Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center through their contract with the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, as well as the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The registration deadline for the conference is February 20, 2002. Registration fees are $150 for American College of Rheumatology and Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals members, $195 for nonmembers, $80 for member trainees, and $95 for nonmember trainees. The Millennium Regal Hotel is offering a special conference rate for meeting attendees. The housing deadline is February 22, 2002.

For additional information about the International Conference on Health Promotion and Disability Prevention for Individuals and Populations with Rheumatic Disease, visit the ACR Web site,

ACR State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium

The 2002 American College of Rheumatology State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium will be held April 19–21, 2002 at the Swissôtel in Chicago. The objective of this meeting is to provide an update of current knowledge in the broad field of rheumatology. This will be accomplished by appropriate review of established concepts, accentuating the clinical perspective. Symposia will provide an opportunity to present new findings in both clinical and basic research, outlining the directions of state-of-the-art research and future prospects in the management of the conditions addressed by practicing rheumatologists.

On April 21, the program will consist of the ACR Committee on Rheumatologic Care (CORC) Practice Management Symposium. The topic for this symposium will be OIG compliance guidelines and Medicare guidelines for office visit coding. The program is recommended for practicing physicians and their nonphysician office staff who are responsible for coding and billing. CME credit will be available for this program as well as for the rest of the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium. There is an additional registration fee for the CORC symposium.

Based on last year's success, the ACR Research and Education Foundation (REF) will again host a silent auction on Saturday, April 20 during the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium. Thanks to the generosity of ACR and REF vendors, several exciting items will be available for bid; many items will be below cost. Donations made above the fair market value of the auction package may be tax deductible.

The advance registration deadline for the symposium is March 15, 2002. Advance registration fees are $250 for ACR members, $370 for nonmembers, $95 for member trainees, and $115 for nonmember trainees. For registration after March 15, fees will increase substantially

For additional information about the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium, visit the ACR Web site,

ACR President's Column on Web Site

Beginning in February, ACR President Dr. Allan Gibofsky will begin authoring an online column for the Web site. Covering a wide range of topics and encouraging feedback from the membership, this new online feature is intended to facilitate communication between the members and the ACR leadership. Visit the Web site today at and read this month's column.

American Board of Internal Medicine Certification and Recertification Examinations

The ABIM 2002 Certification Examination in Rheumatology will be held November 6, 2002. The registration period is January 1–April 1, 2002; the late registration period is April 2–June 1, 2002. The ABIM's Recertification Program, which has been renamed the Program for Continuous Professional Development (CPD), consists of an at-home, open-book self-evaluation process and a proctored final examination which will be administered twice each year in May and November. To register for the examination, Diplomates must be enrolled in the CPD Program and be in at least year 6 of their certification cycle. For the 2002 Recertification Examinations in Internal Medicine, its Subspecialties, and Added Qualifications, the final examination will be administered May 7 (registration deadline March 1) and November 6 (registration deadline September 1). For additional information and registration forms, contact Registration Section, American Board of Internal Medicine, 510 Walnut Street, Suite 1700, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3699, phone 800-441-2246 or 215-446-3500, fax 215-446-3590, e-mail, or visit the ABIM's Web site at

American Board of Pediatrics 2002 Pediatric Rheumatology Certifying Examination

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) 2002 Certifying Examination in Pediatric Rheumatology will be held November 18, 2002. The registration period is February 1–April 30, 2002 (postmarked) for first-time applicants and March 15–June 15, 2002 (postmarked) for re-registrants. First-time applicants using fellowship training to qualify for subspecialty examinations may complete applications online during the registration periods for new applicants. The requirements for online application and additional information, including eligibility requirements, may be found at the ABP Web site,, or may be obtained by contacting American Board of Pediatrics, 111 Silver Cedar Court, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1513, phone 919-929-0461, fax 919-918-7114 or 919-929-9255.

Education Programs

Eighth Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Rheumatic Therapy. April 24–27, 2002, Washington, DC. The International Society for Rheumatic Therapy is a group of individuals from academia, private practice, industry, and government regulatory agencies who advance treatment of rheumatic diseases. The deadline for registration and abstract submission is March 8, 2002. Registration fees are $450 for regular attendees, $200 for trainees, and $85 for accompanying persons. CME credit will be available. For additional information, visit the Web site

10th International Vasculitis and ANCA Workshop. April 25–28, 2002, Cleveland, OH. For additional information, contact Debora J. Bork, Rheumatology Research Group, Center for Vasculitis Care and Research, Desk A50, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195, phone 216-445-8533, fax 216-445-7569, e-mail

5th European Conference on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. May 26–30, 2002, Athens, Greece. For additional information, contact the conference secretariat, Amphitrion Congress Organizing Bureau, phone 30-1-9249-701, fax 30-1-9249-836, e-mail

Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) 2nd Annual Meeting. June 28–July 1, 2002, San Francisco, CA. This multidisciplinary meeting will focus on the major themes of immunoregulation, CD25/regulation, immunogenetics, and immunodiagnosis, with thematic sessions in such areas as innate immunity, genetics of disease association, stem cells, gene therapy, tetramers, bone marrow transplantation, and innovative therapy. For additional information, contact the FOCIS Executive Office, 414-224-8095, e-mail, or visit the Web site

Scandinavian Congress of Rheumatology. August 15–18, 2002, Tromsø, Norway. Official language is English. For additional information, contact Hans Nossent, MD, PhD, Department of Rheumatology B1-822, University Hospital, N9038 Tromsø, Norway, phone 47-776-27294, fax 47-776-27258, e-mail, or visit the Web site