ARHP announcements

ARHP Annual Scientific Meetings

October 16–21, 2004, San Antonio, Texas

November 12–17, 2005, San Diego, California

2004 ARHP Merit Award Nominations Due April 16

Nominations for the 2004 ARHP Merit Awards are being accepted through April 26, 2004. The Distinguished Scholar Award, the Addie Thomas Service Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio. Applications are available on the website, or by calling 404-633-3777 and asking for the ARHP Membership Department.

Distinguished Scholar Award Criteria. ARHP member not on the Executive Committee; Publication of papers in peer-reviewed journals, with preference given to candidates who are first or senior authors; Publication of books; Research activities, including grants received; Publication of book chapters, abstracts, or nonrefereed articles; Professional and scientific presentations based upon the individual's expertise; Grants submitted but not awarded; Editor, or on editorial board of a refereed journal; Development of a creative work or educational program.

Addie Thomas Service Award Criteria. ARHP member not on the Executive Committee; Length of service in the field of rheumatology; Quality of supporting documents and information in the application; Volunteer contributions and/or recognition on the local, regional, or national level.

Lifetime Achievement Award Criteria. Ten years or more of ARHP (Formerly AHPA) membership, but not currently on the Executive Committee; Evidence that a major portion of the candidate's work has been devoted to arthritis-related issues; Evidence of unique and distinguished contributions to research and/or health care, education and service including but not limited to a program of research that has led to new knowledge or unique insights concerning rheumatic disease; the development of a unique and validated approach to patient care, patient or professional education, or other issue relevant to the ARHP; and distinguished leadership in the ARHP and related organizations.

Pay Your Dues Online

You can pay your membership dues online. You can also make changes to your professional information. Just go to www. and select Pay Membership Dues. Remember, your membership runs by calendar year, December 31, 2003 through December 31, 2004. Your dues must be paid by January 31st in order for your name to be included in the directory.

2004 Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts for the ARHP Scientific Meeting to be held October 16–21 in San Antonio, Texas has been mailed to all members. If you are not a member and would like to receive a copy, or if you have any questions, please contact: Happy Tyree, Manager, ARHP Education Department, 1800 Century Place, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30345, Phone: 404-633-3777,

Submission deadline for electronic submission is May 13, 2004. Additional information may be obtained from the ARHP website

Nominations Being Accepted for 2005 Committees

Please contact the ARHP office (404) 633-3777 if you would like to be considered for an ARHP Committee in 2005. Ask for David Haag, Executive Director, or Jan Price, Manager of Membership Services, or send an E-mail indicating your area of interest to: For a list of current volunteer opportunities, please access the website at

Membership Recruitment

If you will be speaking at or attending another professional meeting that would have candidates for ARHP membership, we will be glad to supply you with ARHP recruitment materials. We will provide colorful flyers, copies of the edition of Clinical Care in the Rheumatic Diseases, ARHP newsletters, and complete membership application packets. You may request recruitment materials by contacting the ARHP Membership Department, Attention: Jan Price, Manager of Membership Services, 404-633-3777, Please help your association grow.

Be an Advocate for Arthritis

Each February the ACR and ARHP have an annual conference, Advocates for Arthritis, in Washington, DC. Rheumatologists, health professionals, and patients from across the United States participate. This year, the issues our advocates took to Capitol Hill included: prescription drug benefit within the Medicare program, access to care, and increased funding for research. The day before the visits to the Hill, members attend an orientation session and roll-playing sessions designed to model both an ideal and difficult interaction with legislative staff. If you are interested in attending next year's event, or would like further information, contact Aaron Johnson, Manager, ACR's Government Affairs Committee at (404) 633-3777.

You can also become an advocate for arthritis without even leaving your office by accessing the legislative affairs information area on the ACR web site. You can view the complete text of legislative bills, receive alerts, and learn how to lobby by E-mail. There is even an E-mail letter that you can send to your congressman, just by making a few editorial changes. To visit the site, go to, then click on Legislative Affairs on the left hand side, and then click on Legislative Action Center, Links to other sites, or Become a Member Advocates for Arthritis Network.