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2005 Audioconference Series

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The Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Audioconference Series is designed to meet the educational needs of health professionals involved in the management of patients with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. The series is a convenient, cost-effective way to experience leading content from experts in the field. Held monthly beginning in January through June, each live, interactive 60-minute session will explore an aspect of the most current information available about arthritis care. Each session is scheduled from 12:00–1:00 PM Eastern Time, and registered participants will receive the speaker's handout materials prior to the call, along with a toll-free phone number, and instructions on how to join the call and how to ask questions during the Question/Answer period.

The ARHP Audioconference Series is an excellent in-service education tool. You and your colleagues can participate from the comfort of your office or conference room—all for a single registration fee.

CMEs and CEUs are offered. The American College of Rheumatology approved the 2005 Audioconference Series for 1 CME per call for paid participants. As a division of the American College of Rheumatology, the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals is offering a certificate for 1 contact hour for each call in the series for paid participants.

The session topics and dates are: Friday, January 21, 2005, Nutrition in Children with Rheumatic Diseases: The Thick and The Thin with Carol J. Henderson, PhD, RD; Tuesday, February 15, 2005, Recognizing DISH (Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis) and What To Do About It with John Esdaile, MD, MPH; Wednesday, March 16, 2005, Understanding Immunology of Biologics with Stephen J. Rozzo, PhD; Tuesday, April 19, 2005, Differential Diagnosis of Common Forms of Arthritis with Eric P. Gall, MD; Thursday, May 19, 2005, The Role of Adaptive Coping and Other Positive Variables: Helping People with Rheumatic Disease Flourish with Stephen T. Wegener, PhD; and Thursday, June 16, 2005, Biomechanics of the Hand with Pamela B. Harrell, OTR, CHT.

Register for individual sessions ($35 member /$50 non-member) or save when you register for any combination of three sessions ($3 for 90 member/$135 non-member) or sign-up for the complete series of all six calls ($168 member/ $258 non-member). Registration must be received 24 hours before the call in order to receive the materials and call information.

Online registration is available at www.rheumatology.org/arhp/audioconferences or you can download a registration form from this site and mail to: 2005 Audioconference Series Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, 1800 Century Place, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30345.

Pay Your 2005 Dues Online

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  2. ARHP Annual Scientific Meetings
  3. 2005 Audioconference Series
  4. Pay Your 2005 Dues Online
  5. Be an Advocate for Arthritis
  6. Free Patient Brochures

You can pay your 2005 membership dues online. You can also make changes to your professional information. Just go to www.rheumatology.org and select Pay Membership Dues. Remember, your membership runs by calendar year, December 31, 2004 through December 31, 2005.

Be an Advocate for Arthritis

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  2. ARHP Annual Scientific Meetings
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  4. Pay Your 2005 Dues Online
  5. Be an Advocate for Arthritis
  6. Free Patient Brochures

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 attended orientation sessions 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 http://www.rheumatology.org, 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.

Free Patient Brochures

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  2. ARHP Annual Scientific Meetings
  3. 2005 Audioconference Series
  4. Pay Your 2005 Dues Online
  5. Be an Advocate for Arthritis
  6. Free Patient Brochures

The US National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) has free health information available to the public, health professionals, and organizations. Information is available on arthritis, skin disorders, joint problems, and musculoskeletal diseases. Contact the NIAMS (toll-free) at 1-877-22-NIAMS, or view the web site at www.niams.nih.gov/hi. Many of the publications are available in Spanish, and can be printed directly from the web site.

Free information is also available from the US National Institute on Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases-National Resource Center (NIH ORBD-NRC) on the topics of osteoporosis, Paget's disease of bone, osteogenesis imperfecta, primary hyperparathyroidism, and other metabolic bone diseases and disorders. For more information, contact the NIH ORBD-NRC at 1-800-624-Bone, or at www.osteo.org.