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Be a Part of Rheumatology’s Exciting Future

Don’t miss your chance to grab a seat and be a part of the excitement. At this year’s meeting, you will learn about groundbreaking science changing our understanding of autoimmunity and cutting-edge clinical trends to help you optimize patient care. You’ll discover tools and tips to make your rheumatology practice thrive. You’ll find the perfect professional opportunity, make important contacts, and forge relationships to last throughout your career. Most of all, you will be inspired by the stirring lectures and thought-provoking dialogue on topics that are important to you.

The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting has hundreds of sessions to choose from that will educate professionals in every segment of rheumatology. Clinicians, researchers, academicians, practice managers, pediatric rheumatologists, fellows-in-training, advance practice nurses, physician assistants, physical or occupational therapists: Whatever your role, this is the spot to meet your educational needs and pique your curiosity. Get ready for the future of rheumatology… it’s happening now!

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Why You Shouldn’t Miss the Meeting

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There are many reasons why 16,000+ attendees come to the ACR/ARHP Annual meeting.  For some, it’s the 450+ educational sessions designed to boost knowledge and provide the latest information in the field of rheumatology. For others, it’s opportunities to build connections and network with colleagues from around the world.

Reasons to attend include:

  • High impact educational sessions that address the latest science and best practices presented through peer-reviewed and selected clinical and scientific abstracts;
  • Educational tracks to help identify content targeted to area of specialty and interest. Tracks include: Basic Science, Business/Administration, Clinical Practice, Clinical Science, Educators, Pediatrics, Fellows-In-Training, Practice Management, and TechMed;
  • Diverse learning formats and content delivery, including didactic lectures, debates, and interactive sessions designed to maximize your learning experience;
  • Over 30 workshops and 60 Meet the Professor interactive sessions that provide a more intimate learning experience focused on the science that is most relevant to your interest;
  • Global representation of rheumatology experts – over 1,000 speakers and moderators from various countries share their latest research findings and expertise at the meeting, providing clinical, evidence-based and quality focused content;
  • Health professionals can choose from a variety of sessions designed for sub-specialties, such as nurses, advance practice nurses, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, and pharmacists, among others;
  • Formal presentations of new practice guidelines provided to alert the membership and explain, in an open forum, the data supporting guidelines and proposed approaches for implementation.

Global Learning Objectives

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At the conclusion of the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting, participants should be able to:

  • Identify recent developments in the diagnosis and management of patients with rheumatic diseases
  • Outline new technologies for the treatment of rheumatologic problems
  • Describe potential challenges in the delivery of care of patients with rheumatic diseases and to specify possible solutions
  • Utilize new research data to improve the quality of care of patients with rheumatic diseases
  • Summarize recent rheumatology research findings

Session Formats and Descriptions

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ACR Sessions provide an update on the most recent developments in the field of rheumatology and provide instruction to improve patient care. Developments from other specialties and practical patient management skills will be emphasized.

ARHP Sessions offer educational programs of interest to various health professionals. Concurrent sessions include invited speakers; peer-reviewed programs and lectures; and research and special interest abstract sessions.

ACR and ARHP Concurrent Abstract Sessions provide a platform for the presentation of the most up-to-date basic science and clinical research data in the field of rheumatology.  Sessions are grouped by topic or theme and include short oral presentations of high scoring accepted abstracts.

Exhibits and Industry-Supported Sessions provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about the latest technological advances in the treatment of rheumatic diseases within the exhibit hall via various exhibitions and non-CME sessions in the Innovation Theater, we well as evening and post-meeting symposia.

Meet the Professor Sessions provide an opportunity for interaction and consultation with highly respected professionals who have expertise in a particular area. A separate registration is required.

Networking Events provide unique opportunities to socialize and network with peers in smaller group settings.

Poster Sessions include accepted abstracts not selected for oral presentation. Poster sessions are arranged by topic/category.  Presenters are required to accompany their posters during designated poster presentation times.

Pre-meeting Courses offer attendees, with a specific interest, a unique learning opportunity. A separate registration is required. Learn More >

Study Groups bring together attendees with a common interest in one disease, a group of related disorders, or a specialized field of study for discussion and dissemination of information.

Workshops foster hands-on learning, and provide an opportunity for interaction and consultation with highly respected professionals who have expertise in a particular area. A separate registration is required.

Educational Tracks

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The ACR designates sessions using educational tracks that will help you identify the most relevant content based on your specialty or area of interest. Use the following tracks to better navigate the meeting:

Primary Tracks

  • Basic Science (B)
  • Business/Administration (B/A)
  • Clinical Practice (CP)
  • Clinical Science (C)

Secondary Tracks

  • Educators (Ed)
  • Pediatrics (P)
  • Fellows-In-Training (FIT)
  • Practice Management (PM)
  • TechMed

State CME Designations

  • Pain Management
    The ACR designates certain sessions for pain management credit as required by the Medical Board of California (AB487).  This designation is identified by the icon shown and will be placed next to the session title.
  • Patient Safety
    The ACR designates certain sessions that will satisfy patient safety/risk management requirements of the Medical Board of Pennsylvania. This designation is identified by the icon shown and will be placed next to the session title.