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About the ACR

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The American College of Rheumatology's mission is advancing rheumatology! The organization represents over 9,400 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals around the world. The ACR offers its members the support they need to ensure that they are able to continue their innovative work by providing programs of education, research, advocacy , and practice support.


The Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, a division of the American College of Rheumatology, is a professional membership society composed of non-physician health care professionals specializing in rheumatology, such as advanced practice nurses, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, epidemiologists, physician assistants, educators, clinicians, researchers, research coordinators and office staff. 

The ACR provides professional education for its members through several venues. The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting, held each fall, is the premier scientific meeting devoted to the rheumatic diseases. This meeting draws thousands of rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals from around the world. Professional meetings and online courses round out the ACR's educational offerings.

The ACR publishes Arthritis & Rheumatology, the premier scientific journal for research in the rheumatic diseases. Arthritis Care & Research is published by the ARHP. This journal focuses on the health services and clinical aspects of rheumatology.

Rheumatology Research Foundation

The Rheumatology Research Foundation, mission is to advance research and training to improve the health of people with rheumatic diseases. Established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the ACR’s Foundation is the largest private funding source of rheumatology research and training programs in the United States.