RhMSUS Volunteer Opportunities

The ACR’s Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology (RhMSUS) program could not and cannot exist without the time, effort, talent and experience of its volunteer leadership and committee members. RhMSUS welcomes self-nominations or nominations from colleagues for a position on the Oversight Committee, Appeals Subcommittee and as needed the Examination Development Working Groups. Most elected terms are four years with the opportunity to be re-appointed for one additional term.

Submit Volunteer Application

If you are interested in volunteering for RhMSUS, please complete the RhMSUS Volunteer Application. Applications are accepted on a continual basis but a specific call for volunteers will be issued in the summer/fall. Additional opportunities are available from time to time so forms are kept on file for any ad-hoc committees that may be appointed.

RhMSUS Committees

Below are descriptions of the RhMSUS committees along with their current or most recent volunteers.

Oversight Committee

Current Volunteers

  • Veena K. Ranganath, MD, MS, RhMSUS (2020) UCLA, CA Chair
  • Amanda E. Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS, (2020) UNC School of Medicine, NC Chair, Examination Development Groups
  • Fadi Badlissi, MD, MSc, RhMSUS, (2018) Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MA Member-At-Large
  • Laura B. Hughes, MD, MSPH, RhMSUS (2019) University of Alabama, AL Member-At-Large
  • Douglas C. Morrow (2017) Phoenix, AZ Public Member

Roles

  • Develop, implement and monitor fair and defensible eligibility requirements, and certification and recertification policies and procedures
  • Review and approve all examination items
  • Review domains and tasks annually to ensure relevance/currency
  • Review testing data and make recommendations for research studies
  • Coordinate and appoint group and subcommittee members

Desired Expertise

  • Five+ years as an educator or direct supervisor

Time Commitments

  • At least one meeting per year
  • Webinars, conference calls and emails as needed
  • 30 – 50 hours spent on outside work
  • The committee does a fair amount of time-sensitive work via email, requiring that members be extremely responsive and able to work under short timeframes.

Appeals Subcommittee

Current Volunteers

  • Michele Meltzer, MD (2016) Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA Chair
  • Herbert B. Lindsley, MD (2015) Kansas University Medical Center Kansas City, KS Member-At-Large
  • Jean Tayar, MD (2014) UT M D Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX Member-At-Large

Roles

  • Review candidates' appeals when candidates are not satisfied with the original decision of the certification
  • Make recommendations related to certification policies and procedures to oversight committee as needed

Desired Expertise

  • Comprehensive understanding of the ACR's certification policies and procedures

Time Commitments

  • Webinars, conference calls and emails as needed
  • Members are "on call" for issues that arise requiring that members be extremely responsive and able to work under short timeframes

Examination Development: Item Development Group

2012 - 2013 Volunteers

  • Ralf Thiele, MD University of Rochester Rochester, NY Chair
  • Amy M. Evangelisto, MD Arthritis, Rheumatic and Back Disease Associates Voorhees, NJ
  • Jay B. Higgs, MD Department of the Air Force Lackland AFB, TX
  • Midori Jane Nishio, MD Walnut Creek, CA
  • Johannes Roth, MD Children’s Hospital Eastern Ontario Ottawa, ON
  • Jonathan Samuels, MD NYU Hospital for Joint Disease New York, NY
  • Karina Marianne Torralba, MD, MMED Loma Linda University Faculty Medical Office Loma Linda
  • Eugene Y. Kissin, MD Boston University Boston, MA
  • Mario Chavez-Lopez, MD Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • Andrew Concoff, MD St. Jude Medical Group Fullerton, CA
  • Miheala B. Taylor, MD University of California Los Angeles Santa Monica
  • George AW Bruyn, MD, PhD Loenga, Netherlands
  • Lene Terslev, MD Copenhagen University Hospital at Glostrup Copenhagen, Denmark

Roles

  • Write, review, and validate multiple-choice test items

Desired Expertise

  • Must have good understanding of the knowledge and skills required of the minimally competent professional and five+ years as an educator or direct supervisor
  • Skill in question writing is preferred

Time Commitments

  • Submission to item writing bank
  • Webinars, conference calls, and emails as needed

Examination Development: Review and Assembly Group

2013 Volunteers

  • Ralf Thiele, MD University of Rochester nRochester, NY Chair
  • Erin Arnold, MD Illinois Bone and Joint Institute Morton Grove, IL
  • Janeth Yinh, MD Tufts-New England & Medical Center Boston, MA
  • Abraham Chaiton, MD University of Toronto/ Sunybrook Hospital Medical Center Toronto, CA
  • Brian Keroack, MD Rheumatology Associates, MD Portland, ME
  • Mahnaz Momeni, MD George Washington University Hospital Washington, DC

Roles

  • Assemble examination forms according to the examination blueprint, following psychometric and editorial review of the multiple-choice test items

Desired Expertise

  • Must have good understanding of the knowledge and skills required of the minimally competent professional and five+ years as an educator or direct supervisor
  • Skill in question writing is preferred

Time Commitments

  • One two-day meeting in Atlanta for each test
  • Webinars, conference calls and emails as needed

Examination Development: Criterion Group

2013 Volunteers

  • Ralf Thiele, MD University of Rochester Rochester, NY Chair
  • John Nitsche, MD Metairie, LA
  • Ami Ben-Artzi, MD UCLA Santa Monica, CA
  • Charles H. Pritchard, MD Rheumatic Disease Associates Willow Grove, PA
  • Minna J. Kohler, MD Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA
  • Anthony Reginato The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University Providence, RI

Roles

  • Evaluate each test item according to its relevance and difficulty for the minimally-competent professional

Desired Expertise

  • Must have good understanding of the knowledge and skills required of the minimally

Time Commitments

  • One two-day meeting in Atlanta for each test
  • Webinars, conference calls, and emails as needed