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The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is an ethically-driven, professional membership organization committed to improving the care of patients with rheumatic disease and advancing the rheumatology subspecialty. Founded in 1934, we are a not-for-profit, global medical society that serves over 9,500 physicians, health professionals and scientists worldwide.
The ACR supports its members by providing meaningful education, research, advocacy, and practice support.
The Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), a membership division of the ACR, serves 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.
Established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, The Rheumatology Research Foundation’s, mission is to advance research and training to improve the health of people with rheumatic diseases. The ACR’s Foundation is the largest private funding source of rheumatology research and training programs in the United States and is proud to have received its sixth 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest evaluator of charities.
Everyone will know the essential role and value of the specialty of Rheumatology.
The mission of the American College of Rheumatology is Advancing Rheumatology!
The ACR endorses the following core values in support of our vision and mission:
The ACR’s strategic plan charts the course for the future direction of the College.
Strategic goals represent outcome-oriented statements intended to guide and measure the ACR's future success. The achievement of each goal will move the organization towards the realization of its one-three year envisioned future. These goals are based on the members' feedback and outline where ACR needs to change to remain relevant to its members.
By 2016, the ACR will:
The following articles make up the ACR Bylaws:
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The Code of Ethics of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) applies to the entire ACR, including its Fellows, Members, Staff, and is enforceable solely by the ACR.
The primary purpose of this Code of Ethics is to support the ACR’s mission, which is to Advance Rheumatology! The ACR can succeed in this mission only if it maintains its reputation in the scientific and medical communities and with the general public as a credible, objective and unbiased force whose statements, activities and relationships are beyond reproach.
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The governance of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, a division of the American College of Rheumatology, is structured in the Rules of Procedure.
Joan Von Feldt, MD, MSEd
Sharad Lakhanpal, MBBS, MD
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