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Lifetime Achievement AwardBack to Top

This award is the highest honor that the ARHP bestows. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a current or former member of ARHP whose career has demonstrated a sustained and lasting contribution to the field of rheumatology and rheumatology health professionals.

Eligibility

 A nominee's award application will be evaluated based on the following content:
  1. Volunteer service to ARHP (e.g., committee member, representative to ACR and Foundation committees and/or task force member).
  2. Have at least 10 consecutive years of membership in either:
    • American College of Rheumatology
    • Arthritis Health Professions Association
    • Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals
     
  3. Evidence that:
    • A major portion of the candidate's work has been devoted to arthritis-related issues.
    • Unique and distinguished contributions to one or more of the following; research, health care, education and service, for example:
      • program of research that has led to new knowledge or unique insights concerning rheumatic disease
      • he development of a unique and validated approach to patient care, patient or professional education, or other issues relevant to rheumatology
      • istinguished service to patients and patient-related issues
      • istinguished leadership in the ARHP or related organizations
       
     
 

Award Terms and Funding

Recipients receive a financial honoraria established by the ARHP Executive committee and an award.

Candidates for all ARHP Merit Awards except the Lifetime Achievement awards shall be in good standing of ARHP/ACR. Candidates for the Lifetime Achievement Award shall have been a member of ARHP for at least 10 consecutive years. Members that are currently serving as officers on the Executive and/or Nominations committee members of ARHP are not eligible for any awards. Nominations committee members shall not submit any nominations during their year of service. Awards are limited to no more than two recipients in each category per year and if no one is elected, the award will not be presented that year.

Governing Committee

ARHP Membership & Nominations Committee

Deadline

The nominations deadline has passed.

Apply

The nominations deadline has passed.

Decision Notification

Announced during the Annual Scientific Meeting each year.

The 2013 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award is Marilee K. Phillips, RN. For a complete list of past recipients click here.


Addie Thomas Service AwardBack to Top

The Addie Thomas Service Award is presented to an ARHP member in honor of our Association's first president and recognizes individuals who have been an active volunteer involved with local, regional and national arthritis-related activities.

Eligibility

 A nominee's award application will be evaluated based on the following content:
  1. Volunteer service to ARHP (e.g., committee member, representative to ACR and Foundation committees and/or task force member).
  2. Length of volunteer service in the field of rheumatology (e.g., professional organizations and/or community service), and specific nature of the volunteer activity.
    • Volunteer service involves activities separate from one’s usual employment responsibilities. (For example, working at a summer camp for children with rheumatic disease would not count as volunteer service if it is an expected part of an individual’s employment.)
     
  3. Impact of volunteer and leadership contributions to:
    • Local/regional arthritis related activities including arthritis and rheumatology-related organizations (e.g. Lupus or Arthritis Foundation and local organizations).
    • National arthritis related activities including arthritis and rheumatology related organizations (e.g., ARHP and other arthritis and rheumatology-related organizations).
     
  4. Past Presidents of ARHP/ACR are not eligible for the Addie Thomas Service Award for work related to their presidency.
 

Award Terms and Funding

Recipients receive a financial honoraria established by the ARHP Executive committee and an award.

Candidates for all ARHP Merit Awards except the Lifetime Achievement awards shall be in good standing of ARHP/ACR. ARHP/ACR/RRF officers and ARHP Membership and Nominations Committee Members are not eligible to receive ARHP Merit Awards during their term as an Officer/Committee Members. Membership & Nominations committee members shall not submit any nominations during their year of service.

Governing Committee

ARHP Membership & Nominations Committee

Deadline

The nominations deadline has passed.

Apply

The nominations deadline has passed.

Decision Notification

Announced during the Annual Scientific Meeting each year.

The 2013 recipient of the Addie Thomas Service Award is Sandra J. Mintz, BSN. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


Ann Kunkel Advocacy AwardBack to Top

Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award is presented to an ARHP member with a history of advocating at local, regional and national levels. It is named in honor of ARHP member Ann Kunkel, a patient educator in pediatric rheumatology whose enthusiasm and persistence has inspired many members to join the effort to increase arthritis awareness.

Eligibility

A nominee's award application will be evaluated based on the following content:
  1. Volunteer service to ARHP (e.g., committee member, representative to ACR and RRF committees and/or task force member).
  2. Sustained advocacy work for patients and/or health professionals in rheumatology (on local, regional or national levels). Examples would include frequent contact with legislators (phone calls, letters, and Capitol Hill visits) to lobby for rheumatology issues that affect patients and/or the health professionals who serve them.
  3. Breadth of advocacy efforts – advocacy efforts should not only be in one narrow domain (e.g., lobbying, access to care for individual patients and/or patient groups) may be more broadly based and not confined to a single issue or a single legislative target).
  4. Impact of advocacy efforts. Partly through the advocacy efforts of this ARHP member, there have been positive changes and improvement in quality of life and care.
Advocacy is the pursuit of influencing outcomes, including public-policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions on behalf of patients or health professionals.

Award Terms and Funding

Candidates for all ARHP Merit Awards except the Lifetime Achievement awards shall be in good standing of ARHP/ACR. ARHP/ACR/RRF officers and ARHP Membership and Nominations Committee Members are not eligible to receive ARHP Merit Awards during their term as an Officer/Committee Members. Membership & Nominations committee members shall not submit any nominations during their year of service.

Governing Committee

ARHP Membership & Nominations Committee

Deadline

The nominations deadline has passed.

Apply

The nominations deadline has passed.

Decision Notification

Announced during the Annual Scientific Meeting each year.

The 2013 recipient of the Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award is Carole V. Dodge, OT, CHT. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


Distinguished Scholar AwardBack to Top

The ARHP Distinguished Scholar Award is presented to an ARHP Member who demonstrates exceptional achievements in scholarly activities pertinent to arthritis and the rheumatic diseases.

Eligibility

A nominee's award application will be evaluated based on the following content:

  1. Volunteer service to ARHP (e.g., committee member, representative to ACR and Foundation committees and/or task force member).
  2. Publication of papers in refereed journals and their impact.
  3. Publication of books or monographs and their impact.
  4. Publication of book chapters, abstracts or non-refereed articles.
  5. Grants awarded.
  6. Professional and scientific presentations based upon the individual's expertise.
  7. Editor or editorial board member for a refereed journal, or other substantive contributions as a peer reviewer.
  8. Sustained scholarly contributions to the ACR/ARHP scientific meetings.
  9. Development of a creative work, program, or product (e.g., media, educational, research or assessment tool).
  10. Mentorship of students and young investigators. 
 

Award Terms and Funding

Recipients receive a financial honoraria established by the ARHP Executive committee and an award.

Candidates for all ARHP Merit Awards except the Lifetime Achievement awards shall be in good standing of ARHP/ACR. ARHP/ACR/RRF officers and ARHP Membership and Nominations Committee Members are not eligible to receive ARHP Merit Awards during their term as an Officer/Committee Members. Membership & Nominations committee members shall not submit any nominations during their year of service.

Governing Committee

ARHP Membership & Nominations Committee

Deadline

The nominations deadline has passed.

Apply

The nominations deadline has passed.

Decision Notification

Announced during the Annual Scientific Meeting each year.

The 2013 recipients of the Distinguished Scholar Award are Monique A. Gignac, PhD and Brett D. Thombs, PhD. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


Distinguished Clinician AwardBack to Top

The ARHP Distinguished Clinician Award (formerly known as Master Clinician Award) is presented to an ARHP member who is engaged in clinical practice and demonstrates outstanding clinical expertise in arthritis and the rheumatic diseases.

Eligibility

A nominee must have a minimum of five years full-time clinical experience in the field of rheumatology and will be evaluated based on the following content.

  1. Volunteer service to ARHP (e.g., committee member, representative to ACR and Foundation committees and/or task force member).
  2. Expert clinical management of persons with rheumatic diseases and:
    • Evidence of:
      • Outstanding clinical knowledge, skills and professional competence.
      • An active commitment to the field of rheumatology.
       
    • Contributions to advancing the art and science of rheumatology.
    • Dissemination of clinical knowledge and expertise through presentations, workshops, publications, participation in research, etc.
    • Compassionate patient care and possessing excellent technical skills as reported by professional colleagues, students and/or patients (summarized within the nominations or support letters).
     
 

Award Terms and Funding

Recipients receive a financial honoraria established by the ARHP Executive committee and an award.

Candidates for all ARHP Merit Awards except the Lifetime Achievement awards shall be in good standing of ARHP/ACR. ARHP/ACR/RRF officers and ARHP Membership and Nominations Committee Members are not eligible to receive ARHP Merit Awards during their term as an Officer/Committee Members. Nominations committee members shall not submit any nominations during their year of service.

Governing Committee

ARHP Membership & Nominations Committee

Deadline

The nominations deadline has passed.

Apply

The nominations deadline has passed.

Decision Notification

Announced during the Annual Scientific Meeting each year.

The 2013 recipient of the Master Clinician Award is Jennifer Trizuto, MPT. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


Distinguished Educator AwardBack to Top

The Distinguished Educator Award (formerly known as Master Educator Award) is presented to an ARHP member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching of health professional students, medical students, residents, graduate students, and/or fellows, with their primary focus being rheumatology related content.

Eligibility

A nominee's award application will be evaluated based on the following content:
  1. Volunteer service to ARHP (e.g., committee member, representative to ACR and RRF committees and/or task force member).
  2. Documented teaching experience/ activities (formal courses, lectures, workshops, teaching in a clinical setting, developing courses, and mentorship) of at least 10 years.
  3. Documented excellence in teaching (consistently receiving high ratings for teaching activities by students and peers, having received a previous departmental or school-wide award for excellence in teaching).
  4. Two letters of support of the nominee, preferably one from a colleague, chair, or division director and one from a former student.
  5. The nomination letters of support and the nominee's CV should document that this health professional meets the above criteria.
Candidates for all ARHP Merit Awards except the Lifetime Achievement awards shall be in good standing of ARHP/ACR. ARHP/ACR/RRF officers and ARHP Membership and Nominations Committee Members are not eligible to receive ARHP Merit Awards during their term as an Officer/Committee Members. Nominations committee members shall not submit any nominations during their year of service.

Award Terms and Funding

Recipients receive a financial honoraria established by the ARHP Executive committee and an award.

Governing Committee

ARHP Membership & Nominations Committee

Deadline

The nominations deadline has passed.

Apply

The nominations deadline has passed.

Decision Notification

Announced during the Annual Scientific Meeting each year.

The 2013 recipient of the Master Educator Award is Michael LaValley, PhD. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.


ARHP President's AwardBack to Top

The ARHP President's Award is awarded the ARHP/ACR member or team performing outstanding service within the present year in advancing the goals, ideals, and standards of ARHP.

Eligibility

Only ARHP/ACR members are eligible. This award is given out at the ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting at the discretion of the ARHP president.

Award Terms and Funding

Recipients receive an award determined by the ARHP President.

Governing Committee

ARHP Membership & Nominations Committee

Deadline

N/A

Apply

N/A

Decision Notification

Announced during the Annual Scientific Meeting each year.

The 2013 recipient of the ARHP President's Award is Daniel F. Battafarano, DO, MACP, FACR. For a complete list of past recipients, click here.