American College of Rheumatology Expands Access to Rheumatology Research through Education Partners Program December 19, 2019 New Program Offers Multimedia Options for Online Learning ATLANTA – The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is piloting a new program called “ACR Education Partners” that provides an opportunity for rheumatology professionals to consume research from the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting via multimedia video and audio platforms. The pilot is part of the ACR’s overall efforts to provide learners with deeper, more diverse education experiences outside of attending medical conferences. As part of the pilot, a call for proposals was conducted in spring of 2019 to identify education companies that could help develop the new learning opportunities. The two companies chosen for this year were: Infomedica – a digital learning education provider who will be developing a digital library of videos, summaries and downloadable slides in a variety of languages for distance learners; and CME Outfitters – an accredited continuing medical education provider who will be creating a podcast series that will launch January 2020 with recaps from the meeting grouped by major disease area for learners who prefer to listen on the go. 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting attendees will have access to a library of user-friendly abstract summaries, videos and podcasts to help them continue their learning past the meeting and provide mediums outside of a traditional conference setting. Attendees will have access to the new learning tools through the organization’s ACR Beyond platform. The platform also features recorded presentation of sessions from the meeting and is included as a complimentary benefit for all meeting attendees. For more information on the program, visit Education Partners. Media Contact: Jocelyn Givensjgivens@rheumatology.org 404-929-4810 ###The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is an international medical society representing over 8,500 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals with a mission to empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty. In doing so, the ACR offers education, research, advocacy and practice management support to help its members continue their innovative work and provide quality patient care. Rheumatologists are experts in the diagnosis, management and treatment of more than 100 different types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases. About the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting The ACR/ARP Annual Meeting is the premier meeting in rheumatology. With more than 450 sessions and thousands of abstracts, it offers a superior combination of basic science, clinical science, tech-med courses, career enhancement education and interactive discussions on improving patient care. For more information about the meeting, visit Annual Meeting.