Education

ACR's first-rate education program showcases cutting edge and timely topics in rheumatology, as well as the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of rheumatic diseases and related comorbid conditions.

This year’s program has hundreds of sessions to educate professionals in every segment of rheumatology. Clinicians, researchers, academicians, practice managers, pediatric rheumatologists, fellows-in-training, advance practice nurses, physician assistants, physical or occupational therapists: Whatever your role, the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting is the place to expand your knowledge and skills and pique your curiosity.

General Education Information

Opening Lecture and Awards
Includes the Presidential Address, Opening Lecture, and recognition of various ACR awards. Get ready to be inspired by this year’s Opening Lecturer Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director of National Institutes of Health NIAID.

Program Highlights
Locate all of the exciting education sessions at the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting. Detailed ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting education offerings will be available in May.

Pre-Meeting Courses and Ticketed Sessions
These are a great way to obtain an intensive and effective education on a variety of common rheumatologic and musculoskeletal topics. A separate registration is required for all pre-meeting courses and ticketed sessions.

Knowledge Bowl
Knowledge Bowl is an interactive session modeled after the gameshow, “Jeopardy.” Teams are composed of fellows and faculty members who compete by answering questions related to the field of rheumatology. (ACR accepted team applications March 20 - May 12.)

Thieves’ Market
Thieves’ Market is an interactive session where fascinating clinical cases relevant to rheumatology are presented in short presentations. Session participants will have the opportunity to compare their diagnostic and management strategies to those of other rheumatologists in this interactive session. (ACR accepted cases April 3 - May 19.)

Call for Proposals
Interested in being a part of the biggest stage in rheumatology? Submit a proposal for the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.

Faculty
The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting will showcase thought leaders from all over the globe. Check back in August to see the complete speaker line-up.


Annual Meeting Session Types

ACR Sessions provide an update on the most recent developments in the field of rheumatology and provide instruction to improve patient care. Developments from other specialties and practical patient management skills will be emphasized.

ARHP Sessions offer educational programs of interest to various health professionals. Concurrent sessions include invited speakers; peer-reviewed programs and lectures; and research and special interest abstract sessions.

ACR and ARHP Concurrent Abstract Sessions provide a platform for the presentation of the most up-to-date basic science and clinical research data in the field of rheumatology.  Sessions are grouped by topic or theme and include short oral presentations of high scoring accepted abstracts.

Exhibits and Industry-Supported Sessions provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about the latest technological advances in the treatment of rheumatic diseases within the exhibit hall via various exhibitions and non-CME sessions in the Innovation Theater, we well as evening and post-meeting symposia.

Meet the Professor Sessions provide an opportunity for interaction and consultation with highly respected professionals who have expertise in a particular area. A separate registration is required.

Networking Events provide unique opportunities to socialize and network with peers in smaller group settings.

Poster Sessions include accepted abstracts not selected for oral presentation. Poster sessions are arranged by topic/category.  Presenters are required to accompany their posters during designated poster presentation times.

Pre-meeting Courses offer attendees, with a specific interest, a unique learning opportunity. A separate registration is required.

Study Groups bring together attendees with a common interest in one disease, a group of related disorders, or a specialized field of study for discussion and dissemination of information.

Workshops foster hands-on learning, and provide an opportunity for interaction and consultation with highly respected professionals who have expertise in a particular area. A separate registration is required.

Disclosure Information

2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Under the leadership of Dr. Richard Loeser, AMPC Chair, the Annual Meeting Program Committee was able to develop a comprehensive program designed to improve the knowledge, competence, and performance of rheumatology professionals. The content of the annual meeting was derived from both needs assessment and practice gap analysis, based on professional activities, practice setting, core competencies, and ABIM recertification requirements.

See 2017 Annual Meeting Planning Committee Disclosures >

Thank you to the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting Planning Committee for their outstanding leadership. Their significant contributions and expertise make the annual meeting the premier event for specialists in the field of rheumatology.