Pre-Meeting and Ticketed Sessions

The Pre-Meeting Courses and Ticketed Sessions are a great way to get intensive and effective education on a variety of common rheumatologic and musculoskeletal topics. Whatever your area of practice, you’re sure to find something just for you!

Pre-Meeting Courses and Ticketed Sessions (Meet the Professor Sessions and Workshops) require additional fees to attend. You can add these educational programs to your Annual Meeting registration. ACR will facilitate the receipt of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for all Pre-Meeting Courses and Ticketed Sessions.

Don’t miss these outstanding sessions. Plan to arrive at least two days early to attend Pre-Meeting Courses.

See the list of Pre-Meeting Courses, Meet the Professor Sessions, and Workshops available to you in San Diego in our online program.

Pre-Meeting Courses (November 3 - 4) - $$

Pre-Meeting Courses offer attendees a unique learning opportunity in specific topic areas. They are held at the San Diego Convention Center beginning November 3. Registration includes course materials, continental breakfast, and boxed lunch.

  • Basic Research Conference: The Interface of Innate and Adaptive Immunity in Rheumatic Diseases (2 days)
  • Clinical Research Conference: Precision Medicine in Rheumatic Diseases: Hopes and Challenges (2 days)
  • 2017 MOC Annual Meeting Course – ABIM 2017 Update in Rheumatology (November 3)
  • 2017 ACR Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course for Rheumatologists (2 days)
  • ACR Coding Clinic: Addressing Information Security, Risk, and Compliance (November 3)
  • Review Course (November 4)
  • Clinical Focus Course: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: Taming the Wolf Salient Lessons From Practice and Research (November 4)
  • Practice Management Course: Refocusing Your Practice: Innovation, Improvement, and Insights for Today's Rheumatology Practice (November 4)

Meet the Professor Sessions (November 5 - 7) - $$

Meet the Professor Sessions provide an opportunity for interaction and consultation with highly esteemed individuals who have expertise in a particular area. These sessions are 90 minutes in length and will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront beginning November 5. Registration includes course materials.

Annual Meeting attendees will have over 60 Meet the Professor Sessions to choose from. Topics include:

  • Behçet's Syndrome
  • Controversies in Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Crystal: Diagnosis and Management of Gout
  • Cutaneous Vasculitis
  • Dermatological Manifestations of Rheumatic Diseases

Workshops (November 5 - 7) - $$

Workshops foster hands-on learning in an interactive environment with highly respected professionals with specialized expertise. Workshops are two hours in length and will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront beginning November 5. Registration includes course materials.

Annual Meeting attendees will be able to choose from over 30 workshops covering numerous topic areas such as:

  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Image Optimization and Pathology Recognition
  • Clinical Anatomy and Physical Exam: Essential Tools in Lower Extremity Regional Pain Syndromes
  • X-ray Challenges in Rheumatic Diseases
  • Beyond Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for Rheumatologists
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Peripheral Joints in Rheumatology Practice
  • Synovial Fluid Analysis and Crystal Identification

Rheumatology Training Programs Pre-Meeting Sessions (November 3)

The target audience for the training and workforce pre-meeting sessions include division directors, program directors, and rheumatology fellows-in-training (FITs). These sessions are held at the San Diego Convention Center on November 3. If you have any questions related to these sessions, contact

  • Division Directors’ Forum (11:30 AM - 1:30 PM): The Division Directors’ Forum will expose attendees to key issues involved in running successful academic divisions of rheumatology.
  • Program Directors’ Forum (3:00 PM – 5:00 PM): The Program Directors' Forum will provide attendees with updates within the ACR Committee on Training and Workforce Issues, the 2018-2022 ACR Strategic Plan, and more.
  • Fellows-in-Training (FIT) Educational Session (3:00 PM – 5:00 PM): This educational session will allow fellows-in-training to hear updates from the ACR Fellows Subcommittee, learn about preparing for the boards, and explore career opportunities through round table discussions. FIT Annual Meeting travel scholarship recipients are required to attend this session. For any questions about the FIT Educational Session, contact
  • FIT, Program Director, Division Director, and Sponsor Networking Event (5:00 PM – 5:45 PM): Attendees are invited to network with the training and workforce community.
  • Fellows' Symposium - The Pipeline: Drug Discovery and Drug Development (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM): The ACR is excited to announce a NEW Fellows’ Symposium immediately following the FIT Educational Session. Fellows-in-Training, Division Directors, and Program Directors are encouraged to attend and hear from industry and academia speakers regarding drug discovery and drug development. Dinner and drinks will be provided.

Registration for the Division Directors’ and Program Directors’ Forums, Sponsor Networking Event, and the Fellows' Symposium is closed.