First Time Attendees

As a first-time Annual Meeting attendee, get ready to experience unparalleled education to boost your knowledge and skills in the field of rheumatology. You’ll also find an abundance of networking opportunities to build connections with colleagues from around the world.

Wondering what you can expect at Annual Meeting?

  • High impact educational sessions that address the latest science and best practices presented through peer-reviewed and selected clinical and scientific abstracts;
  • Educational tracks to help identify content targeted to area of specialty and interest. Tracks include: Basic Science, Business/Administration, Clinical Practice, Clinical Science, Educators, Pediatrics, Fellows-In-Training, Practice Management, and TechMed;
  • Diverse learning formats and content delivery, including didactic lectures, debates, and interactive sessions designed to maximize your learning experience;
  • Over 30 workshops and 60 Meet the Professor interactive sessions that provide a more intimate learning experience focused on the science that is most relevant to your interest;
  • Global representation of rheumatology experts – over 1,000 speakers and moderators from various countries share their latest research findings and expertise at the meeting, providing clinical, evidence-based and quality focused content;
  • Health professionals can choose from a variety of sessions designed for sub-specialties, such as nurses, advance practice nurses, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, and pharmacists, among others;
  • Formal presentations of new practice guidelines provided to alert the membership and explain, in an open forum, the data supporting guidelines and proposed approaches for implementation.

A Special Session for First-Time Attendees

You're invited to the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting First-Timers Orientation on November 5 from 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM at the San Diego Convention Center. Presenters will offer valuable advice on how to get the most out of your Annual Meeting experience.

First-Timer Tips

  • Know the Program: You can download the preview or program in advance either through the Annual Meeting website or the Annual Meeting App.
  • Registration Includes: Remember that your scientific registration provides you access to a host of activities - the Opening Session, Scientific Sessions, Poster Sessions, Abstract Sessions, and Exhibit Hall.
  • CME Credits: Registered attendees can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits from over 450+ sessions over the duration of the Annual Meeting.
  • Meals and Attire: The Annual Meeting dress code is business casual. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and wearing layers as it can be cold in the meeting rooms. There are plenty of paid food options at the San Diego Convention Center, however we know eating out can get expensive, so take advantage of the complimentary food options at the Opening Reception, ARHP Networking Forums, Innovation Theater, and daily snacks on the Exhibit Hall.
  • Travel and Hotel: ACR negotiates special discounted rates for Annual Meeting attendees. Be sure to book your travel arrangements on our Registration page.
  • Networking: Connect with your colleagues ahead of time on the Annual Meeting Mobile App, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. 

The American College of Rheumatology is pleased to welcome you to your first Annual Meeting in San Diego, November 3 - 8, 2017. Our goal is to ensure your experience at the Annual Meeting is one that is memorable and contributes to your success. If at any time you have any questions concerning the meeting, contact us.