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/ARP Annual Meeting is the place to expand your knowledge and skills and pique your curiosity.

Thank You Volunteers

We gratefully acknowledge all of the volunteers who lent their time and expertise to the development of an exceptional program for the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Opening Lecture and Awards

Includes the Presidential Address, Opening Lecture, and recognition of various ACR awards.

Program Highlights

Locate all of the exciting education sessions at the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting.

Premeeting 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 premeeting 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.

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.

Image Competition

Do you have a great case-based rheumatology image? Submit your image to the image competition for a chance to be displayed at the meeting and added to the ACR Rheumatology Image Library collection.

Call for Proposals

Interested in being a part of the biggest stage in rheumatology? See how to submit a proposal for the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting.


The ACR/ARP Annual Meeting will showcase thought leaders from all over the globe. 

Continuing Medical Education

Paid scientific attendees may claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Credit must be claimed with one year of attendance. Attendees can login and go to the My Educational Activities page to claim credits, submit session evaluations, and print certificates and transcripts.

Accreditation Statement
The American College of Rheumatology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American College of Rheumatology designates this live activity for a maximum of 53 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Global Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, participants should be able to:

  • Identify recent developments in the diagnosis and management of patients with rheumatic diseases
  • Outline new technologies for the treatment of rheumatologic problems
  • Describe potential challenges in the delivery of care of patients with rheumatic diseases and specify possible solutions
  • Utilize new research data to improve the quality of care of patients with rheumatic diseases
  • Summarize recent rheumatology research findings

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.

ARP 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 ARP 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

2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting Planning Committee
Under the leadership of Dr. Victoria K. Shanmugam, AMPC Chair, the Annual Meeting Program Committee developed a comprehensive program designed to improve the knowledge, competence, and performance of rheumatology professionals. The content of the Annual Meeting was derived from needs assessment and practice gap analysis, based on professional activities, practice setting, core competencies, and ABIM recertification requirements.

2019 Annual Meeting Planning Committee Disclosures

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