Frequently Asked Questions

See frequently asked questions about the ACR's all-virtual annual meeting - ACR Convergence 2020.


What is ACR Convergence?
ACR Convergence is the new name of the ACR’s annual meeting beginning in 2020.

Why is ACR Convergence 2020 going virtual only?
Due to public health/safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACR’s in-person 2020 annual meeting, originally scheduled to be held November 6-11 in Washington, D.C., will be a fully virtual meeting.

What does a fully virtual meeting mean?
The entire meeting will take place online. ACR Convergence will include oral and poster discussion presentations, track-based clinical and basic science symposia, opportunities to engage with speakers and participants, as well as an exhibition and several special events.

What will be included in the 2020 program?
The 2020 Online Program is available online. Confirmed speakers are added daily.

When will ACR Convergence 2020 be held?
ACR Convergence 2020 will start on November 5 and end on November 9 with extended programming on November 10 and November 21. All sessions will be recorded and made available to access on demand until March 11, 2021. View current program information

What does the extended program include?
The Review Course, the Practice Management & Coding Update, and the Radiology Bootcamp will be held on November 10. The Basic Research Course and the Clinical Research Course will be held November 21.

What platform will be used?
The ACR will host ACR Convergence 2020 on a new platform, which will provide participants with new features and functionality. Orientation information and advanced access will open on November 4.

Will ACR Convergence 2020 offer CME credit and ABIM MOC points?
CME credit and ABIM MOC points will be offered for ACR Convergence 2020. View CME and MOC information

What is the hashtag for ACR Convergence 2020?
Follow @ACRheum on Twitter for real-time updates and use the official hashtag: #ACR20

I am an ACR volunteer and was planning to attend an ACR committee meeting during ACR Convergence 2020. How will the all-virtual format impact the committee meetings?
All in-person, ACR-hosted committee meetings and events in Washington, D.C. have been canceled for the remainder of 2020 and may be rescheduled. ACR staff liaisons will contact you directly with updated information.

I usually host an affiliate event during the annual meeting. Will the ACR offer options for my group to participate in ACR Convergence 2020?
Participants will have the option to schedule 1:1 and small-group private meetings within the platform.  Instructions will be able provided in October.  Updated instructions for affiliate meetings and events organized by exhibitors, universities, non-profit organizations, and government entities are now available. Learn more about opportunities for affiliate meetings and events.


How do I register for ACR Convergence 2020?
Online registration for ACR Convergence is now open.

Is registration for ACR Convergence required?
Registration is required for all participants.

What are the registration fees for ACR Convergence?
This year we are offering the following three unique passes to ACR Convergence 2020:

  • All-Access Pass
  • Day Pass
  • COVID-19 Pass
View registration fees.


Which pass is best for me?
The all-access pass is your all-inclusive access to ACR Convergence 2020. If you are planning to attend more than one day and desire on demand access following the conclusion of the meeting, we recommend you select the all-access pass, which includes:

  • Advance access on November 4
  • 200+ educational sessions and oral abstracts with LIVE Q&A and 2,000+ posters
  • Community Hubs, multiple networking opportunities, including the option to schedule 1:1 and small-group private meetings, Exhibits, Innovation Theaters, and Industry-Supported Symposia
  • Extended programming, which includes November 10: Review Course, Practice Management & Coding Update, and Radiology Bootcamp and November 21: Basic Research Conference and Clinical Research Conference
  • 24/7 on-demand access to the session recordings, Poster Hall, Community Hubs, and Exhibits until March 11, 2021


What access do I receive with the Day Pass?
If you are not able to participate in the entire meeting, consider purchasing a Day Pass, which provides access to the educational sessions and oral abstracts with LIVE Q&A offered on the day of your pass, plus access to the Poster Hall, Community Hubs, and Exhibits.

What is the COVID-19 Pass?
Each day, ACR leaders and experts in the field, including Anthony Fauci, MD, will share timely insights about the impact of COVID-19. This special pass includes access to following six sessions.

  1. COVID-19 Around the World: Impact on Rheumatology
  2. COVID-19: Special Lecture from Dr. Anthony Fauci
  3. Pediatric COVID-19 Hyper-Inflammation: Decipher Clues & Enhance Collaborations
  4. COVID-19: Developing a Vaccine During a Pandemic
  5. Beyond the ICU, What's Next in the Recovery of COVID Patients?
  6. Repurposing Medications for the COVID-19 Pandemic: Basic Science Symposium
Sessions will be available on demand following the conclusion of the meeting.


I received complimentary registration for the ACR Convergence in-person meeting in Washington, D.C. Will that be transferred to the virtual meeting?
ACR staff will contact you directly and provide you with options that will allow you to participate in ACR Convergence 2020 or defer your complimentary registration until 2021.

I won a competition last year (Knowledge Bowl, Thieves Market, Image Competition, etc.) and was supposed to receive benefits for this year’s meeting. What benefits will I be eligible for now that the meeting is going virtual?
ACR staff will contact you directly and provide you with options that will allow you to participate in ACR Convergence 2020 or defer your complimentary registration until 2021.


Has the embargo date changed?
To coincide with the virtual meeting start date, information that goes beyond that contained in the abstract (e.g., discussion of the abstract done as part of a scientific presentation or presentation of additional new information that will be available at the time of the meeting) is under embargo until November 2 at 2:00 PM ET.

I submitted an abstract for ACR Convergence 2020, when will I receive notification if it has been accepted?
Thank you for your submission. Authors were notified in September.

What is the late-breaking abstract submission deadline?
The late-breaking abstract submission site closed September 29. Late-breaking abstract authors will be notified mid-October. View submission details

Should I still plan to submit my research?
Rheumatology research is crucial for the progression of the specialty and advancement of patient care. Now more than ever, we encourage you to submit your abstract. All accepted abstracts will be published, and the virtual meeting will include oral and poster discussion presentations. The late-breaking abstract submission site closed September 29. Please be assured that your work will receive the attention it deserves at ACR Convergence 2020!

I have submitted an abstract. How will this impact me?
If your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to present an oral or poster presentation virtually. Accepted abstracts will be published in a special online supplement to Arthritis & Rheumatology. Upon publication, the availability of the supplement will be publicized by Wiley via a number of channels. In addition, non-ACR/ARP members will receive the 20% discount (normally reserved for members) on the ACR Open Rheumatology article publication charge for accepted articles reporting on the study that was initially described in the abstract.

Is the ACR accepting research related to COVID-19?
Yes. We encourage you to share your research. COVID-19 is now available as an abstract keyword. The late-breaking abstract submission site closed September 29. Please make sure you select this keyword if your abstract is related to COVID-19.

Knowledge Bowl

Will the Knowledge Bowl be held virtually as part of ACR Convergence 2020?
Yes, the Knowledge Bowl will be held.

Can I still register a team for the Knowledge Bowl?
Knowledge Bowl team registration is closed.

We registered a team to participate in the Knowledge Bowl. How will this impact us?
The ACR notified all teams of their eligibility status and updated plans in September.

Patient Perspectives Program

I have submitted a story to the Patient Perspectives Program. How will this impact me?
Thank you for your submission. Accepted authors were invited to provide an oral or poster presentation virtually in September.

Study Groups

I am a study group coordinator. Will I still be able to host my study group?
We are pleased to confirm study groups will be held during ACR Convergence 2020. The ACR has revised the 2020 schedule and contacted the study group coordinators directly.

Faculty (Speakers and Moderators)

I was invited to provide a presentation. How will this change impact me?
Thank you for your patience. Revised speaker agreements have been issued and ACR staff are are currently working to confirm all speakers.

I was invited to moderate a session. Will I be expected to moderate virtually?
We respectfully request you hold the dates of November 5 - 9 for the scheduled presentation you were asked to moderate. ACR staff contacted moderators in August.

Scholarship Program

Will the ACR still provide complimentary registration for fellows in training to participate in ACR Convergence?
The Fellows Scholarship Program will continue to support registration for eligible fellows in training. Instructions were sent to training directors to update training program account information. Updating program account information will allow the ACR to provide timely information to fellows and verify eligibility for FIT scholarships.

Will the ACR still offer the fellows premeeting session and symposium?
The fellows’ activities will be incorporated into the program and held during November 5 - 9.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

How can I become an exhibitor or sponsor for ACR Convergence 2020?
Thank you for your support. The deadline to apply to exhibit was October 7. Sponsor deadlines vary based on sponsorship opportunity. Several new and exciting opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors are now available on the exhibits page.

Education Partners

Are there opportunities to partner with the ACR?
The ACR seeks quality education partners to help share and reinforce ACR Convergence content year-round through the Education Partner Program. Submission for ACR Convergence 2020 is closed. The deadline to apply was September 4.

Rheumatology Research Foundation

I am a current Foundation awardee and was supposed to receive benefits for this year’s meeting. What benefits will I be eligible for now that the meeting is going virtual?
Foundation staff will follow up with you directly and provide you with options that will allow you to participate in ACR Convergence 2020 or defer your travel stipend and complimentary registration until 2021.

Will the Foundation still fund abstract awards for students and residents?
View updated information from Foundation-funded ACR Convergence awards.


Will there be press conferences?
Yes, press conferences will be held. Please visit the ACR press page for more information.

I am a member of the press. How should I register?
Press registration is open. View details

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