General Meeting Information

ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s 2020 annual meeting will be in Washington, D.C. November 6 - 11. Close to 16,000 rheumatologists, rheumatology health professionals, fellows in training, and exhibitors from more than 100 countries are expected to gather to experience the latest scientific advances, clinical issues, professional development, and more.

Registration is required for admittance to scientific sessions, abstract sessions, exhibits, posters, award presentations, and other meeting events, unless otherwise indicated in the program schedule. The official language of the annual meeting is English.

Location Information

ACR Convergence will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Attendance Justification Toolkit

Justifying the expense and time away from your office to attend the annual meeting can sometimes be a challenge. ACR's Attendance Justification Toolkit offers tips and suggestions on how to communicate the return-on-investment to your supervisor. The toolkit includes:

  • General tips
  • Reasons your employer should send you to ACR Convergence
  • How to justify conference attendance
  • Sample expense worksheet
  • Sample cost benefit worksheet
  • Justification letter

Coming soon

Attendee Services

Attire/Dress Code
Attire at ACR Convergence is business casual. Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers.

Child Care Services
At the annual meeting, ACR will provide child care for children between the ages of 6 months and 12 years for a fee. Children will participate in age-appropriate activities in a safe environment while you enjoy the meeting. Register early by completing KiddieCorp’s registration form. The advance registration deadline is October 11. Due to the limited availability, KiddieCorp requires full payment upon completion of the registration form to hold reservations.

Coat and Baggage Check
Coat and luggage check will be available at the convention center for a small fee.

Lost and Found
Please visit the ACR office at the convention to look for lost items or turn in items found.

There are food concessions throughout the convention center and many restaurants nearby. Information will be available in the registration area.

Note: ACR does not provide meals as part of the registration fee unless indicated for a premeeting course. However, light snacks will be provided in the Exhibit Hall.

Nursing Mother’s Room
A Mother’s Room will be available for all nursing attendees at the convention center. Please check with the ACR Help Desk for location information.

Prayer Room
A prayer/meditation room will be available at the convention center. Please check with the ACR Help Desk for location information.

Shuttle Service
Shuttle bus service to/from the convention center will be provided from hotels designated as non-walking hotels November 6 - 11. This service is complimentary for attendees and registered guests who booked their rooms through ACR Housing.

Wheelchair and Scooter Rental
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters may be reserved in advance from Scootaround for delivery to your hotel or the convention center. Contact Scootaround at 888-441-7575 or 204-982-0657.

Wi-Fi Access
Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in all meeting rooms at the convention center. Access Wi-Fi using network ACR2020. No password is required.

Continuing Medical Education

Career Fair

Career Fair
The ACR Career Fair is a great, high-energy event where employers can meet qualified, motivated candidates face to face.

Details coming soon

Whether you're seeking a new position or looking for new talent, the ACR CareerConnection is a great way to connect with the people who will help boost your career or your healthcare organization’s success. The ACR's CareerConnection is located in the Exhibit Hall at the ACR Hub.

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. The annual meeting program incorporates diverse learning formats and content delivery, including didactic lectures, debates, and interactive sessions designed to maximize your learning experience. You’ll also find an abundance of networking opportunities to build connections with colleagues from around the world.

Our goal is to ensure your experience at ACR Convergence is one that is memorable and contributes to your success. If at any time you have any questions about the meeting, contact us.

First Timer Tips

Registration - Know What’s Included
Your scientific registration provides access to a host of activities: the opening session, scientific sessions, poster sessions, abstract sessions, and the exhibit hall. General registration does not include access to premeeting courses, meet the professor sessions, or workshops. Add additional items to your registration.

Travel and Hotel
ACR negotiates special discounted rates for annual meeting attendees. Be sure to book your hotel early to get your first choice. See transportation information to plan your trip see how get to and around the city.

Review the Program
You can preview the program in advance either on the Online Program or Annual Meeting App. You can download the app on your phone or tablet from the App Store or Google Play.

Customize your Schedule
The annual meeting incorporates educational tracks and a variety of session types to help you identify content targeted to your area of specialty and interest. Tracks include Basic Science, Business/Administration, Clinical Practice, Clinical and Translational Research. You can also choose from sub-specialties, such as nurses, advance practice nurses, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, and pharmacists.

Claim CME Credits
Registered attendees can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits from 450+ sessions at ACR Convergence. Eligible attendees can claim CME credits for up to one year from the date of attendance by logging into My Educational Activities. See the Annual Meeting CME page for additional CME information.

Meals and Attire
The annual meeting dress code is business casual. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and layers as it can be cold in the meeting rooms. There are plenty of paid food options at the convention center, however we know eating out can get expensive, so take advantage of the complimentary food options at the opening reception, ARP networking forums, Innovation Theater, and daily snacks at the exhibit hall.

Connect with your colleagues ahead of time on the annual meeting mobile app, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is ACR Convergence?
November 6 - 11, 2020
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center

When do scientific sessions start?
The opening lecture and award ceremony is on November 7 at 4:30 PM. The first scientific session will begin on November 8 at 7:30 AM.

When does the last session end?
Sessions will run through November 11 at 12:30 PM.

What language is the meeting presented?
The official language of the meeting is English.

How can I reserve a wheelchair or scooter?
The convention center will have a limited number of wheelchairs available. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters may be reserved in advance from Scootaround for delivery to your hotel or the convention center. Contact  Scootaround at 888-441-7575 or 204-982-0657.

Do you offer child care?
KiddieCorp will provide their expert childcare services for children 6 months to 12 years old. The fee is $10 per hour. The hourly fee will be waived for ACR/ARP members who are fellows-in-training, medical students, residents, and ARP student members. To take advantage of this opportunity, a $75 nonrefundable booking fee is required.

Is there a nursing mother’s room?
Yes, a nursing mother’s room will be available at the convention center with private seating areas, refrigerator, and staff attendant. Look for more information in the materials that will provided onsite at registration.

Where can I get Washington, D.C. city information?
Coming soon

I am an international registrant and need a letter of invitation. Where can I get this?
A customizable letter of invitation is available for download on our International Attendee page. After you have registered for the meeting, you will receive a confirmation email that will also include a link to download your letter of invitation. Read more about international travel and visas on the International Attendee page.

What is the proper dress/attire for the meeting?
Business casual is appropriate for the meeting. Some meeting rooms might feel cold, so a sweater or light jacket might be helpful. The convention center is large and we recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

What does registration include?
ACR Convergence Scientific Session registration includes admission to all the scientific sessions, exhibit hall, poster hall, and opening lecture/reception. You will also receive complimentary access to ACR Beyond LIVE and 12 months access to our library of on-demand content.

Premeeting courses, meet the professors, and workshops require an additional fee and include course materials.

When does registration and housing open?
Coming soon

How much are the registration fees?
Fees vary by category. Fee schedules are available on our Registration page.

What can a registered “Guest” attend at the meeting?
Guests include non-scientific attendees who are 18 years of age or older. Registration includes entrance to the opening lecture, exhibit hall, and poster hall. Guests are not eligible for CME credits and a certificate of attendance.

Is there an exhibit hall-only pass?
We do not offer an exhibits-only pass. To enter the exhibit hall, you must register for the entire meeting.

Do you have a day pass available?
Yes, we have a day pass that is available only on site and must be purchased on the day of use.

What type of payment is accepted for registration?
For online registration, we can only accept credit card payment (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).

For onsite registration, we accept cash (U.S. dollars), personal checks in U.S. funds, endorsed travelers checks, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).

What is your cancellation policy for registration and housing?
Cancellations and full refund requests received in writing by November 1 will be automatically approved and processed within 24 - 48 hours. An administration fee will be deducted:  $50 for members, $100 for non-members. No fees will be refunded after November 1.  You can change or cancel your reservation by calling ACR Housing at 800-990-2446 or 415-979-2286.

What are the onsite registration hours?
November 6: 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM
November 7: 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM
November 8: 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM
November 9: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
November 10: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
November 11: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM

What meeting materials and resources are available for registered attendees?
All registrants will receive the 2020 Session Tracker and access to abstracts. You can also download the mobile app before the meeting to get the most up-to-date meeting content.

Is Wi-Fi available at the meeting?
Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in all meeting rooms in the convention center. Access Wi-Fi on network ACR2020. No password required.

We strive to provide our attendees with good quality Wi-Fi internet access throughout the meeting. Help us manage Wi-Fi quality by accessing only meeting-related materials at the convention center. Also, if possible, please keep your mobile hotspot devices turned off at the convention center.

What is the ACR’s photograph and video recording policy?
The ACR encourages the dissemination of educational content to benefit others. Our presenters have the right to request no photographs during their session and can announce this directly to attendees and/or include an icon to indicate their preference (see icon below). If permitted, photos must be captured in a non-disruptive manner so as not to disturb the presenter and other learners and should be for personal, non-commercial use. Flash photography, video recording, and live streaming of any annual meeting materials, including posters, exhibits, and all presentations are strictly prohibited.

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