General Meeting Information

The American College of Rheumatology’s 2018 Annual Meeting is headed to Chicago, Illinois October 19 - 24. Close to 16,000 rheumatologists, rheumatology health professionals, fellows-in-training, and exhibitors from more than 100 countries are expected to gather in the windy city to experience the latest scientific advances, clinical issues, professional development, and more.

Top Three Reasons to Attend Annual Meeting*

  • Professional development: Unparalleled opportunity to hear the leading experts in rheumatology share knowledge, research findings, and new clinical concepts
  • Access to the latest research/abstracts: Over 3,000 abstracts presented at last year’s meeting, and the most up-to-date scientific knowledge on a wide variety of topics
  • Networking with colleagues: Meet up with peers to exchange ideas, find your ideal job opportunity, forge new contacts and friendships, engage mentors and mentees

*2017 survey of ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting attendees

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

The 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting will take place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

McCormick Place West
2301 South Indiana Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

While in Chicago, explore all of the wonderful attractions the largest city in Illinois has to offer.

Attendance Justification Toolkit

Justifying the expense and time away from your office to attend the ACR/ARHP 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 the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting
  • How to justify conference attendance
  • Sample expense worksheet
  • Sample cost benefit worksheet
  • Justification letter

Attendee Services

Attire/Dress Code
Attire at the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting is business casual. Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers.

Child Care Services
At the ACR/ARHP 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.

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 McCormick Place for a small fee. Please check back for exact location and details in August.

Lost and Found
Please visit the ACR Office at McCormick Place to look for lost items or turn in items found.

There are food concessions throughout McCormick Place 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 pre-conference course. However, light snacks will be provided in the Exhibit Hall (Sunday – Monday 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM; Tuesday 10:00 AMy).

Nursing Mother’s Room
A Mother’s Room will be available for all nursing attendees. For information about access to the Mother’s Room, please visit the ACR Help Desk at McCormick Place.

Prayer Room
A prayer/meditation room will be available at McCormick Place during the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting. Location details will be available in August.

Registration information, including attendee types, rates, deadlines, payment details, and registration hours, can be found on the registration page. If you have any questions, please see the help page.

Shuttle Service
Shuttle bus service to/from McCormick Place will be provided from hotels designated as non-walking hotels October 19 - 24. 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 ACR2018. No password is required.

Continuing Medical Education

How to Claim CME
Paid scientific attendees may claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Credit must be claimed within one year of attendance. Attendees should 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/ARHP 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

Presenters and Faculty

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Career Fair and CareerConnection

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

Date:  October 22, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Marriott Marquis Chicago Great Lakes Ballroom
Who Attends: ACR members looking for new career opportunities

See details and register >

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 booth is located in the Exhibit Hall in the ACR Discovery Center.

CareerConnection allows you to:

  • Flag your posted resume or job posting to indicate you are attending a specific industry conference
  • Search a database of upcoming events and identify job seekers who will be in attendance
  • Schedule meetings with attendees before or during the conference - meet with that perfect candidate or employer

Employers - Please visit the CareerConnection booth to post a hard copy of your job posting - it is complimentary! 

Job Seekers - Please visit the CareerConnection booth to review the posted job opportunities - it is complimentary!

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. See Press Photography and Video Recording Policy

No photography