Networking Events

The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting brings a wonderfully diverse community together. Get engaged by creating and building relationships with your peers. Take advantage of networking events and social offerings designed to help you facilitate connections.

ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting RheumConnect

Networking with colleagues is one of the top reasons rheumatology professionals come to the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting. As you wander through the convention center, don’t you wish you could meet up with like-minded colleagues, put together a group to discuss your next great idea, or meet with your long lost colleagues from fellowship? ACR now has a room (rheum) for you to do this. RheumConnect is the ACR’s way to foster networking opportunities that allow attendees to catch up with colleagues, form new connections and build meaningful interactions, and meet new mentors and expand your professional network.

Location: All RheumConnect activities will take place in room W179b

Meet the Masters: The Journey behind the Success (October 21 and 22)
Every year, the ACR recognizes leaders in rheumatology who have made significant contributions to the field, with the title of ACR Master. Have you ever wondered what makes a Master tick, what factors shaped his/her career, and what pivotal decisions led to success? In this new and innovative networking session, get up close and personal with ACR Masters to learn about their journey and how they honed skills to master the art of rheumatology. There will be no podium or slides, just a story of the Master’s journey and personal passions shared in an interactive, interview format.

October 21, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM in W179b
ACR Master: Joan Bathon, MD, Columbia University, New York, NY
Learn more about Dr. Bathon

October 22, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM in W179b
ACR Master: Christopher Ritchlin, MD, MPH, University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY
Learn more about Dr. Ritchlin

Join Us Virtually for Meet the Masters
Can't attend #ACR18? No problem! Join the Meet the Master sessions on Facebook Live October 21 and October 22 at 5:00 PM CT. To join virtually, go to the ACR Facebook page and login.

#ACR18 Tweet Up (October 21, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM)
The #ACR18 Tweet Up is an informal event organized by ACR members who are active on social media or want to learn how to use social media in their personal and professional lives. It is an opportunity for members who engage on Twitter to meet face-to-face. All Annual Meeting attendees are welcome to participate. The tweet up is designed to facilitate personal connections within the international rheumatology community.

Let’s Meet Up and Talk About… (October 21 - 24, check room for times)
Meet like-minded individuals among the 15,000 ACR18 attendees by participating in the RheumConnect Board. There are dedicated timeslots where you can sign up to meet attendees who have similar passions. To participate, head to the RheumConnect room (W179b) and follow these steps:
1. Grab a sticky note
2. Write down your topic
3. Place the sticky note on the time slot that works best for your schedule
4. Come back on your selected day/time and with any luck, someone with your shared interest will be there to meet you

You can also stop by the RheumConnect room throughout ACR18 to see if any topics of interest pop-up on the schedule. If you see any, just come back at the designated day/time and join the conversation.

Training and Workforce Networking (October 19)
The Training and Workforce Pre-Meeting Courses are targeted towards fellows-in-training, program directors, division directors, and rheumatology educators. They will be held at the Marriott Marquis Chicago on October 19 and registration is complementary.

ACR Walking Challenge (October 20 - 23)
New this year! The ACR is excited to launch our first ever ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting Walking Challenge. Participate in some friendly competition amongst your peers as your work your way up the leaderboard and compete to see who takes the most steps at the meeting! More information and details on how to register for the challenge will be available in September.

Opening Reception (October 20, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM)
Come celebrate the kick off to the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting. Connect with your colleagues while enjoying a live string orchestra band, food, and friendly conversations. The Opening Reception is complimentary to all registered Annual Meeting attendees.

ARHP Topic Round Tables: Networking Forum (October 21, 12:30 PM - 2:15 PM)
Sit down with your colleagues over a complimentary lunch and participate in open discussion on various research, practice, and clinical topics. A graphic artist will be present to illustrate the future of ARHP based on member feedback. All ARHP attendees are welcome to participate in this event.

Annual Meeting First-Timers Orientation (October 21, 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM)
Attendees participating in the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting for the first time are encouraged to join us for the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting Orientation. Presenters offer valuable advice on how to get the most out of your experience.

Exhibit Hall Networking (October 21 - 23)
The Exhibit Hall is a great place to meet with colleagues.  If you are looking for somewhere to sit and meet, visit one of the Networking Lounges.  In addition, you can go to the food court and grab some lunch or a snack while you meet.

Poster Tours (October 21 - 23)
Network with attendees and abstract authors during the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting Poster Tours. The Poster Tours are 45 minutes in length and run from October 21 - 23 at 9:00 AM and 10:15 AM. Add Poster Tours to your Annual Meeting Registration.

Study Groups (October 21 - 23, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM)
Take advantage of these unique social forums, designed to bring together small groups of attendees with common interest in a single disease, group of related disorders, or specialized study.

ARHP Discipline Round Tables: Networking Forum (October 22, 12:30 – 2:00 PM)
All ARHP attendees are invited to this kickoff forum where you will have the opportunity to network over a complimentary lunch at various discipline tables.

ACR Career Fair (October 22, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
The annual ACR Career Fair is the chance for employers to recruit qualified rheumatology candidates and job seekers to find a new career opportunity. You can also visit the ACR Career Connection booth in the Discovery Center to learn about CareerConnection and post your resume as a job seeker or available positions/recruitment materials as an employer.