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Each year ARP recognizes its members' outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through an awards program.
2019 Award nominations are closed.
Charles Helmick, MD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Carol Oatis, PT, PhD
The ARP Master Award is one of the highest honors the College bestows. This award is presented to ARP members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through service to the ACR/ARP and advancements in research, practice, education, and/or advocacy.
Eligibility: The designation of ARP Master is conferred on ARP members age 65 years or older by October 1 of the year in which they are nominated who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through service to the ACR/ARP; and advancements in research, practice, education, and/or advocacy. ARP members in good standing with a minimum of ten consecutive years of membership who meet the age requirements are eligible.
Award Terms and Funding: An ARP Master is not required to pay annual fees, dues, or assessments and has the privilege of attending the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting without payment of registration fees.
An ARP Master:
Christina Opava, PhD, RPT
Janalee Taylor, MSN, RN, CNS, CNP
Children's Hospital Medical Center
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a current or former member of ARP whose career has demonstrated a sustained and lasting contribution to the field of rheumatology and rheumatology health professionals.
Eligibility:Candidates for the Lifetime Achievement Award shall have been members of ARP, formerly the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP), or ACR for at least ten consecutive years.
Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $5,500 cash award and complimentary registration to ACR/ARP Annual Meeting.
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No award given in 2018
The Addie Thomas Service Award is presented to an ARP member in honor of our Association's first president and recognizes individuals who have been an active volunteer involved with local, regional/state, national, and/or international arthritis-related activities.
Eligibility: ARP members in good standing.
Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award and complimentary registration to ACR/ARP Annual Meeting.
Lisa Robbins, RN
Hershey Medical Center
The Ann Kunkel Advocacy Award is presented to an ARP member with a history of advocating at local, regional/state, national, and/or international levels. It is named in honor of ARP member Ann Kunkel, a patient educator in pediatric rheumatology whose enthusiasm and persistence has inspired many members to join the effort to increase arthritis awareness.
Debbie Feldman, PhD, MSc, BSc, PT
University of Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The ARP Distinguished Scholar Award is presented to an ARP Member who demonstrates exceptional achievements in scholarly activities pertinent to arthritis and the rheumatic diseases.
Daniel Schaffer, PA-C
The ARP Distinguished Clinician Award is presented to an ARP member who is engaged in clinical practice and demonstrates outstanding clinical expertise in arthritis and the rheumatic diseases.
Jillian Rose, LMSW
Hospital for Special Surgery
New York, NY
The Distinguished Educator Award is presented to an ARP member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in the teaching of patients and students/trainees, including health professional students, medical students, residents, graduate students, and/or fellows, with their primary focus being rheumatology related content.
The ARP President's Award is awarded to the ACR/ARP member or team performing outstanding service within the present year in advancing the goals, ideals, and standards of ARP.
Eligibility: ACR/ARP members in good standing.
Award Terms and Funding: Recipients receive recognition at the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting.
Hiral Master, PT, MPH, CPH
University of Delaware
Danielle Rice, MSc
The ARP Outstanding Student in Rheumatology Award seeks to recognize students advancing rheumatology in one or more of the following areas: education, practice, research, and/or advocacy.
Eligibility: Non-physician health professional students who have not yet achieved the highest academic degree in a given field of study.
Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award of $500, recognition at the 2017 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, and standard student member benefits.
Nominations are closed.
The Membership and Nominations Committee will consider all nominations as they have been submitted. After careful deliberations by the committee, its recommendations will be forwarded to the ARP Executive Committee for final approval. Decisions are announced after the July ARP Executive Committee meeting. Awards are presented at the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting.