Call for Letters of Interest

ACR Collaborative Initiatives (COIN)

Working Group to Improve Provider Team Education on Osteoarthritis

The ACR Collaborative Initiatives (COIN) department invited letters of interest from members who wish to help develop educational training for PCPs, NPs, and PAs on Osteoarthritis. The deadline to submit letters of interest was January 31, 2019.

The working group will develop an educational intervention to educate provider teams on recognizing early signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA) prior to the onset of pain and stiffness. The working group will collaborate with the ACR COIN department and other stakeholders to develop an online and in-person training for provider teams, called Osteoarthritis Signs and Symptoms Team Education Program (OA STEP), to equip providers with information for people at risk for or demonstrating signs of potential OA in order to recognize OA and take action.


Unfortunately some people who need expert rheumatologic care don’t have ready access to it. Two of the most common reasons are a shortage of rheumatologists in certain areas and patients’ lack of adequate health insurance. The ACR seeks to create a way to provide educational opportunities for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants on osteoarthritis signs and symptoms. The education sessions will be presented by fellows to the targeted audience.

The ACR COIN department seeks seven+ members for the OA STEP Working Group. Working group members will be expected to participate in regularly scheduled conference calls, attend one face-to-face meeting (date and location to be determined), and support reaching the objectives determined by the group.

Working Group Timeline

January 31, 2019
Deadline to submit letter of interest to join the Working Group

Late February 2019
Working Group members will begin work by discussing the scope of the project and serve as experts on the scientific validity of the proposed project design to prepare and plan content development.

March 2019 - September 2019
There will be a series of monthly conference calls and one in-person meeting during the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting to:

  • Ensure cohesiveness and scientific validity in the content to be delivered by rheumatology fellows to non-rheumatology providers.
  • Support the development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of course content.
  • Develop and review content and ensure cultural competency, health literacy, patient perspective, and non-rheumatology perspective are adequately incorporated.
  • Work with an evaluator to select measureable indicators for the project and explore data sources to measure project feasibility.

November 2019
The Working Group will begin identifying volunteers for project review and implementation (including via a presence at the ACR/ARP Annual Meeting).

January 2020 - April 2020
The Working Group will review the findings of the course and determine further opportunities.


If you are selected to serve as a member of the COIN OA Step Working Group you will receive a $500 honorarium.

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