Rheumatology Change Makers

A rheumatology change maker is anyone in the field of rheumatology working to start or support an initiative or intervention, bring a program or idea to reality, or improve the quality of life of a group or community: A true leader, an inspired visionary, or front-line professional willing to do whatever it takes to keep things going.

Change makers in rheumatology may work with or for an organization or initiative. Others start movements or organize people on their own. Whatever they do, they think of rheumatology before themselves. They likely do not think that what they do is special or praiseworthy; they are filling a gap that they see.

The ACR and ARP want to recognize these heroes of rheumatology through the new Rheumatology Change Maker program. You can nominate a peer, colleague, mentor, or anyone in the field of rheumatology who has gone above and beyond what is expected. Rheumatology change makers will be recognized on rheumatology.org and social media.

Reasons to honor a rheumatology change maker

  • Creates an example for the rest of rheumatology to follow.
  • Provides an occasion to highlight community issues and raise awareness for legislative or regulatory change.
  • Demonstrates that even one person can generate change.
  • Inspires others to do what they can.
  • Moves the rheumatology field forward locally, nationally, and globally.

Who should honor a rheumatology change maker

  • Any individual or any company/organization
  • Employers
  • Direct reports
  • Colleagues
  • Coworkers
  • Patients
  • Patient caregivers/family
  • Patient advocacy groups
  • Professional associations or organizations

Rheumatology change maker criteria

  • The activity must be voluntary and not assigned as a condition of employment or recruited because of a professional connection or affiliation.
  • The nominee donated resources without consideration from remuneration valued professional services.
  • The nominee does not need to be an ACR/ARP member.

If you have identified someone as a rheumatology change maker, please complete the nomination form. If you have questions please contact Member Services at membership@rheumatology.org.

Nominate a Rheumatology Change Maker

Nominations are accepted throughout the year.

Nominate a Rheumatology Change Maker

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