Volunteer for Special Projects

Special Projects are short-term, low time commitment volunteer activities.

WHO: Open to all current members of the ACR/ARHP. Ideally suited for first-time volunteers!

WHAT: These positions vary in nature. Examples include writing a column for The Rheumatologist, reviewing website content, or sending an email to your lawmakers.

WHEN: Applications are accepted year round. Committee leaders will reach out to interested volunteers on an as-needed basis.

WHY: Enhance your CV with volunteerism and connect with your rheumatology colleagues while maintaining flexibility in your busy schedule.

HOW: Click the button “Special Projects Volunteer Application” to tell us your preferred areas of service. The staff liaison for your selections will contact you as opportunities arise.

Special Projects Volunteer Application

Special Projects Volunteer Opportunities

The opportunities are organized by committee. Next to each opportunity, you will also see an icon which indicates the type of activity, e.g., advocacy, research, technology, etc. Refer to the Volunteer Categories section at the top of this page to see a legend of the icons.

Ethics and Conflicts of Interest

  • Write or edit a column regarding ethics or conflict of interest for the Ethics Forum in The Rheumatologist writing microvolunteering
  • Plan publicity to promote the ethics session at the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting or other meetings (e.g., social media, Annual Meeting newspaper, etc.) Annual Meeting microvolunteering promotion microvolunteering
  • Research a particular issue for the committee (e.g., COI policies for other specialty publications or how other specialties handle Sunshine Act requirements) research microvolunteering

Nominations and Appointments

  • Increase public awareness during nominations period to encourage members to nominate a colleague or self-nominate for an available committee position or award promotion microvolunteering

Communications and Marketing

  • Serve as a reviewer to comment on new content, advertisements, or products technology microvolunteering research microvolunteering content expert microvolunteering
  • Write an article for The Rheumatologist with an emphasis on drug safety writing microvolunteering
  • Participate in testing new website features or other technology updates technology microvolunteering
  • Become an expert-on-call for media inquiries speaker microvolunteering content expert microvolunteering


  • Review abstracts submitted for the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting content expert microvolunteering Annual Meeting microvolunteering
  • Serve as an ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting session moderator speaker microvolunteering Annual Meeting microvolunteering
  • Participate in an interview to provide highlights and advice for Annual Meeting marketing materials and attendee resources Annual Meeting microvolunteering content development microvolunteering
  • Test the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting App Annual Meeting microvolunteering technology microvolunteering
  • Serve on the educational meeting planning committee content development microvolunteering  clinician microvolunteering
  • Curate images for the Image Library content development microvolunteering  clinician microvolunteering
  • Write test questions for CME/MOC activities content expert microvolunteering writing microvolunteering research microvolunteering

Pediatric Rheumatology

  • Serve as an AMIGO mentor to address the needs of early career pediatric rheumatologists mentor microvolunteering
  • Speak at the Faculty Panel or Fellow-in-Training Panel at the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting to answer questions from individuals participating in the Pediatric Residents Program speaker microvolunteering content expert microvolunteering Annual Meeting microvolunteering
  • Serve as a Poster Tour Guide for the Pediatric Residents Program to highlight posters specifically of interest to pediatric rheumatologists speaker microvolunteering content expert microvolunteering Annual Meeting microvolunteering

Quality of Care

  • Review drafts of ACR quality measures and provide feedback on feasibility in practice, validity, and other metrics writing microvolunteering content expert microvolunteering research microvolunteering
  • Assist in concept development for quality measures (e.g., work as part of a small group to review guideline recommendations, prioritize, and draft quality indicator statements) research microvolunteering clinician microvolunteering content expert microvolunteering

Government Affairs and RheumPAC

  • Sign up for the ACR Key Contacts advocacy program advocacy microvolunteering
  • Go to a local fundraising event for your representative and deliver a RheumPAC check advocacy microvolunteering
  • Write an advocacy or issue-focused article for ACR@Work writing microvolunteering advocacy microvolunteering
  • Write an advocacy or issue-focused article for The Rheumatologist writing microvolunteering advocacy microvolunteering
  • Send an email to your lawmakers writing microvolunteering advocacy microvolunteering
  • Write an open letter to your legislative delegation writing microvolunteering advocacy microvolunteering
  • Help pilot new strategies for member outreach and communications with lawmakers promotion microvolunteering advocacy microvolunteering
  • Edit a survey to the Fellows-in-Training regarding their interests and experiences in health policy writing microvolunteering advocacy microvolunteering


  • Assist with publicizing the annual Rheumatology Research Workshop promotion microvolunteering
  • Review the Clinical Research Conference agenda Annual Meeting microvolunteering content expert microvolunteering
  • Review the Basic Research Conference agenda Annual Meeting microvolunteering content expert microvolunteering
  • Provide speaker recommendations for the ACR/EULAR Exchange Program half day workshop speaker microvolunteering content expert microvolunteering
  • Assist with the annual funding report as needed: draft responses to NIH Request for Information on behalf of the College writing microvolunteering  research microvolunteering

Rheumatology Research Foundation

  • Become a peer reviewer: The Foundation’s peer review process engages experts to examine proposals for rigor, integrity, and quality; new Study Section members are recruited annually content expert microvolunteering  research microvolunteering
  • Teach precept students in NP/PA programs content expert microvolunteering  mentor microvolunteering


  • Present a one-hour session in your community on the topics of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile arthritis. Presentation and materials provided by the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI). content expert microvolunteering  speaker microvolunteering

Training and Workforce

  • For Fellows-in-Training: Write a Fellows’ Forum column for The Rheumatologist writing microvolunteering
  • Update and/or review the Rheum2Learn online educational modules content expert microvolunteering writing microvolunteering