ACR/ARP Global Community

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) serves and collaborates with a diverse international and domestic community of members and the general population with an active interest in global health initiatives. Through the International League of Associations for Rheumatology (ILAR), the ACR has close partnerships around the world with the African League of Associations for Rheumatology (AFLAR), Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR), European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and Pan American League of Associations for Rheumatology (PANLAR).

The ACR established the Global Engagement Committee in August 2020 to foster and coordinate international and global ACR/ARP activities, collaborations and exchanges.

Membership and Engagement

International Membership

The ACR/ARP is proud to offer membership to physicians, researchers, and health professionals across the globe. Our global members represent 87 countries from around the world.

The ACR/ARP aim to work with our global members and partners to better understand local need and challenges in the field of rheumatology. We are continuing to explore was to address these challenges and tailor our support to our global members and promote diversity and inclusion.

Please join us as we empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty.
See International Membership Information

Global Engagement Committee

The Global Engagement Committee (GEC) concerns itself with strategic, collaborative activities promoting productive interactions between the ACR, its international members and constituents, and international rheumatologic societies. The Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding global collaborations and opportunities focusing on education, training, research, and volunteering. The GEC coordinates with various ACR and ARP committees on all products and programs with a global reach. In pursuit of this mission, the GEC will organize and establish such subcommittees and task forces as it deems necessary or appropriate to carry out its objectives, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee and Executive Vice President.

For more information about the Global Engagement Committee, contact

Distinguished International Rheumatology Professional Award

Each year, the ACR/ARP recognizes its members' outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through an awards program. The Distinguished International Rheumatology Professional Award will be awarded to a rheumatologist or rheumatology professional outside of the U.S. and Canada for exceptional contributions in public service and advocacy to the global rheumatology community.
See Distinguished International Rheumatology Professional Award Details

Educational Activities

Global Rheumatology Summit

The Global Rheumatology Summit is a platform to highlight international rheumatology professionals and create a space to bring rheumatologists and health professionals together from different parts of the word to talk about topics that are of mutual relevance and concern. The 2022 summit featured sessions on climate change and health, access to care and medications and advocacy. The program showcased innovative mentorship and training models around the world, bidirectional global partnerships and address burden and harm of wasteful medical care in different healthcare settings.

Meet the Experts - Global Education Series

The ACR is pleased to offer the Global Meet the Experts Webinar Series, a quarterly virtual educational series for a global audience of rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals.

Past Meet The Expert Session Recordings
ACR Global Meet the Experts: Lupus Nephritis - March 26

Joint Global Conferences, Courses and Events

The ACR collaborates with other global rheumatology associations and institutions to deliver joint conferences, review courses, and events designed to advance the field of rheumatology by bringing the latest scientific and clinical information to rheumatology professionals worldwide. If you are interested in speaking at a global ACR meeting, or if your organization is interest in partnering with the ACR to deliver a joint education event, complete the appropriate form.
Speaking Opportunity Interest Form
Joint Global Meeting Interest Form

For more information about joint global conferences and speaking opportunities, contact

Research Activities

Partnership with the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance

The COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance (GRA) was established in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing together the global rheumatology community to collect, analyze and disseminate information about COVID-19 and rheumatology to patients, physicians, and other relevant groups to improve the care of patients with rheumatic disease.

For more information about the ACR partnership with the GRA, contact

Rheumatology Research Workshop - Global Applications Welcome

The Rheumatology Research Workshop (RRW) is a two-day meeting designed to foster collaboration, facilitate mentoring and promote interactions between established scientists and rheumatology fellows, junior faculty and other researchers who are early in their career. The RRW accepted applications from international members for the first time in 2021.

For more information about the Rheumatology Research Workshop, contact

Training Activities

Exchange Programs

The purpose of these programs is to promote the international exchange of clinical and research skills, expertise and knowledge within rheumatology and career development for young academic rheumatologists. These exchange programs allow participants to share knowledge and experience and is intended to create opportunities for future collaboration. In addition, these programs foster the alliance between the ACR and other rheumatology associations around the world and assistant in identifying future leaders within the field of rheumatology.

ACR/EULAR Research Exchange Program
Applications are being accepted for the 2023 ACR/EULAR Research Exchange Program. The deadline to apply is February 10, 2023.

Upcoming Global Rheumatology Events

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