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 Special 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 Special Committee

The Global Engagement Special Committee (GESC) 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 GESC coordinates with various ACR and ARP committees on all products and programs with a global reach. In pursuit of this mission, the GESC 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 Special 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

Meet the Experts - Global Education Series

Meet the Experts is a virtual educational series offered quarterly to a global audience of rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals. Cases will be submitted in advance from around the world, and leading rheumatology experts will discuss and debate key questions and learning points arising from these cases.

The ACR is pleased to announce the next Meet the Experts Global Session, which will take place in March 2022 and will focus on lupus nephritis.

Case Submission: Submit your diagnostically challenging case of lupus nephritis or lupus nephritis case that has a difficult/refractory management course. The deadline to submit a case is February 17.

Submit Case

The review committee will select up to four cases based on teaching value for inclusion. If your case is accepted, you will be supported to pre-record a 5-minute presentation with the ACR team.

  • You may submit up to two cases.
  • Each case must be submitted in PowerPoint format.
  • Cases must not exceed six slides and must follow the following format:
    • Slide 1: Title slide – Please include the case title and your information. The case title should be intriguing and make the reader curious. The title should not disclose the diagnosis. Please include your name, title, company/institution, city, country.
    • Slide 2: Introduction to the case
    • Slide 3-4: Clinical overview of the case
    • Slide 5: State diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma
    • Slide 6: Questions for the experts (optional)

For more information about the Meet the Experts Global Sessions, contact

Global Rheumatology Summit

The Global Rheumatology Summit presented critical topics at the intersection of global health and rheumatology. It started with a keynote address on global health equity, followed by presentations showcasing women trailblazers in rheumatology, highlighting technological innovation to improve healthcare delivery and training, and ideas to empower health professionals and patients.

With the variety of session formats, including fireside chats and lively debates of complex cases, the Global Rheumatology Summit served as the place to share lessons and inspire future generations of rheumatology leaders.
View Global Rheumatology Summit Schedule

For more information about the 2021 Global Rheumatology Summit, contact

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.


Upcoming Global Rheumatology Events

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