Browse academic tools and resources, upcoming live events, and online educational activities designed for rheumatology division directors. Also see how you can get involved.
In this Division Director Town Hall recording, Timothy J. Laing, MD provides a history of how RVU's are determined and recent changes in RVUs as implemented by Medicare. Also discussed is how academic institutions are currently implementing these changes, based on feedback provided by those participating in the webinar, as well as responses received through a recent survey of Division Directors.
Division & Program Directors Conference 2022 dates and location to be announced
The Division & Program Directors Conference exposes attendees to key issues
involved in running successful academic divisions of rheumatology.
Attendees will hear from experts in the field and their peers on how to
handle every day challenges faced by academic institutions. Professional
development is promoted by creating a venue for the exchange of ideas
about the common challenges faced in graduate medical education and
The 2021 Division & Program Directors Conference took place online, March 18–20. All sessions were recorded and are available on demand until December 31, 2021. If you missed the live virtual meeting, you can register for on-demand access to the recorded sessions. Learn more about on-demand access.
Conference Syllabi and CME
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The Division Directors Special Committee's goal is to advance academic rheumatology through the support of clinical care, research, education, advocacy, and informing the ACR of challenges and possible solutions facing divisions of rheumatology throughout the country. See how you can get involved in the Division Director Special Committee (DDSC).
The Division Director Toolkit is a resource for division directors as they work to achieve the success of faculty and trainees. The toolkit is a set of educational guides to help division directors increase their effectiveness in advocacy, faculty recruitment and retention, divisional strategic planning, obtaining grants, and more.
Adding a Fellowship Position / Fellowship Funding
The ACR 2015 Workforce Study found that demand for rheumatology services was increasing over time, but supply was decreasing. There is a critical need to increase the number of trained rheumatologists. This module presents strategies for divisions to add a fellowship position, obtain funding, and develop a business plan.
Advocacy for Division Directors
Being an advocate means speaking out on behalf of your patients and profession, and it also assumes that there is an opportunity for improvement. In the context of your work as a division director, there are mechanisms to effect change that are unique to your position.
Divisional Strategic Planning - The Basics
Successful strategic planning within a rheumatology division is a fluid and inclusive process, and it should be flexible to adapt to changing conditions within the Department. Learn about guidelines for strategic planning which will help lead to cohesion within your division.
Filling the Pipeline: Generating Interest in Rheumatology as a Career Choice
The ACR 2015 Workforce Study found that demand for rheumatology
services was increasing, but rheumatologist supply was decreasing. This module
presents strategies for divisions to foster interest in rheumatology as a
career choice among students, residents, and internists (such as hospitalists).
Fostering a Culture of Philanthropy in Your DivisionPhilanthropic support can provide a stable platform for the operational needs of the division. However, organizing and sustaining a culture conducive to the needs of donors can be challenging. A division director needs to assess available resources and infrastructure and consider future opportunities and challenges.
Grant Funding Resources for Division Directors
Division directors are responsible for helping trainees and faculty obtain funding in addition to larger programmatic needs. Learn about the different types of funding that may be available from federal and foundation sources.
Leadership Courses for Academic Career Development
See information on leadership development courses and programs that are available to division directors.
Negotiation is an interactive communication process that occurs when we want something from someone else and/or someone wants something from us. Learn how to conduct successful negotiations that will result in a positive outcome for you and others.
Rheumatology Division Recruitment Strategies
Adding new faculty to your institution can be a complex process. Finding someone who shares the vision and mission of the rheumatology division and fits well into the team is the overall goal. See strategies to help with your recruitment efforts.
Rheumatology Division Retention Strategies
Turnover in the workplace is unavoidable, but it cannot be a major detriment to your program. Staff retention is a daily process should be approached with a long-term view. See strategies to help with staff retention.
Top Ten Things Division Directors Wish they Had Known
Learn about the top ten things individuals wish they had known before becoming a division director.
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