Division Director Resources

Browse academic tools and resources, upcoming live events, and online educational activities designed for rheumatology division directors. Also see how you can get involved.

2022 ACR Academic Rheumatology Benchmarking Report

2022 ACR Academic Rheumatology Benchmarking Report

The 2022 ACR Academic Rheumatology Benchmarking Report is complimentary to ACR/ARP members.

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In August 2021, the ACR reported its findings from a survey of division directors from academic rheumatology departments that collected data on department staffing, faculty demographics, practice demographics, and work standards. ACR partnered with ECG Management Consultants as an independent third party to deliver these findings, with a key takeaway being the need for a more in-depth and focused faculty compensation and production survey. As a result, the 2022 Faculty Benchmarking Survey was launched in March 2022 addressing identified data gaps.

The Academic Rheumatology Benchmarking Report will be available to nonmembers soon for a fee of $175. If you are not an ACR/ARP member and would like to be notified when the report is available, contact trainingandworkforce@rheumatology.org.

Division Director Virtual Town Hall:
Relative Value Units (RVUs)

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.


Past Division Director Town Hall Recordings

Division Directors Virtual Town Hall: Leading Remotely   

In this Division Director Town Hall recording, David Sluss, PhD, and Adam C. Stoverink, PhD, focus on best practices to build personalized and productive work relationships and virtual relational trust, and share tips to lead high-performing virtual teams.


Division Directors Virtual Town Hall (Global Alliance and Telehealth)   

This video presents information on the Global Rheumatology Alliance and how Division Directors can contribute to its success, as well as an update on the current and future role of telehealth in rheumatology practice.


Division Directors Virtual Town Hall (COVID-19)   

This video provides an update to division directors on topics related to the impact of COVID-19. Topics include the CARES Act and financial implications for academic centers, telemedicine and the role of rheumatologists in helping to manage COVID-19 patients.


Education and Events

Division & Program Directors Conference
Dates and location to be announced

The 2022 ACR Education Exchange hosted the Division Directors Conference. The Division Directors Conference fosters collaborations and addresses vital issues involved in running academic divisions in rheumatology.

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Get Involved

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).

Division Director Toolkit

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 Division
Philanthropic 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.

Share Your Feedback About the Toolkit

If you have any suggestions or feedback on the Division Director Toolkit guides, we'd love to hear from you.
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