RhMSUS Volunteer Opportunities

The ACR’s Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology (RhMSUS) program could not and cannot exist without the time, effort, talent, and experience of its volunteer leadership and committee members. RhMSUS welcomes self-nominations or nominations from colleagues for a position on the Oversight Committee, Appeals Subcommittee, and as needed the Examination Development Working Groups. Most elected terms are four years with the opportunity to be re-appointed for one additional term.

Submit Volunteer Application

If you are interested in volunteering for RhMSUS, please complete the RhMSUS Volunteer Application. Applications are accepted on a continual basis but a specific call for volunteers will be issued in the summer/fall. Additional opportunities are available from time to time, so forms are kept on file for any ad-hoc committees that may be appointed.

RhMSUS Committees

Below are descriptions of the RhMSUS committees along with their current volunteers.

Oversight Committee

Volunteers

  • Veena K. Ranganath, MD, MS, RhMSUS (2016 - 2020) UCLA, Los Angeles, CA Chair
  • Amanda E. Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS, (2016 - 2020) UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, Chair, Examination Development Groups
  • Fadi Badlissi, MD, MSc, RhMSUS, (2016 - 2018) Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA Member-At-Large
  • Laura B. Hughes, MD, MSPH, RhMSUS (2016 - 2019) University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL Member-At-Large
  • Douglas C. Morrow (2016 - 2017) Phoenix, AZ Public Member

Roles

  • Develop, implement, and monitor fair and defensible eligibility requirements and certification and recertification policies and procedures
  • Review and approve all examination items
  • Review domains and tasks annually to ensure relevance/currency
  • Review testing data and make recommendations for research studies
  • Coordinate and appoint group and subcommittee members

Desired Expertise

  • Five+ years as an educator or direct supervisor

Time Commitments

  • At least one meeting per year
  • Webinars, conference calls, and emails as needed
  • 30 – 50 hours spent on outside work
  • The committee does a fair amount of time-sensitive work via email, requiring that members be extremely responsive and able to work under short timeframes.

Appeals Subcommittee

Roles

  • Review candidates' appeals when candidates are not satisfied with the original decision of the certification
  • Make recommendations related to certification policies and procedures to oversight committee as needed

Desired Expertise

  • Comprehensive understanding of the ACR's certification policies and procedures

Time Commitments

  • Webinars, conference calls, and emails as needed
  • Members are "on call" for issues that arise requiring that members be extremely responsive and able to work under short timeframes

Examination Development: Item Development Group

Roles

  • Write, review, and validate multiple-choice test items

Desired Expertise

  • Must have good understanding of the knowledge and skills required of the minimally competent professional and five+ years as an educator or direct supervisor
  • Skill in question writing is preferred

Time Commitments

  • Submission to item writing bank
  • Webinars, conference calls, and emails as needed

Examination Development: Review and Assembly Group

Volunteers

  • Amanda E. Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS (2016 - 2020) UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, Chair, Examination Development Groups
  • Aaron W. Broadwell, MD, RhMSUS (2017 - 2018) Rheumatology and Osteoporosis Specialists, Shreveport, LA
  • Arnoldas Ceponis, MD, PhD, RhMSUS (2017 - 2018) University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Deirdre De Ranieri, MD, RhMSUS (2017 - 2018) University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Daryl K. MacCarter, MD, RhMSUS (2017 - 2018) North Valley Hospital, Whitefish, MT
  • Nicole M. Orzechowski, DO, RhMSUS (2017 - 2018) Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

Roles

  • Assemble examination forms according to the examination blueprint, following psychometric and editorial review of the multiple-choice test items

Desired Expertise

  • Must have good understanding of the knowledge and skills required of the minimally competent professional and five+ years as an educator or direct supervisor
  • Skill in question writing is preferred

Time Commitments

  • One two-day meeting in Atlanta for each test
  • Webinars, conference calls, and emails as needed

Examination Development: Criterion Group

Roles

  • Evaluate each test item according to its relevance and difficulty for the minimally-competent professional

Desired Expertise

  • Must have good understanding of the knowledge and skills required of the minimally

Time Commitments

  • One two-day meeting in Atlanta for each test
  • Webinars, conference calls, and emails as needed