State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium


Apr 29 - 30, 2017


Chicago, IL

Program Information

This clinical symposium will expose you to a range of content delivered by key opinion leaders in areas such as therapeutic developments, recent research findings and scientific advances, all delivered in an environment conducive to dialogue and networking.

Program Schedule

2017 Program schedule coming soon

View the 2016 State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium program schedule >

Registration & Fees

Registration opens September 2016

Registration Categories Early Bird
(by Mar 1)
(by Apr 12)
ACR/ARHP Member $380 $490 $570
Non-Member $570 $730 $840
FIT Member $195 $390 $450
FIT Non-Member* $310 $580 $660
Resident/Student Member $195 $390 $560
Resident/Student Non-Member* $280 $550 $630
Master/Emeritus $195 $390 $450
Breakfast/Lunch Workshops $40 $40 $45
ICD-10 Coding Course (pre-symposium activity) $475 (ACR/ARHP Member) / $525 (Non-Member)

*Non-member FIT and resident/student must include a letter from their program director, chief of service or faculty advisor to be eligible for reduced fees.

The registration fees are available until 4:00 PM EST on the dates listed in the fee schedule.

Need support getting to our meetings? Use the ACR's Justification Letter to make your case. 

ACR SOTA Registration Support Center
Phone: 800-636-4766 (US & Canada) or 415-979-2265 (International)
Fax: 415-293-5231

Registration Guidelines

  • Full payment is due at the time of registration.
  • Online registrations receive immediate email confirmation.
  • Faxed and mailed registrations will be sent a confirmation within five days of receipt.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation call 800-636-4766 (US & Canada) or 415-979-2265 (International).
  • If you are registering on someone’s behalf, you are required to enter the contact information for the individual attendee. Without this information, the registration will not be processed.

Cancellations and Requests for Refund

  • Cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing by April 14. Submit cancellation requests via the ACR SOTA Registration Support Center or by fax at 415-293-5231.
  • No refunds will be provided for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline of April 14.
  • An administration fee of $50 will be deducted for members; $100 will be deducted for non-members. No fees will be refunded after April 14.
  • No-shows will not receive a refund.
  • ACR is not responsible for airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by participants in the event of a program or registration cancellation.
  • All refund requests will be processed after the meeting. No refunds will be issued on-site.
  • Cancelled registrations are nontransferable.


The symposium will be held at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. To make your housing reservations, contact the Sheraton directly before April 7 and identify yourself as an attendee of the ACR State of the Art Clinical Symposium. Rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sheraton Grand Chicago 
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 877-242-2558 or 800-325-3535

Book your hotel online >

Room Rates (per night):
Rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi.

  • $277 single/double per night (standard rooms)
  • $327 single/double per night (club level rooms)
  • $20 charge per additional person
  • No charge for children under 18 years of age staying with parents

Tax: Room rates are subject to city/state taxes. The current tax rate is 16.4% (tax rate is subject to change).

After April 7, room rates cannot be guaranteed. Check with the hotel for any early departure fees and cancellation/refund policies.


Airline Reservations
To make your airline or car rental reservations, contact ACR's travel agency. Be sure to book early to obtain the best travel options. 

Association Travel Concepts
Phone: 800-458-9383 or 703-253-6004
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM EST

Airport Options
Midway Airport (MDW)- approximately 12 miles to hotel

  • GO Airport Express Shuttle -  fee: $25 (one way), $46 (roundtrip); by appointment
  • CTA Rail System -Orange Line to Clark & Lake; fee: $2.25
  • Taxi - fee: approximately $25 - 40

O'Hare International Airport (ORD) - approximately 18 miles to hotel

  • GO Airport Express Shuttle - fee: $30 (one way), $56 (roundtrip); by appointment
  • CTA Rail System - Blue Line to Clark & Lake; fee: $5
  • Taxi; fee - approximately $35 – 50

Hotel parking (with in-out privileges): valet parking is $63; self-parking is $53 per 24 hour period (prices are subject to change).

For additional travel information, visit or contact the hotel concierge.


2016 Syllabi
To access the 2016 syllabus, login to your ACR Learning Center account. Note: this is a separate login form your login. If you have any questions or login challenges, contact

2015 Syllabi
To ensure you have the most updated copy of each speaker's presentation, program syllabi will be available online during and after the symposium for up to one year (registered attendees only). Login to locate the program syllabi >

CME and MOC Information

Accreditation Statement
The American College of Rheumatology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
The ACR designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Participants can claim up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for completing the pre-and post-assessments, and up to 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for attending the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium. Attendees of the FIT at SOTA pre-conference can claim up to an additional 4 hours (for a maximum of 17). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium will offer ABIM MOC points.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this program, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment approaches in the management of patients with rheumatic diseases
  • Identify and describe recent scientific and clinical advances regarding pathogenesis of rheumatic diseases

Target Audience
This program is designed for rheumatologists, physicians and other healthcare providers who care for patients with rheumatic diseases and those interested or engaged in research in the field of rheumatology.

Corporate Support

Educational grant support for this activity has been provided by:
Lilly USA, LLC
Sanofi US and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Celgene Corporation

Pre-Symposium Activities

Rheumatology Clinical Documentation and ICD-10 Coding Course: “ICD-10 Coding Boot Camp”
This pre-symposium educational course is designed to provide insight on specialty-specific coding guidelines and conventions to help you navigate the path to ICD-10 implementation—a perfect highlight for rheumatologists, health professionals and coding/billing staff in practice.

CDI and ICD-10 Boot Camp will provide training on:

  • Mastering outpatient coding guidelines
  • Outlining the importance of CDI efforts in specific relation to medical necessity
  • Abstracting codes from actual medical records
  • Assigning appropriate ICD-10 codes from medical records

Additional rheumatology-specific CDI and ICD-10 Boot Camps will be offered around the U.S. at various locations. For more information and for a list of upcoming courses, contact the ACR's practice management department at

Fellows-In-Training Program
The Fellows-in-Training travel scholarship to attend the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium is a one of-a-kind opportunity for fellows-in-training. In addition to attending the symposium, scholarship recipients are required to attend the Pre-Symposium FIT Educational Session which includes didactic lectures, workshops, and roundtable discussions surrounding the many career paths within the subspecialty, among other topics.

To learn more about this scholarship and other opportunities for fellows-in-training, contact

Press Registration & Policies

The American College of Rheumatology welcomes members of the press to write about research presented at our professional meetings, such as the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium (SOTA), throughout the year. Complimentary registration is provided to approved members of the press to allow them to attend sessions on-site. All members of the press interested in attending SOTA must register by (date to be announced). On-site registration will NOT be available.  Registration details are coming soon. Please note: meals are not included as part of the complimentary registration. A $100 fee is required to access meals during the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium.

Registration Info

Key Dates

  • March 1 - Early Bird Registration Deadline
  • April 7 - Housing Deadline 
  • April 12 - Advance Registration Deadline 

Contact Info / Inquiries

Registration Questions
Phone: 800-636-4766 (US & Canada) or 415-979-2265 (International)
Fax: 415-293-5231

General Questions
404-633-3777, ext. 381