State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium


March 27 - 29, 2020


New Orleans, LA

Program Information

CME: 20.75    MOC: 20.75

At this clinical symposium key opinion leaders will deliver a range of content in areas such as therapeutic developments, recent research findings, and scientific advances, in an environment conducive to dialogue and networking.

Target Audience
Rheumatologists, physicians, and health care providers who care for patients with rheumatic diseases, and those interested or engaged in rheumatology research.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

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

Virtual Attendance - ACR Beyond LIVE

Can’t attend State of the Art Clinical Symposium in person this year? Register for ACR Beyond LIVE to watch the sessions live, chat with other virtual attendees, and participate in Q&A when available. ACR Beyond LIVE registration coming soon.

Program Schedule

Registration Fees

Registration fees are available until 4:00 PM ET on the dates below.

Do you need support getting to the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium? Use the ACR's State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium Justification Letter to make your case.

  • Early bird - January 9
  • Advance - March 11
  • On site - After March 11

ACR/ARP Member
Early bird - $440
Advance - $550
On site - $630
Virtual - $440

Early bird - $650
Advance - $820
On site - $950
Virtual - $650

FIT Member
Early bird - $195
Advance - $420
On site - $480
Virtual - $195

FIT Non-Member*
Early bird - $340
Advance - $610
On site - $690
Virtual - $340

Resident/Student Member
Early bird - $195
Advance - $420
On site - $590
Virtual - $195

Resident/Student Non-Member*
Early bird - $310
Advance - $580
On site - $660
Virtual - $310

Master/Emeritus Member
Early bird - $230
Advance - $450
On site - $510
Virtual - $230

E/M Documentation Course (pre-symposium activity)
Member - $475
Non-Member - $525

*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 fee.

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 and Canada) or 415-979-2265 (International).

Cancellations and Requests for Refund

  • Cancellations and refund requests must be received in writing by March 13 on the Registration Support Center or by fax at 415-293-5231. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received after the cancellation deadline.
  • An administration fee of $50 will be deducted for members; $100 will be deducted for non-members.
  • 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, or delays or cancellations due to inclement weather.
  • 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 Hyatt Regency. To make your reservation, book online or call the Hyatt Regency by March 6 and identify yourself as an attendee of the meeting. Reserve your room early to take advantage of the special State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium rates.

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Nightly Rate
Single/double (standard room) - $229
$20 per additional person; no charge for children under 18 staying with parents
Includes complimentary Wi-Fi

Room rates are subject to city/state taxes. The current tax rate is 15.2% (tax rate is subject to change).

After March 13, room rates cannot be guaranteed. Check with the hotel for any early departure fees and cancellation/refund policies.


Airline Reservations
ATC Travel Management (ATC)
800-458-9383 or 703-253-6004
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM ET

Transportation and Parking
Alamo Car Rentals: Book online at or call 844-354-6962 and provide the CD number CD#LEADERS .

Hertz Car Rentals: Book online at or call 800-654-3131 and provide the CD number CD#1170024.

Hyatt Regency Transportation and Parking Options


Program syllabi will be available online during the meeting and for 12 months after the meeting to registered attendees only. To access syllabi, login and go to My Educational Activities.

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 20.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activities. Participants can claim the following:

  • Up to 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for attending the FIT Educational Session at SOTA pre-conference
  • Up to 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1Credits™ for attending Rheumatology Coding and Documentation
  • 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for attending the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium

MOC Statement
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 20.75 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Faculty and Disclosures

ACR Disclosure Statement
The ACR is an independent, professional organization that does not endorse specific procedures or products of any pharmaceutical/biotech concern. Educational activities provided by the ACR must demonstrate balance, independence, and scientific rigor. All those in a position to control the content of an activity must disclose all relevant financial relationship(s) with commercial interest(s). For this educational activity, all conflicts of interest have been resolved through peer review and revisions to ensure independence, evidence base, fair balance, and absence of commercial bias.

Faculty participating in an ACR-sponsored activity must disclose to the planning committee and audience any financial or other relationship(s) including, but not limited to:

  1. Stock, stock options or bond holdings in a for-profit corporation or self-directed pension plan
  2. Research grants
  3. Employment (full or part-time)
  4. Ownership or partnership
  5. Consulting fees or other remuneration (payment)
  6. Non-remunerative positions of influence such as officer, board member, trustee, or public spokesperson
  7. Receipt of royalties
  8. Speakers' bureau
  9. Other

The planning committee and faculty reported the following disclosures.

Rheumatology Coding and Documentation Faculty

  • Melesia Tillman - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Antanya Chung - No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Fellow-in-Training Educational Session Faculty

Coming soon

State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium Planning Committee

  • Meenakshi Jolly, MD, MS - Rush University7, Pfizer2
  • Narender Annapureddy, MD, MS - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Francesco Boin, MD - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Liana Fraenkel, MD, MPH - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Lianne Gensler, MD – Novartis2, Pfizer2, UCB2, Abbvie5, Galapagos5, Janssen5
  • Manjari Malkani, MD - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Rebecca Manno, MD - Sanofi5, Novartis2, Paradigm Education5
  • Michael Putman, MD - No relevant financial relationships to disclose

State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium Faculty

  • Francesco Boin, MD - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Eliza F. Chakravarty, MD - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Erika Darrah, PhD - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Kevin Deane, MD, PhD - BMS5, Inova Diagnostics Inc.5, 2, Janssen2, Microdrop, Inc.5, ThermoFisher Scientific 5
  • Tracy Frech, MD - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Marvin Fritzler, MD, PhD - Aesku5, Alexion Canada: Diagnostic test support2, 9, 8, Euroimmun GmbH9, Inova Diagnostics Inc. 5, 8, Werfen Inernational5, 8
  • Jon Giles, MD, MPH - AbbVie 5; Bristol Myers Squibb Co., Ltd. 5; Eli Lilly and Co. 5, Pfizer2, Roche/Genentech5, UCB Pharma5
  • Nigil Haroon, MD, PhD, DM, FRCPC - AbbVie5, Amgen8, Eli Lilly8, Janssen5, Novartis5, Novo Nordisk8, UCB5
  • Laura Hummers, MD - Boehringer Ingelheim5, 2, Corbus Pharmaceuticals2 CSL Behring5, 2 Cumberland2, EICOS2, Glaxo Smith Kline2, Kadmon2
  • Tanaz Kermani, MD - Genentech5, 9
  • Walter Maksymowych, MD, FRCPC - AbbVie, Boehringer Ingelheim, CARE Arthritis, Celgene, Ely Lilly, Galapagos, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer, UCB, CARE Arthritis 5, 2, 9, 8
  • Joan Merrill, MD - Abbvie5, 8, Amgen5, Astellas5, Astra Zeneca5, Bristol Myers Squibb Co. Ltd. 5, 2, Celgene5, Daiichi Sankyo5, EMD Serono5, Glaxo Smith Kline5, 2, ILTOO5, Immupharma5, Incyte5, Janssen5, Lilly5, Remegen5, Servier5, Zencor2
  • Tuhina Neogi, MD, PhD, FRCPC - EMD Merck Serono5, Novartis5, Pfizer5
  • James T. Rosenbaum, MD - AbbVie5
  • Deborah Sellmeyer, MD - No relevant financial relationships to disclose
  • Ami Shah, MD - No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Corporate Support

The American College of Rheumatology thanks our corporate supporters and partners for their commitment to advancing rheumatology by supporting ACR and ARP programs and initiatives. See current supporters, guidelines, and benefits of supporting the ACR.

Fellows-in-Training SOTA Travel Scholarship

One first year fellow-in-training per ACGME-accredited or RCPSC rheumatology training program is eligible to receive the travel scholarship to attend the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium. The scholarship will include free registration to State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium and up to $450 in travel reimbursement.


  • Must be a first-year fellow-in-training
  • Must be an active ACR Fellow-in-Training member
  • Must attend the Fellows-in-Training Educational Session at SOTA on March 27

Interested fellows should review the eligibility requirements and check with your program director to see if you’ve been selected to receive the scholarship. If selected, your program director will provide you with the link to apply. The deadline to apply is January 13.

*Funding for fellows-in-training scholarships is made possible in part by support of the American College of Rheumatology Fellows Educational Fund. Scholarships are reportable payments to physicians under the Physicians Payment Sunshine Act.

Press Registration

The American College of Rheumatology welcomes members of the press to write about research presented at our meetings. Complimentary registration is provided to approved members of the press to allow them to attend sessions on site.

Press registration information coming soon.

Contact Info / Inquiries

American College of Rheumatology
404-633-3777, ext. 381

FIT Scholarship and Educational Session

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

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