International Education

The American College of Rheumatology offers a variety of meetings and online resources (including a vast image library, materials for your patients, self-assessments, and more) to respond to the educational needs of rheumatology professionals worldwide.


Important Announcement

The ACR has been closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and its potential impact on our educational activities. 

Based on current statistics, the escalation in the number of people affected, and the likelihood of potentially increasing the exposure to COVID-19, we have reached the difficult decision to cancel the in-person portion of ACR Convergence 2020. ACR Convergence 2020 will be held virtually November 5-9, and more details will be shared in the coming weeks and months. The 2020 Pediatric Rheumatology Symposium and the 2020 Rheumatology Research Workshop have been postponed.

Please review important information specific to each meeting:

Please contact us at with any questions or concerns about educational meetings.

Online Courses

CARE (Continuing Assessment, Review, and Evaluation) is a series of online self-assessment modules designed to evaluate and enhance medical knowledge across the specialty. Each CARE module is comprised of multiple-choice, case-based questions. Most CARE modules offer breadth and depth in a comprehensive overview of rheumatologic conditions, while one has a specific foci (lupus).
CARE 2017
CARE 2018
CARE 2019

Fundamentals of Rheumatology Course
This online course is for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, medical assistants, practice managers, office staff, and other clinicians. It introduces learners to rheumatic diseases, rheumatologic care, and the business of rheumatology.

Advanced Rheumatology Course
This online course is for rheumatology fellows in training, primary care providers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, primary care physicians, internists, residents, and providers new to the field of rheumatology. It is a comprehensive, innovative course designed to expand your knowledge and practical skills.

ACR Image Library

The ACR’s Image Library is an important collection of rheumatology-related images and includes contributions from practitioners around the globe. These searchable images can serve as critical teaching and learning aids for physicians, researchers, and health care professionals.

Members can access the ACR Image Library to explore thousands of rheumatic images of common conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout, to rare conditions including relapsing polychondritis, multicentric reticulohistiocytosis, and various heritable disorders of the connective tissue. Featuring instant image updates and robust search capabilities, the ACR Image Library allows users to collect and organize images in personalized “favorites folders” that can be shared via email.

Educate yourself and others by downloading these scholarly images for professional development, rheumatic research, and educational presentations*.

Learn more about the ACR Image Library

* Use of images downloaded from the ACR Image Library in a live educational presentation that will not be reproduced in any other medium (e.g., video, journal, etc.), do not require written permission.

Patient Fact Sheets and Resources

The ACR has prepared a variety of educational information for patients. Here you will find information on more than 50 different topics related to rheumatic diseases. These materials can be downloaded, copied, and distributed to patients. Fact sheets are available in English and Spanish. 

The ACR's patient education materials are intended to complement patients’ self-directed learning and advice from the healthcare professional. Informed patients, working together with rheumatologists and other healthcare providers, are key players in keeping themselves and/or their family members healthy.  These resources were created to support these combined efforts and to improve outcomes.

Browse patient fact sheets and resources

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