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.

Global Rheumatology Summit at ACR Convergence - November 3, 2021

Call for Cases and Innovative Solutions

The Global Rheumatology Summit will present critical topics at the intersection of global health and rheumatology. It will start with a keynote address on global health equity, followed by presentations showcasing women trailblazers in rheumatology, highlighting technological innovation to improve healthcare delivery and training, and ideas to empower health professionals and patients.

With the variety of session formats, including fireside chats and lively debates of complex cases, the Global Rheumatology Summit will be the place to share lessons and inspire future generations of rheumatology leaders.

You are invited to submit a case or innovative solution and be part of the 2021 Global Rheumatology Summit.

Call for Cases - Meet the Experts: ANCA-Associated Vasculitis

The ACR is pleased to announce the Meet the Experts Global Sessions, a quarterly virtual educational series for a global audience of rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals. Our inaugural session will take place in conjunction with the Global Rheumatology Summit. It will focus on ANCA-Associated Vasculitis, where a panel of leading rheumatology experts will discuss the submitted cases.

Case Submission Process
Submit your diagnostically challenging case of ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) or AAV case that has a difficult/refractory management course. The review committee will select up to four cases based on teaching value. If your case is accepted, you will be invited to pre-record a five-minute presentation with the ACR’s production team between September 15 - 30, 2021. Submitters of selected cases will receive complimentary registration to ACR Convergence 2021.

You may submit up to two cases. Each case must be in PowerPoint, with a maximum of six slides that follow the format below.

  • Slide 1: Title – Include the case title and your name, title, company/institution, city, and country (The case title should be intriguing and make the reader curious. The title should not disclose the diagnosis.)
  • Slide 2: Introduction to the case
  • Slides 3 and 4: Clinical overview of the case
  • Slide 5: Diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma
  • Slide 6: Questions for the experts (optional)

The deadline to submit a case is June 1, 2021.

Submit a Case

Call for Innovative Solutions to Global Challenges in Rheumatology: Leveraging technology to create opportunities and break down barriers

Have you developed or implemented an innovative technology solution to solve a challenge in the field of rheumatology? If so, we invite you to the global stage to share your experience.

Innovations can include but are not limited to telemedicine and telehealth, data sciences, mHealth, virtual education platforms, AI, and registries.

The review committee will select up to four innovations to showcase in the 2021 Global Rheumatology Summit. If your innovation is accepted, you will be invited to pre-record a 10-minute presentation with the ACR’s production team between September 15 - 30, 2021 and be invited to participate in live Q&A on November 3. You will also receive complimentary registration to Convergence 2021.

Innovation Submission Process
In 500 words, describe the innovative technology solution you have developed or implemented to solve a challenge in the field of rheumatology. The deadline to submit an innovation is June 1, 2021.

Submit an Innovation


Meetings - Live Virtual and On-Demand

Pediatric Rheumatology Symposium

ACR Convergence


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 2018
CARE 2019
CARE 2020

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.


Rheumatology Image Library

The ACR’s Rheumatology 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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