Professional Communities

The American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) professional online communities join like-minded health professionals all over the world. ACR members can easily connect with peers at any time from any place. The groups are designed to improve communication between and among members; offer a forum to exchange ideas; and allow members to benefit from the experience, knowledge, and wisdom of their colleagues.

Participation is restricted to ACR/ARHP members. Members may use the information below to learn how to join a group, change your settings, participate in discussions, and view the archives.

Groups Open to All ACR/ARHP Members

The following groups are open to all current ACR/ARHP members. If you are interested in joining a group that is open to all members, please see the section below ‘Join a Group’.

Advocacy - group contact: Adam Cooper
https://groups.google.com/group/acradvocacy

Young Investigators – group contact: Ngozi Afluezi
https://groups.google.com/group/younginvestigators

Groups Open to Some ACR/ARHP Members

The following groups are for current ACR/ARHP members with a specific focus. Eligible members will receive an email invitation from an ACR staff member to join a group.

  • ACR Division Directors - group contact: Kamilah Greene
  • ACR Program Directors - group contact: Kamilah Greene
  • ACR Program Coordinators - group contact: Kamilah Greene
  • ACR Fellows-in-Training - group contact: Kamilah Greene
  • Affiliate Society Council - group contact: Katia Samuel
  • Clinician Scholar Educators - group contact: Damian Smalls
  • Committee on Rheumatologic Care - group contact: Katia Samuel
  • Communications and Marketing Committee – group contact: Rachel Whittaker
  • Government Affairs Committee - group contact: Katia Samuel
  • Insurance Subcommittee - group contact: Meredith Strozier
  • Registries and Health IT - group contact: Katia Samuel
  • Research and Publications Subcommittee - group contact: Tracy Johansson
  • RheumPAC - group contact: Lennie Shewmaker

Join a Group

All ACR groups are private, i.e., not open to the general public. It is necessary to have a Google account to join a group and participate in discussions.

Groups open to all ACR/ARHP Members

If you don’t have a Google account, create a Google account - go to https://accounts.google.com/SignUp

  1. Login to your Google account
  2. Go to the page of the group you would like to join (see list of groups in section above)
  3. Click the link to request to join the group and then complete the required fields; tips:
    • My display name field – ensure you enter a display name
    • Email delivery preference field – if you would like to receive email notifications, update this section (the default is ‘don’t send email updates’)
  4. Wait 24 - 48 hours to receive an email notification that you have been added to the group

Groups open to some ACR/ARHP Members

The Group Owner (ACR staff member) will send you an email invitation to join the group.  We will send it to the email on your ACR account (the email you use to login to rheumatology.org). If you would like to use a different email, please contact the Group Owner.

The invitation email will contain instructions on how to accept the invitation and create your Google account.

If you don’t receive the email invitation, please contact the Group Owner.

Post Messages

Please read the ACR’s professional communities rules and etiquette before posting messages.   

There are two ways to post a new message: go to the group’s page on Google Groups or send an email to the group.

Post Message on Google Groups

  1. Go to Google Groups and login - https://groups.google.com
  2. Click My Groups
  3. Click the group name
  4. Click the button ‘New Topic’

Post Message by Email

You must be a member of the group and send the email from the email associated with your Google Groups account.
Send an email to X@googlegroups.com (X is the name of group, e.g., younginvestigators@googlegroups.com)

Reply to Messages

There are two ways to reply to messages:

  1. Go to the group’s page on Google Groups, login, and post a reply
  2. Reply to the email notification (if you enabled email notifications)

View All Messages (Message Archives)

You can view all messages (message history) on the group’s page.

  1. Go to Google Groups and login - https://groups.google.com
  2. Click My Groups
  3. Click the group name

Tip: To quickly navigate to a group’s page, you can bookmark the URL of the page.

Notification Settings

You can select how often you would like to receive email notifications of group activity, e.g., each message or daily summary, or if you prefer not to receive email notifications.

  1. Go to Google Groups and login - https://groups.google.com
  2. Click My Groups
  3. To the right of the group name there is a button with a dropdown menu – select desired option, e.g., don’t send email updates

Account Updates

Update your Google Account Information

Login to Google Groups and click the circle with your initial on the top right > then click My Account.

Update your Display Name on your Groups

  1. Go to Google Groups and login - https://groups.google.com
  2. Click My Groups
  3. Click the group name
  4. (top right) click Members
  5. Find your name – click change
  6. Enter what you would like for your display name and then click Save

Leave a Group

  1. Go to Google Groups and login - https://groups.google.com
  2. Click My Groups
  3. To the right of the group name, click the button ‘Leave this group’

Questions and Help

Google Groups help page - https://support.google.com/groups