RhMSUS™ Volunteer Opportunities

The ACR’s Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology RhMSUS™ program could not and cannot exist without the time, effort, talent, and experience of its volunteer leadership and committee members. RhMSUS™ welcomes self-nominations or nominations from colleagues for a position on the Oversight Committee, Appeals Subcommittee, and as needed the Examination Development Working Groups. Most elected terms are four years with the opportunity to be re-appointed for one additional term.

Volunteer Application

If you are interested in volunteering for RhMSUS™, please complete the RhMSUS™ Volunteer Application. We accept applications on a continual basis and have a call for volunteers each spring / summer. Additional opportunities are available from time to time, so forms are kept on file for any ad-hoc committees that may be appointed.

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RhMSUS™ Committees

Below are descriptions of the RhMSUS™ committees along with their current volunteers.

Oversight Committee

Volunteers

  • Veena K. Ranganath, MD, MS, RhMSUS™ (2016 - 2020) UCLA, Los Angeles, CA - Chair
  • Amanda E. Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS™ (2016 - 2020) UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC - Chair, Examination Development Groups
  • Fadi Badlissi, MD, MSc, RhMSUS™ (2016 - 2018) Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA - Member-At-Large
  • Laura B. Hughes, MD, MSPH, RhMSUS™ (2016 - 2019) University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL - Member-At-Large

Roles

  • Develop, implement, and monitor fair and defensible eligibility requirements and certification and recertification policies and procedures
  • Review and approve all examination items
  • Review domains and tasks annually to ensure relevance/currency
  • Review testing data and make recommendations for research studies
  • Coordinate and appoint group and subcommittee members

Desired Expertise

  • Five+ years as an educator or direct supervisor

Time Commitments

  • Webinars, conference calls, and emails as needed
  • 30 – 50 hours spent on outside work
  • The committee does a fair amount of time-sensitive work via email, requiring that members be extremely responsive and able to work under short timeframes.

Appeals Subcommittee

Roles

  • Review candidates' appeals when candidates are not satisfied with the original decision of the certification
  • Make recommendations related to certification policies and procedures to oversight committee as needed

Desired Expertise

  • Comprehensive understanding of the ACR's certification policies and procedures

Time Commitments

  • Webinars, conference calls, and emails as needed
  • Members are "on call" for issues that arise requiring that members be extremely responsive and able to work under short timeframes

Examination Development: Item Development Group

Volunteers

  • Amanda E. Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS™ (2016 - 2020) UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC - Chair, Examination Development Groups
  • Arnoldas Ceponis, MD, PhD, RhMSUS™ (2017 - 2018) University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Deirdre De Ranieri, MD, RhMSUS™ (2017 - 2018) University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Vikram Garg, MS, MD, RhMSUS™ (2018) Scripps, Encinitas, CA
  • Tal Gazitt, MD, MSc, RhMSUS™ (2018) University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Luc Nguyen, MD, RhMSUS™ (2018) University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
  • Shiv Tej Sehra, MD, RhMSUS™ (2018) Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA
  • Siddharth Tambar, MD, RhMSUS™ (2018) Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago, IL

Roles

  • Write, review, and validate multiple-choice test items

Desired Expertise

  • Must have good understanding of the knowledge and skills required of the minimally competent professional and five+ years as an educator or direct supervisor
  • Skill in question writing is preferred

Time Commitments

  • Submission to item writing bank
  • Webinars, conference calls, and emails as needed

Examination Development: Review and Assembly Group

Volunteers

  • Amanda E. Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS™ (2016 - 2020) UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC - Chair, Examination Development Groups
  • Arnoldas Ceponis, MD, PhD, RhMSUS™ (2017 - 2018) University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Abhijeet Danve, MBBS, MD, RhMSUS™ (2018) Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Deirdre De Ranieri, MD, RhMSUS™ (2017 - 2018) University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Vikram Garg, MS, MD, RhMSUS™ (2018) Scripps, Encinitas, CA
  • Tal Gazitt, MD, MSc, RhMSUS™ (2018) University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Luc Nguyen, MD, RhMSUS™ (2018) University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
  • Shiv Tej Sehra, MD, RhMSUS™ (2018) Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA
  • Siddharth Tambar, MD, RhMSUS™ (2018) Presence Saint Joseph Hospital , Chicago, IL

Roles

  • Assemble examination forms according to the examination blueprint, following psychometric and editorial review of the multiple-choice test items

Desired Expertise

  • Must have good understanding of the knowledge and skills required of the minimally competent professional and five+ years as an educator or direct supervisor
  • Skill in question writing is preferred

Time Commitments

  • Webinars, conference calls, and emails as needed

Examination Development: Criterion Group

Volunteers

  • Amanda E. Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS™ (2016 - 2020) UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC - Chair, Examination Development Groups
  • Arnoldas Ceponis, MD, PhD, RhMSUS™ (2017 - 2018) University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Abhijeet Danve, MBBS, MD, RhMSUS™ (2018) Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Deirdre De Ranieri, MD, RhMSUS™ (2017 - 2018) University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Vikram Garg, MS, MD, RhMSUS™ (2018) Scripps, Encinitas, CA
  • Luc Nguyen, MD, RhMSUS™ (2018) University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
  • Shiv Tej Sehra, MD, RhMSUS™ (2018) Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA

Roles

  • Evaluate each test item according to its relevance and difficulty for the minimally-competent professional

Desired Expertise

  • Must have good understanding of the knowledge and skills required of the minimally competent professional and five+ years as an educator or direct supervisor

Time Commitments

  • One one-day meeting in Atlanta
  • Webinars, conference calls, and emails as needed