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The easiest way to join the ACR/ARHP is to complete the new member application online. If you are not sure which membership type is right for you, see information about the ACR and ARHP membership categories below.
Letters of Recommendation
All ACR membership categories require at least one letter of recommendation from a current ACR member. Review the requirements for your selected category below. ARHP Students are required to provide a student verification letter. All other ARHP membership categories do not have a recommendation letter requirement.
Processing and Confirmation
Please allow two - three days for application processing after we receive all application materials. You will receive an email confirmation as you complete key steps in the process. Access to membership benefits begins immediately. A list of new members is presented to the Board of Directors for approval at quarterly meetings.
Note: Membership applications are saved automatically by moving to the next step. If you need to leave the application and return later to complete it, visit the My Account page, find your application in the Membership Application section, and click edit.
If you prefer to join by fax or mail, download a pdf of the ACR Membership Application or ARHP Membership Application.
Degree: MD, DO, DVM, DMD, DDS, DPH, EdD, PhD, PharmD
Requirements: Not certified in rheumatology; engaged in a rheumatology-related specialty (e.g. Internal Medicine, Allergy and Immunology) OR actively engaged in scientific research in the field of rheumatology or immunology
Country of Residence: United States, Canada, Mexico
Application Requirements: One (1) letter of recommendation from a current ACR member
Annual Dues: $415 (subscriptions to Arthritis & Rheumatology and Arthritis Care & Research included)
Degree: MD, DO, or equivalent
Requirements: No certification in rheumatology required; meet one of the criteria below
Country of Residence: All countries outside North America (United States, Canada, Mexico)
Degree: MD, DO, DVM, DMD, DDS, DPH, EdD, PhD, PharmD, or equivalent
Requirements: Current or qualified Fellow, Member, International Fellow, or International Member who has reached the age of 70 or older
Country of Residence: All countries
Annual Dues: $55 (journal subscriptions not included; available at a reduced rate)
Degree: Minimum – Bachelors
Requirements: Enrolled in a graduate-level program in medicine or a related field; OR enrolled in a residency program and interested in rheumatology; OR engaged in a period of mentored research
Application Requirements: A letter from your advisor/program director confirming your enrollment, listing the start and expected end date of your program of study
Annual Dues: No cost (online subscriptions to Arthritis & Rheumatology and Arthritis Care & Research included)
Degree: MD or DO
Requirements (United States): ABIM, ABP, or AOBIM certified (or eligible) in Internal Medicine and currently enrolled or less than one year out of a rheumatology training program
Requirements (International): Currently enrolled or less than one year out of a qualified rheumatology training program, accordingly to the regulations of his/her country
Annual Dues: $110 (subscription to Arthritis & Rheumatology included)
Requirements: ABIM, ABP, or AOBIM certified in rheumatology
Application Requirements: Two (2) letters of recommendation from current ACR members
Requirements (meet one of the criteria below):
Requirements: Health practitioner (excluding North American licensed physician) or other professional who currently works or has an interest in rheumatology
Examples: Behavioral Science, Clinical, Health Services, Public Health and Translational Research, Laboratory Science, Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, Office Administration and Support Team, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Radiology
Annual Dues: $140 (subscription to Arthritis Care & Research included)
Requirements: Health practitioner (excluding licensed physician) or other professional who currently works or has an interest in rheumatology
Requirements: Health practitioner or professional (excluding physicians) who has retired from active practice
Annual Dues: $30 (journal subscriptions not included)
Requirements: Enrolled in a health practitioner / professional program leading to a baccalaureate or graduate degree or post-professional training program (excluding physicians)
Examples of Programs: Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Social Work, Psychology, Laboratory Sciences, Physician Assistant, Health Education, Epidemiology
Annual Dues: No cost (journal subscriptions not included)
Any Fellow, International Fellow, Member, or International Member may request a 50% reduction in their dues for one (1) year; a new request must be made each year. Requests should be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. The member must demonstrate some type of financial hardship rendering them unable to pay their dues in full. Examples include sudden loss of income, financial hardship, or extended medical leave. Income information may be required. If a dues reduction is granted, journal subscription access will be available online but not in print (if subscription is included with membership).