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The easiest way to join the ACR/ARHP is to complete the new member application online.
Membership applications are automatically saved by moving to the next step. If you need to leave the application and come back later to complete it; you can return to this page or the My Account page and click the link Continue Application at the top.
All ACR membership categories require at least one letter of recommendation from a current ACR member. Review the requirements for your selected category by clicking the category name to see the details below. ARHP Students are required to provide a student verification letter. All other ARHP membership categories do not have a recommendation letter requirement.
Please allow two - three days for application processing once all application materials have been received; you will receive 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.
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Degree: Minimum – Bachelor’s
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
Country of Residence: All countries
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
Country of Residence: United States, Canada, Mexico
Application Requirements: Two (2) letters of recommendation from current ACR members
Annual Dues: $415 (subscriptions to Arthritis & Rheumatology and Arthritis Care & Research included)
Degree: MD, DO, or equivalent
Requirements (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
Requirements: Not certified in rheumatology; member should be engaged in a rheumatology-related specialty (e.g. – Internal Medicine, Allergy & Immunology) OR be actively engaged in scientific research in the field of rheumatology or immunology
Application Requirements: One (1) letter of recommendation from a current ACR member
Requirements: No certification in rheumatology required; meet one of the criteria below
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
Annual Dues: $55 (journal subscriptions not included; available at a reduced rate)
Requirements: A degreed professional, eligible for membership in his/her discipline’s national association and with a demonstrated interest in the field of rheumatology.
Examples: Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Pharmacist
Annual Dues: $140 (subscription to Arthritis Care & Research included)
Requirements: A degreed professional who demonstrates an interest in rheumatology practice
Examples: Practice Manager, Practice Administrator, Insurance Specialist, Certified Coder, Biller
Requirements: Associate degree or non-degreed professional who demonstrates an interest in rheumatology practice, research, or education
Examples: Licensed Practical Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, Laboratory Technician, Radiology Technician
Annual Dues: $90 (journal subscriptions not included)
Requirements: A degreed professional, eligible for membership in his/her discipline’s national association, and with a demonstrated interest in the field of rheumatology.
Examples: Physician’s Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Pharmacist, Psychologist, Social Worker, Health Educator, Researcher
Requirements: Member who has retired from active practice
Annual Dues: $30 (journal subscriptions not included)
Requirements: Enrolled in a health professional program leading to a baccalaureate or graduate degree and demonstrate an interest in rheumatology
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)
If you prefer to join by fax or mail, please download a pdf of the ACR Membership Application or ARHP Membership Application and send it to the location on the form.
Any Fellow, Fellow International, Member, or Member International 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 email@example.com. 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).