Membership Types

Complete the online application and join ACR/ARP today! If you are not sure which membership is right for you, see information about the ACR and ARP membership types below.

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American College of Rheumatology

ACR Membership Types

Fellow

Degree: MD or DO
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)


International Fellow

Degree: MD, DO, or equivalent
Requirements (meet one of the criteria below):

  • ABIM, ABP, or AOBIM certified in Rheumatology
  • Successful completion of rheumatology training in a residency training program approved by the ACGME
  • Successful completion of a rheumatology training program outside of North America lasting a minimum of two (2) years
  • ACR International Member in good standing for a minimum of five (5) continuous years
Country of Residence: All countries outside North America (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)

Member

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)


International Member

Degree: MD, DO, or equivalent
Requirements: No certification in rheumatology required; meet one of the criteria below

  • Not yet eligible for International Fellowship
  • Actively engaged in a rheumatology-related specialty (e.g. – Internal Medicine, Allergy and Immunology)
  • Actively engaged in scientific research in the field of rheumatology or immunology
Country of Residence: All countries outside North America (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)


Emeritus

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)


Student, Resident, Pre/Post-Doctoral

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
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)


Fellow-in-Training

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
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: $110 (subscription to Arthritis & Rheumatology included)

All ACR membership categories require at least one letter of recommendation from a current ACR member. To assist in completing letters of recommendation, the ACR created a Member Recommendation Form.

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Association of Rheumatology Professionals

ARP Membership Types

Member

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
Country of Residence: United States, Canada, Mexico
Annual Dues: $140 (subscription to Arthritis Care & Research included)


International Member

Requirements: Health practitioner (excluding 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
Country of Residence: All countries outside North America (United States, Canada, Mexico)
Annual Dues: $140 (subscription to Arthritis Care & Research included)


Emeritus

Requirements: Health practitioner or professional (excluding physicians) who has retired from active practice
Country of Residence: All countries
Annual Dues: $30 (journal subscriptions not included)


Student

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
Application Requirements: A letter from your advisor/program director confirming your enrollment, listing the start and expected end date of your program of study
Country of Residence: All countries
Annual Dues: No cost (journal subscriptions not included)

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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.

Dues Assistance

Any Fellow, International Fellow, Member, or International Member may request a 50% reduction in their dues for one year; a new request must be made each year. Send written requests to membership@rheumatology.org. The member must demonstrate some type of financial hardship rendering him/her unable to pay the dues in full. Examples: 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).

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