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From: The Rheumatologist, March 2011

Supporting the Rheumatology Workforce

This month, the ACR will host the 13th Annual Rheumatology Training Directors’ Conference in Chicago. The conference is designed to provide training directors access to valuable resources and expose them to innovative teaching methods that will enable them to improve and strengthen their curriculum.

The ACR expects at least 100 representatives from adult and pediatric U.S.-accredited training programs to attend the conference, which will include presentations by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education about site visits and requirements, creating a culture of mentoring within the fellowship program, and the implications that medical workforce shifts will have on medical education.

The ACR Committee on Training and Workforce Issues remains committed to supporting rheumatology training programs to ensure a well-prepared future workforce. To promote career development for rheumatology program directors, the committee sponsors numerous activities and initiatives. These activities provide opportunities for program directors to discuss emerging topics, share best practices, and network with colleagues.

By participating in these types of opportunities, program directors will be better prepared for workforce challenges that face their programs and divisions. These events also will help the ACR’s Committee on Training and Workforce Issues remain in touch with the grassroots issues that these programs and divisions encounter, which ultimately leads to a better prepared future rheumatology workforce. For more information on how the ACR is preparing tomorrow’s rheumatologists, visit www.rheumatology.org.

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