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From the College: Inspire Rheumatology’s Next Generation

The rheumatology patient population is projected to increase dramatically over the next decade, and there is an urgent need to recruit and train the next generation of rheumatologists.

Columns: A New Focus of International Rheumatology

Healthcare is global, and rheumatology is no exception. In fact, the international implications of our activities have become a recurring theme at ACR Board of Directors discussions over the past year. Whether discussing education, research, or practice issues, ACR board members are consistently reminded of the importance of breaking down traditional silos (geographic and otherwise) and of rheumatologists joining forces not only across the country but around the world as we pursue solutions to our common...

From the College: What a Bold Vision and Dedication Can Achieve

Over the past two years, you have heard us talking a lot about Within Our Reach: Finding a Cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis, the Research and Education Foundation (REF) campaign to raise and award funds for investigator-initiated research to find a cure for rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Columns: Looking Ahead to 2009

Pearl S. Buck once said, “One faces the future with one’s past.” As I look forward to the upcoming year of my presidency and prepare for the challenges the ACR will face in 2009, I have also spent time reflecting back on what initially attracted me to rheumatology and why I still believe it to be a unique and rewarding specialty.

From the College: Bridge Funding Award Keeps Researcher on the Path to Her Passion

On June 25, 2008, the American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation received a letter from Sujata Sarkar, MD, one of the first recipients of the ACR REF/Arthritis Foundation Bridge Funding Award. In that letter Dr. Sarkar wrote, “I am very thankful to you … This award has come to me at a very crucial and vulnerable time in my academic career as a junior researcher.” The crucial and vulnerable time to which Dr. Sarkar refers is the time when she would need to search...

From the College: Keep Your Money by Giving It Away

If you read last month’s article, “Why the REF” (p. 13), written by Leslie J. Crofford, MD, president of ACR Research and Education Foundation (REF), announcing the REF’s new planned giving program, you may have asked yourself, “How can I benefit from this program?” The answer: The REF’s planned-giving program is designed to help you plan your legacy while supporting the mission of the REF—to improve patients’ lives through support of research and...

From the College: Why the REF?

I am delighted to use the occasion of this inaugural REF president’s column to share a vision of the future and describe the exciting developments that will allow us to meet the challenges ahead. Although most of you know that the ACR is associated with a foundation, I find that many of our members wonder what the REF does that is different from the mission and activities of the ACR and the ARHP. In the simplest terms, the ACR and the ARHP are engaged in improving the quality of our professional...

From the College: 2008–2009 REF Award Recipients

The ACR Research and Education Foundation (REF) ensures the future of rheumatology by guaranteeing that there will be well-trained rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals to provide quality care to the patients who need it.

From the College: REF and AF Partner to Provide an Additional “Bridge Funding”

Fostering promising investigators is imperative to the future of rheumatology, so when the ACR Research and Education Foundation (REF) board of directors discovered that outstanding applicants were not being funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) K-series grant program (the NIH’s career development award program) due to budgetary constraints, the REF quickly called a meeting with the Arthritis Foundation (AF) and the NIH to discuss a solution.

From the College: Help Find a Cure for RA

The ACR REF established the Within Our Reach: Finding a Cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) campaign in 2006 with one goal in mind: to find a cure for RA.

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