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From the College: New ACR and ARHP Leaders Join the Ranks
The ACR is pleased to welcome new and returning leaders to the ACR board of directors and ARHP executive committee who were appointed in November. The following members were selected to serve as the newest members-at-large of the ACR board of directors. Each of them shared what they will bring to the table.
As I begin my presidential term, I would first like to thank each of you, colleagues and friends, for the honor of serving you during 2010–2011. I know that the upcoming year will bring many challenges and changes, especially related to new federal laws and regulations. You can rest assured that the ACR is committed to promoting the needs of the profession, our membership, and especially our patients during these rapidly changing times.
From the College: ARHP News: Celebrating a Year of Achievements
What an exciting year 2010 has been for the ARHP! We have made amazing progress in education, collaboration, and charting the ARHP’s future. To help you understand what the ARHP leadership and staff are doing on your behalf, I would like to share a few of our accomplishments from the past year.
Columns: Influencing the Infuencers
Many of us have experienced that look—confusion—when you tell someone that you work in rheumatology. It happens at dinner parties, in line at the grocery store, and during conversations on airplanes. The look can open the door to conversations about rheumatology. However, when the influential people whose decisions affect our specialty don’t know who we are and don’t value our contributions to healthcare, that look has serious consequences.
From the College: ARHP Member Serving in Afghanistan
Epidemiologist and ARHP member Lieutenant Colonel Robert Campbell, PhD, is currently serving as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve on a biometric team that assists senior officials of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, USAID, the U.S. Embassy, and other military organizations in the development of plan for the recruitment of biometric enrollment technicians and the identification of a secure national database to support a revised Afghan National Identification card, the “New...
From the College: Rheumatologist Receives Golden Apple Award
ACR member Victoria Seligman, MD, of the departments of medicine and rheumatology at the VA Medical Center in Denver, received the Golden Apple Award from Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) for her commitment to providing education and training in developing countries.
The ACR will soon be accepting applications for the Fellows-in-Training (FIT) Travel Scholarship, which gives fellows-in-training the opportunity to experience the 2010 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting. Through the scholarship program, rheumatology fellows can network and learn from other fellows-in-training. In addition to free meeting registration, fellows-in-training will be provided support for five nights’ accommodations, airfare, and ground transportation, and will receive an invitation to...
From the College: The ACR Benchmark Survey Results
In 2009, the ACR’s Committee on Rheumatologic Care (CORC) began its third Economic Benchmark Survey to update information from the previous surveys conducted in 1999 and 2003.
The ACR Advocacy list serve was on fire in December 2009 as members discussed the recent price increase for colchicine. Patients and physicians alike were shocked to discover that Colcrys, a new brand name colchicine, skyrocketed in cost after receiving approval for acute gout and familial Mediterranean fever (FMF), increasing in price from approximately 10 cents a pill to approximately five dollars a pill. For a twice-daily dose, the monthly cost of colchicine increased from $6 to $300! How did this...
Features: Home Page Makeover
The ACR’s Web site has a new face—and it’s brighter, simpler, and more straightforward. The ACR relaunched its Web site—www.rheumatology.org—in early February and it is everything that the planners had hoped to achieve. “Everything we do at the College is designed to provide support for our members whether they be in private practice or in academic rheumatology,” says Stan Cohen, MD, president of the ACR. “The new Web site design makes it much easier for our...