Each member of the College has a story to tell about why we joined. Those of us on the inside already know the many benefits of the ACR/ARP educational portfolio and the practice tools available for rheumatology professionals. Membership also brings excitement in our advocacy work and the enrichment of engaging with colleagues on legislative and regulatory issues important to our specialty.
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Sharing our member benefit experiences with like-minded rheumatology professionals who could become future members may inspire them to join our College sooner and help them achieve the professional and personal goals they have set for themselves in this New Year. Let them know all we have to offer.
Education—Our innovative educational portfolio allows rheumatology professionals to excel in our specialty by offering state-of-the-art, evidence-based learning activities to help deepen our fount of knowledge and develop our clinical skills. Members may take advantage of complimentary accredited educational products, such as eBytes, and earn CME credits in convenient, 30-minute, online programs on such topics as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Whether learning over lunch or while the kids are at soccer practice, these educational activities are accessible to us anytime, anywhere our busy schedules allow.
Likewise, Annual Meeting attendees can tap into ACR Beyond for virtual access to live meeting sessions for ongoing learning after the meeting has concluded.
These are just a few of the quality educational offerings available to ACR and ARP members—plus membership brings us valuable new scientific knowledge and practice tips monthly through subscriptions to this magazine, The Rheumatologist, and our journals, Arthritis & Rheumatology, Arthritis Care & Research and the soon-to-be-launched ACR Open Rheumatology.
Practice Tools—ARP members can take advantage of the highest quality clinical practice support resources. These tools enable us to follow best practices for rheumatologic care and training, and offer accessible, robust and clinically relevant information to us as a team caring for our patients. Our coding training ensures personalized assistance and updates on the latest billing changes.
Advocacy—The College’s advocacy work is not only essential to our profession, but also offers our members a wonderful opportunity to approach our nation’s leaders and discuss issues important to our patients and to the team caring for them. Our involvement in advocacy has had a huge impact, led to many positive legislative and regulatory changes, and being a part of this dynamic process also provides us with great personal and professional satisfaction as we seek—on a much larger scale than possible individually—to improve the lives of our patients and our ability to care for them.
As members of the interprofessional team, we advocate for our patients every day. As ARP members, we gain the power of numbers—and come together for such events as Advocates for Arthritis.