Thank you for the tremendous honor of serving as ACR president. Given that this is my first column, I’d like to briefly introduce myself, outline a few of the challenges that we will face in 2012, and ask for your help in advancing rheumatology this next year. Only with the help and combined wisdom of our volunteers, members, and staff will we continue to thrive.
With considerable excitement, anticipation, humility, and, with more than a little anxiety, I begin my term as ACR president. It’s a privilege to serve as president of what I am sure I very objectively consider the premier medical subspecialty society, one of the very few in which clinicians in private practice, academicians, and researchers have stuck together under one organizational roof. This unity has been and will continue to be essential in keeping us strong (more on that throughout the year).
Sitting at the head of the table of our wonderful and very diverse organization is a humbling experience—no one person can hope to posses the knowledge and wisdom to understand all the nuances and future implications of the complex issues that we face. Fortunately for the ACR, Mark Andrejeski continues to assemble a truly remarkable staff in Atlanta, and our sagacious nominations committee has continued to assure that remarkable volunteers are in place on the board of directors and as committee chairs and committee members.