If you don’t know where you are going, you are certain to end up somewhere else. —Yogi Berra
Why Make a Plan?
The ACR has a long history of strategic planning. As the ACR celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, we prepare to embark on another comprehensive self-assessment to reevaluate our strengths and weaknesses and our successes and challenges, with the goal of identifying those activities that will advance our specialty and provide the most value to our members.
The core strength of the ACR is its people. It is the professional organization for rheumatologists of all stripes, as well as for numerous disciplines of rheumatology health professionals. The collective wisdom of so many diverse talents and perspectives, all serving a common mission, greatly strengthens our organization. Of course this core strength also comes with important challenges. In order to represent such a diverse membership, the volunteer leadership of the ACR must itself be diverse and must commit to learning about and supporting the needs of all of our members, not just a subset. And the ACR must commit to creating a varied and diverse suite of programs and services with the goal of providing the maximum possible benefits for the maximum possible number of members, given the available resources. Moreover, we must have the flexibility to respond to a wide variety of member needs. For example, in recent years the needs of the rheumatology specialty have expanded significantly, requiring more practice support, more focused advocacy efforts, and programs to respond to pending quality-reporting requirements, among others—and the ACR responded to those needs. These challenges underscore the critical importance of disciplined strategic planning.
ACR STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
Antony Rosen, MD, Co-Chair, Johns Hopkins University
Audrey Uknis, MD, Co-Chair, Temple University School of Medicine
Erin Arnold, MD, Illinois Bone and Joint Institution
David Borenstein, MD, Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates
Lenore Buckley, MD, MPH, VCU School of Medicine
Stanley Cohen, MD, St. Paul University Hospital
Leslie Crofford, MD, University of Kentucky
Kathryn Dao, MD, Arthritis Consultation Center Rheumatology
David Daikh, MD, PhD, VA Medical Center – Rheumatology
Pamela Degotardi, PhD, Queens College CUNY Honors
Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN, Rehabilitation Institution Chicago
Peter Embi, MD, University of Cincinnati
Joseph Flood, MD, Musculoskeletal Medical Specialists
Richard Furie, MD, North Shore LIJ Health System
Sherine Gabriel, MD, MSc, Mayo Clinic
After months of hard work—and with insightful input from many ACR/ARP members, staff, committees and the Board of Directors—we are pleased to introduce the ACR’s 2022–27 strategic plan. This plan sets the stage for our numerous activities in the next few years and cultivates innovational approaches to support our diverse membership. This new plan will…
Rheumatology is at a critical juncture in our history. To advance into the future, the ACR must thoroughly prepare for changing political landscapes, emerging technologies and workforce challenges. On May 12, the ACR Board of Directors met in Washington, D.C., to approve our ambitious new Strategic Plan for 2017–2022. This plan encompasses five strategic themes…
Volunteering is a great way to give back and can be truly meaningful. Myriad worthwhile causes exist, so it can be hard to choose among them, but donating time to ACR and ARP committees helps promote rheumatology practice and brings awareness to rheumatic diseases. The College relies on volunteers to help achieve strategic priorities, promote…
Over the past 16 months, the world has shone a bright light on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Although the College has been focused on diversity initiatives since 2020, the interprofessional division of the College, the ARP, has recently taken a deeper dive into DEI initiatives in its processes, procedures and volunteering….