Volunteers are the most important part of the ARHP’s framework—they are the foundation. Three ARHP members—from the beginning roots of a student to a full-time health professional member—recently shared their unique stories of ARHP volunteerism with “From the College” (FTC).
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Donah Crawford, BS, MA, Research Coordinator, The Arthritis Group, Philadelphia. Committee member: ACR Ethics and Conflicts of Interest. Previous committee assignments: ARHP Membership and Nominations Committee, ARHP Practice Committee, and ARHP Research Committee.
FTC: How does serving on an ARHP committee help you achieve your professional goals?
Crawford: I am a card-carrying member of the ARHP, and I can attest that joining a committee is the best thing you can do for your career. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people at the annual meetings over the years, and that is not as insignificant as it sounds. It’s perfect for me to have the companionship, and to exchange ideas and collaborate with my fellow ARHP committee members. The principal investigator at my site thought it would helpful for me to become a member and get involved in the ARHP since I work in a freestanding private practice. The people I met during my time serving on committees have really supported me in following the right legal guidelines. As a result, I’ve developed training classes devoted to legal guidelines. I could not do what I do without all the links and support from the ARHP. These members are just bright people who have great ideas. As a research coordinator, I spend a lot of my time following a protocol, so when I meet with my committees and discuss ideas, the experience is invaluable. I actually don’t know if I could work in my profession without the support of my friends in the ARHP.
Alyssa Dufour, PhD, Biostatistician, Hebrew Senior-Life, Institute for Aging Research and Harvard Medical School, Boston. Previous committee assignments: ARHP Education Committee and ARHP Clinical Care Text Editor Search Task Force.
ARHP: How does serving on an ARHP committee help you achieve your professional goals?
Dr. Dufour: As a graduate student, I thought it was really great to be exposed to the background of the ARHP and fun to see what goes on during the committee meetings. I met so many wonderful people and developed relationships even before obtaining my degree and recently after graduating. The networking opportunities at the ARHP were ideal for me, as I was working on figuring out where I wanted to be in my future career. I look forward to being more involved now that I am a full health professional member of the ARHP.