Current ARHP President Afton L. Hassett, PsyD—a clinical psychologist and an associate research scientist in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan—attended her first ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in 1999.
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Dr. Hassett submitted an abstract to the meeting describing her dissertation research exploring the role of pain and depression in rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. It was accepted, and she soon found herself among thousands of her colleagues crossing the bitterly cold and bustling streets of Boston to attend the premiere scientific meeting in rheumatology.
“I’d never seen anything like it,” she says of the meeting. “Being deeply involved in rheumatology research and seeing so many people doing the same in one place—I was like a kid in a candy store.”
For the next five years, Dr. Hassett thought everything in the ARHP revolved around its Annual Meeting. She would spend each year planning and waiting for the meeting’s arrival, because she thought it was her only opportunity to be exposed to cutting-