For Dr. Hassett, the ARHP has provided opportunities to present her research, learn from a diverse group of members and increase her leadership skills.
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As for the many years she spent thinking of the ARHP as an Annual Meeting and only an Annual Meeting, she would say to her younger self and to other members who are considering volunteering: “Take the plunge, volunteer. If you do something—anything—you will feel more connected to an amazing group of professionals. But you need to take the first step: Sign up. If members don’t know you, they can’t give you a position on one of our many committees, subcommittees and task forces. Put yourself out there, so other volunteers can find you. Once you are connected to the volunteers, you will quickly become part of the structure and the future of ARHP.”
Sound words of advice from someone who went from an Annual Meeting attendee to ARHP president.
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Erin Latimer Meadows is a communications consultant and writer based in Atlanta. She is the principal consultant of Cause Collaboration LLC and works with organizations to help build their brands and meet their missions.
Afton Hassett’s Top 5
ARHP membership is a unique combination of resources, opportunities and people. Here are Dr. Hassett’s top five favorite things about being an ARHP research member.
- Journals—“This is the nature of what I do. And Arthritis & Rheumatology and Arthritis Care & Research are invaluable resources for me.”
- Diversity—“I love the people drawn to rheumatology and the unique mix of disciplines. I also appreciate the differences in each member’s work setting and geographic location.”
- Professional and personal connections—“ARHP members are great people—plain and simple. They are generous with their time and expertise, and very supportive of each other.”
- National leadership opportunities—“ARHP offers great opportunities to try your hand at national leadership. The quality of mentorship available is a major benefit.”
- ARHP staff—“The ARHP staff members are exceptional people. They guide our efforts, and are invested in the mission and in making their volunteers feel competent and supported.”