The ACR is also launching a new association management system that will collect data to help the organization better meet the needs of individual members.
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Explore This IssueJuly 2018
Personalized Content & Targeted Member Interactions
The vision is to leverage our current and new digital platforms to ultimately deliver an improved online experience to our members, allowing them to better navigate and access information, with the ability to personalize resources.
Increased Membership in Targeted Categories
To better address the needs of the diverse constituency of the ARHP, we launched an assessment of nonmembers to identify the needs of the rheumatology health professional community. The organization will use this to further analyze our priorities and future initiatives. The organization also launched the ARHP Is for Me campaign to educate the rheumatology community on our diverse membership and benefits. The ARHP combined our membership categories and broadened the definition to be inclusive of all ARHP constituencies.
As we look to the future and the ACR/ARHP priorities, we want to hear from you: Look for additional needs surveys targeting both ACR and ARHP members during 2018 and 2019. Completing these surveys will help us do our job better.
Education Enabled by Technology
The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting brings together more than 15,000 rheumatology professionals to network and hear cutting-edge research from experts from around the world. It speaks to our mission to “empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty.” This goal is further advanced by the launch of ACR Beyond, which brings you live-streaming options and online access to core education at your fingertips, when you want it. A variety of online content is available through Rheum4Science, Rheum2Learn, eBytes, CARE modules and the Fundamentals in Rheumatology Course. The end of 2018 will see the launch of the recently revised Advanced Rheumatology Course (ARC), followed by ARC eBytes in early 2019.
Sustained Future of Rheumatology
The workforce shortage in rheumatology is a critical issue that will require increased numbers of providers and innovative approaches to extend the reach of rheumatology practices. In 2018, our combined efforts saw the release of the Core Curriculum to Facilitate the Expansion of a Rheumatology Practice to Include Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Thanks to the Rheumatology Research Foundation, the first applications are being accepted for the Mentored Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Award for Workforce Expansion, which will be awarded in 2019. We continue to look for innovative healthcare models engaging the rheumatology care team, and several relevant presentations will be held at the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in Chicago.