Paul Adam, MSW, has long been passionate about research, but it was attending ACR/ARHP meetings that solidified his decision to pursue it in his social work career.
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“I would get Arthritis Care & Research every month and look for articles pertaining to what I did, and go to the [ACR/ARHP] Annual Meeting and see a person presenting their journal article or see them on a committee,” he says. Getting to know them and realizing they were down to Earth helped alleviate the intimidation Mr. Adam first felt when wading into the research realm and convinced him that he, too, was cut out for research.
Mr. Adam came to rheumatology somewhat accidentally. He was inspired by his mother, who lived with severe osteoarthritis. As a social worker, “I think we’re motivated to try and help people deal with things, and I wanted to help other people like her hopefully have better lives,” he says.