Ready for what’s next? At this year’s ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, Nov. 8–13, innovative education sessions will include virtual reality in rehabilitation, practical statistics refreshers and inspirational tips for lifelong reciprocal learning. These stimulating talks appeal to rheumatology professionals who work in any practice or academic setting—anywhere in the world.
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“We wanted these sessions to appeal to a diverse audience. We definitely created a program that is applicable to attendees from anywhere. At the Annual Meeting, we have many people who are from the U.S., but most meeting participants are traveling here from out of the country. We try not to make the content too U.S. centric, but more diverse in scope,” says Becki Cleveland, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Cleveland is the abstract chair on the ARP’s Annual Meeting Planning Subcommittee.
“ARP members come from so many different disciplines,” she says. “They want diverse educational content on everything from practice management to basic science. The ACR/ARP Annual Meeting is a great resource for everyone.”
Marian T. Hannan, PhD, MPH, will deliver the 2019 ARP Keynote Address, Paying It Forward: Reciprocal Learning and Sustainable Leadership, at 9:00 a.m. Sun., Nov. 10. Dr. Hannan is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is also senior scientist at Boston’s Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, where she serves as co-director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center. Dr. Hannan is also the editor-in-chief of Arthritis Care & Research.
With her deep experience as a mentor and leader, Dr. Hannan will share practical strategies for collaborative learning that nourishes and motivates individuals at every stage of their careers.
The three-part Stats Bootcamp is back this year. These popular refreshers help people at all proficiency levels bone up on biostatistics. Dr. Cleveland says, “Everyone in rheumatology invariably has to read scientific manuscripts, so it’s important to understand statistical results.”
Stats newbies can start with Sample Size & Power Calculations, on Sunday, Nov.10, and then dive into Statistical Modeling of Categorical Data on Monday, Nov. 11.
Seasoned stats wranglers will enjoy Intro to Multi-State Models for Time-to-Event Data Analysis on Tuesday, Nov. 12, which “ presents some new concepts that haven’t been done in rheumatology before,” says Dr. Cleveland.
Get Into the Game
Do your patients think physical therapy is a drudge, and you’re out of ideas on how to motivate them? A stimulating session will change their minds—and yours, according to Dr. Cleveland.
On Mon., Nov. 11, Make Rehab Fun: Virtual Reality & Therapeutic Gaming will explore evidence-based rehabilitation treatment strategies that use the latest gaming platforms and virtual reality technology.
“This session is super cool,” she says. “These [approaches] are video game formats that get people who are in rehab to perform certain exercises, and they’re more likely to do the work because we make it fun,” Games help patients improve physical and functional skills, and reach their therapy goals.
Join Us at the Annual Meeting
The 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, Nov. 8–13, in Atlanta is your gateway to global rheumatology education. View the Online Program to find out more about the opportunities for professional development and networking, and obtain firsthand access to the latest rheumatology research and clinical applications. Register now, and don’t miss out.