As we emerge from the grips of a global pandemic, we are taking this opportunity to pause and reflect on the ARP and what our division brings to the care of our patients.
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Explore This IssueApril 2021
I found the words of Amanda Gordon’s inaugural reading of her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” inspirational and instructive for our past, present and future journey:
That even as we grieved, we grew
That even as we hurt, we hoped
That even as we tired, we tried …
Then victory won’t lie in the blade
But in all the bridges we’ve made.
—Amanda Gordon, Jan. 21
As the interprofessional division of the ACR, the ARP has worked hard throughout the year to be the bridge for interprofessional members and bring your voices to all aspects of the College’s activities. Through our volunteers, the ARP has participated in the development of the following resources and educational programming.
2020 in the Mirror
Throughout the past year we focused on ensuring our members had the tools and resources necessary to respond to the SARS-CoV-2 infection. We continue this important work, with frequent updates to the guidance documents created on COVID-19.
Vaccines are being rolled out, and although the process may not be smooth, vaccination will protect us and reduce the severity and transmission of this viral infection. To understand how the vaccines work and their impact on our patients with rheumatic diseases, review the ACR vaccine clinical guidance document.
Treatments for SARS-CoV-2 are improving and the mortality rate has dropped considerably—although it is still too high. Follow the latest recommendations for treatment in patients with rheumatic diseases from the ACR/ARP coronavirus clinical task forces—for adult patients; and for pediatric patients.
Self-care behavioral health resources are flourishing and available on a variety of platforms. A team of ARP members has curated a reference list of diverse resources.
More Than COVID-19
2020 brought many changes to the way we work and learn, and as we continue to shelter in place and socially distance, the ACR is Zoom-ing through meetings and activities to bring you the guidance and support you need for 2021 and beyond.
Through our online platforms, we have access to great minds. Whether you are a practicing rheumatologist, clinical pharmacist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, nurse, occupational or physical therapist, practice manager or researcher, tremendous content for all members of the interprofessional team is available. These enduring products are relevant and available to help you meet the challenges you face every day.