It has been my distinct pleasure to work with consumer collaborators—people living with arthritis—on research projects, advisory boards, and review panels, in consensus meetings to establish research agendas, and as co-educators in health professional programs. Those I work with have chosen the term “consumer collaborator” to reflect their contribution to and eventual use of our partnerships, although others might call them patients or clients.
From the College
The ARHP is pleased to announce the first recipients of its new Graduate Student Recognition Award: Rahul Kanna and Denise Power. By supporting the efforts of non-medical graduate students interested in rheumatology, this new award program recognizes creative research projects that merge the theory and clinical practice of rheumatologic care in an effort to improve the lives of patients with rheumatic diseases.
For Maribeth Morral, a third-year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine in State College, Pa., and ACR Research and Education Foundation (REF) Preceptorship winner, her first exposure to rheumatology was the product of a chance encounter. In the first year of medical school at Penn State, students are assigned to track a chronically ill patient throughout the year as a learning experience. Morral’s patient happened to be an 11-year-old girl diagnosed with juvenile RA.
The Research Committee of the United States Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) has launched a series of workshops to provide early-career clinical investigators with an opportunity to work with experienced researchers in rheumatology, and to assist them in securing funding and learning other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career.