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ARHP ANNOUNCEMENTS
Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals
1800 Century Place, Suite 250, Atlanta, Georgia 30345
ARHP Annual Scientific Meetings
October 16 –21, 2004, San Antonio, Texas
November 12–17, 2005, San Diego, California
2004 ARHP Merit Award Nominations Due April 16
Nominations for the 2004 ARHP Merit Awards are being accepted through April 26, 2004. The Distinguished Scholar Award,
the Addie Thomas Service Award, and the Lifetime Achievement
Award will be presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting in San
Antonio. Applications are available on the website, or by calling
404-633-3777 and asking for the ARHP Membership Department.
Distinguished Scholar Award Criteria. ARHP member not on
the Executive Committee; Publication of papers in peer-reviewed
journals, with preference given to candidates who are first or
senior authors; Publication of books; Research activities, including grants received; Publication of book chapters, abstracts, or
nonrefereed articles; Professional and scientific presentations
based upon the individual’s expertise; Grants submitted but not
awarded; Editor, or on editorial board of a refereed journal; Development of a creative work or educational program.
Addie Thomas Service Award Criteria. ARHP member not on
the Executive Committee; Length of service in the field of rheumatology; Quality of supporting documents and information in
the application; Volunteer contributions and/or recognition on
the local, regional, or national level.
Lifetime Achievement Award Criteria. Ten years or more of
ARHP (Formerly AHPA) membership, but not currently on the
Executive Committee; Evidence that a major portion of the candidate’s work has been devoted to arthritis-related issues; Evidence of unique and distinguished contributions to research
and/or health care, education and service including but not limited to a program of research that has led to new knowledge or
unique insights concerning rheumatic disease; the development
of a unique and validated approach to patient care, patient or
professional education, or other issue relevant to the ARHP; and
distinguished leadership in the ARHP and related organizations.
Pay Your Dues Online
You can pay your membership dues online. You can also make
changes to your professional information. Just go to www. Rheumatology.org and select Pay Membership Dues. Remember, your
membership runs by calendar year, December 31, 2003 through
December 31, 2004. Your dues must be paid by January 31st in
order for your name to be included in the directory.
2004 Call for Abstracts
The Call for Abstracts for the ARHP Scientific Meeting to be
held October 16 –21 in San Antonio, Texas has been mailed to all
members. If you are not a member and would like to receive a
copy, or if you have any questions, please contact: Happy Tyree,
12A
Manager, ARHP Education Department, 1800 Century Place, Suite
250, Atlanta, GA 30345, Phone: 404-633-3777, E-mail: [email protected]
rheumatology.org.
Submission deadline for electronic submission is May 13, 2004.
Additional information may be obtained from the ARHP website
www.rheumatology.org/arhp.
Nominations Being Accepted for 2005 Committees
Please contact the ARHP office (404) 633-3777 if you would like
to be considered for an ARHP Committee in 2005. Ask for David
Haag, Executive Director, or Jan Price, Manager of Membership
Services, or send an E-mail indicating your area of interest to:
[email protected] For a list of current volunteer opportunities, please access the website at www.rheumatology.org/
ARHP/committees.html.
Membership Recruitment
If you will be speaking at or attending another professional
meeting that would have candidates for ARHP membership, we
will be glad to supply you with ARHP recruitment materials. We
will provide colorful flyers, copies of the edition of Clinical Care
in the Rheumatic Diseases, ARHP newsletters, and complete
membership application packets. You may request recruitment
materials by contacting the ARHP Membership Department, Attention: Jan Price, Manager of Membership Services, 404-6333777, E-mail: [email protected] Please help your association grow.
Be an Advocate for Arthritis
Each February the ACR and ARHP have an annual conference,
Advocates for Arthritis, in Washington, DC. Rheumatologists,
health professionals, and patients from across the United States
participate. This year, the issues our advocates took to Capitol Hill
included: prescription drug benefit within the Medicare program,
access to care, and increased funding for research. The day before
the visits to the Hill, members attend an orientation session and
roll-playing sessions designed to model both an ideal and difficult
interaction with legislative staff. If you are interested in attending
next year’s event, or would like further information, contact
Aaron Johnson, Manager, ACR’s Government Affairs Committee
at (404) 633-3777.
You can also become an advocate for arthritis without even
leaving your office by accessing the legislative affairs information
area on the ACR web site. You can view the complete text of
legislative bills, receive alerts, and learn how to lobby by E-mail.
There is even an E-mail letter that you can send to your congressman, just by making a few editorial changes. To visit the site, go
to http://www.rheumatology.org, then click on Legislative Affairs
on the left hand side, and then click on Legislative Action Center,
Links to other sites, or Become a Member Advocates for Arthritis
Network.
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