Expand Your Network


Inclusivity is at the core of who we are. When you join the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ACR/ARP), you are part of a global community that welcomes, accepts, and celebrates the diversity of professionals like you who serve the field of rheumatology. On the forefront with myriad opportunities to connect, have influence, and build relationships in the field of rheumatology—the rheumatology community needs you!


Get involved with the ACR/ARP community in the way that works for you. Consider peer reviewing articles, pilot testing educational offerings, partnering with patients to share stories with legislators to advocate for better access to care, or serving on one of the more than 50 ACR/ARP committees, task forces, or work groups—just a few ways to find your fit.

Whatever amount of time you can give, whatever expertise you can share, ACR/ARP volunteering builds close friendships and life-long relationships with a diverse network of professionals and interprofessionals who put their energy and influence to work for the rheumatology community. Consider volunteer opportunities like these to develop your leadership skills and collaborate with your ACR/ARP colleagues:


Interested in becoming or finding a mentor? Early career physicians and fellows greatly benefit from ACR’s mentoring programs and training in preparation for future leadership roles. And ACR/ARP members who become mentors affect the professional lives of their mentees by fostering insights, identifying needed knowledge, and expanding growth opportunities.

Meetings & Events

Participate in a variety of events and programs that bring together the vast rheumatology community, including thought leaders, specialists in pediatric rheumatic diseases, and leaders in rheumatology education.

ACR Convergence the world’s premier rheumatology event, brings together full care teams from around the world for an unmatched educational experience.

It's about you. It's about your team. Come together, learn from each other, and share experiences.

Community Connections

Use the ACR's professional communities to connect with peers worldwide or interact with the rheumatology community through the ACR’s social media accounts.

Volunteer Testimonials

Janet L. Poole, PhD, OTR/L

The networking and collaborations I developed as a volunteer were fundamental in me being the first occupational therapist to receive a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute grant in 2014. I met the Co-Investigator and other members of my research team through volunteering. Volunteering has been inspiring and rewarding personally and professionally and, through volunteering for the ACR/ARP, I have developed lifelong friendships and collaborations.

Make a Difference

Whether you choose to support our advocacy work or the Foundation's research and training programs, or both, your generosity makes it possible to continue our efforts to advance the specialty and the future of rheumatology.


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