FIT Resources

Resources for Rheumatology Fellows in Training


See information for fellows-in-training including ways to get involved with ACR, volunteer opportunities, communities, scholarships, tips on preparing for the boards, education, career planning, and research resources.

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Fellows-in-Training Subcommittee
The Fellows-in-Training Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the ACR Committee on Training and Workforce Issues, consists of ten fellows-in-training members. The Subcommittee’s objectives are to organize the fellows’ educational sessions at the State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium and ACR Convergence, influence fellow-in-training volunteer opportunities, and enhance fellow-in-training educational resources.

If you are interested in applying for the Fellows-in-Training Subcommittee, the call for applications opens each year in August. Please contact for additional information.

ACR Standing Committees
Fellow-in-training members can join ACR standing committees as full, voting members for one-year terms. Each standing committee organizes and establishes subcommittees and task forces as it deems necessary to carry out its objectives. The nomination/application process begins annually every spring.
See ACR Standing Committees

Contribute to RheumPAC
U.S members can contribute to RheumPAC, the ACR’s non-partisan political action committee which provides opportunities to educate Congress on the importance and value of rheumatology.
See RheumPAC Details

Write for The Rheumatologist
The Rheumatologist is printed monthly and reaches a circulation of over 11,500 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals. The Fellows’ Forum is a column written by fellows, for fellows. FITs can submit case reports and articles on lifestyle, advocacy, fellowship, career development, clinical practice issues, etc. If you are interested in writing for the Fellows' Forum, please contact
Read The Rheumatologist

Advocate for Rheumatology
The ACR advocates on behalf of rheumatologists and the rheumatology community through involvement in federal and state legislation and regulatory action, participation in hearings, and educating lawmakers on issues important to rheumatologists, health professionals, and patients.
Get Involved in Advocacy

Advocacy 101
Advocacy 101 is an initiative of the ACR Government Affairs Committee to engage, educate, and enhance the participation of FITs and program directors in health policy and advocacy issues. Every year, the ACR provides funding for a group of FITs and program directors to spend time in Washington, D.C. to learn about advocacy issues through the Advocacy 101 program. The experience culminates with a day on the Hill to meet with policymakers and educate them on issues relevant to our profession. The call for applications opens each year in the summer and the event takes place in September.
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Advocacy Information & Resources
Find out how you can help advance rheumatology both on the state and federal level. If you have questions about getting involved, contact
See ACR Advocacy Efforts

Professional Communities
ACR fellow-in-training members can join our online FIT community and communicate any time to share information and exchange ideas.
See Professional Communities

FIT Scholarships

The FIT Scholarship Eligibility Guide outlines the eligibility requirements and benefits of the FIT scholarship for ACR educational meetings. ACR notifies fellows-in- training by email when scholarships open.

Funding for fellow-in-training scholarships is made possible in part by support of the American College of Rheumatology Fellows Education Fund. Scholarships are reportable payments to physicians under the Physicians Payment Sunshine Act. See more information on the scope and contents of such reporting at

FIT Scholarship Eligibility Guide

The complete list of eligibility requirements for each of these meetings can be found in the FIT Scholarship Eligibility section above.

ACR Convergence
ACR Convergence, the ACR's annual meeting, is the world's premier educational event for physicians, healthcare professionals, and scientists who treat or research rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. It is attended by more than 15,000 rheumatology professionals from 100+ countries.
See ACR Convergence Details

Rheumatology Research Workshop (RRW)
The Rheumatology Research Workshop promotes interaction between young and established investigators to foster collaboration and career mentoring.
See RRW Details

State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium (SOTA)
The State-of-the-Art Clinical Symposium exposes fellows-in-training to a range of content delivered by key opinion leaders in areas such as therapeutic developments, recent research findings, and scientific advances.
See SOTA Details

Pediatric Rheumatology Symposium (PRSYM)
The Pediatric Rheumatology Symposium occurs every three years and includes lectures, table topics, oral abstracts, and poster presentations in clinical, basic science, and educational training areas.
See PRSYM Details

Winter Rheumatology Symposium (WRS)
The Winter Rheumatology Symposium provides current, practical clinical information on the diagnosis and management of patients with rheumatic and immune disorders.
See WRS Details

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Preparing for the Boards

Board certification demonstrates that physicians have met rigorous standards through intensive study, self-assessment, and evaluation. See resources to learn more about certification and prepare for the boards.

ABIM Rheumatology Certification Exam Dates

ABP Pediatric Rheumatology Certification Exam Dates
Pediatric rheumatology boards are offered every other year in odd years

CARE Activities
Case-based, multiple-choice questions with in-depth answer rationales and links to suggested reading


Educational Activities
Explore ACR’s broad range of educational activities, including live meetings and online courses.
Explore Events & Programs

Rheum4Science online activities are for rheumatology fellows in training, medical students, residents, practicing rheumatologists, and other rheumatology providers interested in strengthening their understanding of basic scientific principles and clinical research methodology relevant to rheumatology.

Rheum4Science – Immunology

Rheum4Science – Immunopathogenesis of Rheumatic Disease

Rheum4Science – Clinical Research Methodology

Rheum2Learn 2.0
These case-based, online activities are a useful resources for residents and internal medicine program directors during rheumatology rotation and rheumatology health professionals for self-study.

ACR Convergence
The American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting is the world’s premier rheumatology meeting with opportunities for professional development, networking, and the latest rheumatology research and clinical applications.
See ACR Convergence Details

RhMSUS™ Certification
Physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who perform ultrasound as part of their practice in rheumatology can demonstrate competency in musculoskeletal ultrasound and promote quality of care with the ACR’s Musculoskeletal (MSUS or MSK) Ultrasound Certification in Rheumatology (RhMSUS program).
See RhMSUS Certification Details

USSONAR is dedicated to the training of rheumatologists in musculoskeletal ultrasound.
See USSONAR Details

Image Library
The Rheumatology Image Library is an online library with a comprehensive collection of images on a wide range of rheumatology diseases and conditions.
Explore Image Library

Adult Rheumatology In-Training Exam
The Adult Rheumatology In-Training Examination (ITE) allows fellows-in-training to evaluate their progress and compare their results against national outcomes.
See Adult ITE Details

Learn about the Rheumatology Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam, including key dates, exam content, scoring, and more.
See ABIM Certification Details

Career Planning

Now that you have decided on a subspecialty, let the ACR’s resources help you start your career with knowledge and confidence. Your journey through fellowship is an important time in your life to develop the foundation for your future. While every individual’s plans are different, we think you will find our career planning timeline and academic career and research funding roadmaps instrumental to your career development.

Career Roadmap
The Career Roadmap timeline is based on insights and guidance from academic leaders/investigators, practitioners, and fellows, to provide an overview of the fellows-in-training career development process.
See Career Roadmap

ACR CareerConnection
Start your job search now! The ACR’s CareerConnection service, supported by YM Careers is free to job seekers searching for opportunities in the field of rheumatology.
Access ACR CareerConnection

Research Resources & the Rheumatology Research Foundation

Research Resources
Explore general rheumatology research resources, learn about clinical trials and registries, access resources to guide clinical researchers in evidence-based practice. Also see information, resources, and funding opportunities for early career investigators.
See Research Resources

Rheumatology Research Foundation
The Rheumatology Research Foundation is the largest private funding source for rheumatology research and training in the United States.
See Foundation Resources

Awards & Grants
Check out programs funded by the Rheumatology Research Foundation train the next generation of rheumatology professionals.
See Foundation Awards & Grants

Become a Fellow-in-Training Member

The ACR provides unparalleled resources and education for anyone in a rheumatology training program. Join today for access to career planning and to become eligible for scholarships to fund your training.

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