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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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 email@example.com.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ACR fellow-in-training members can join our online FIT community and communicate any time to share information and exchange ideas.
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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 cms.gov.
The complete list of eligibility requirements for each of these meetings can be found in the FIT Scholarship Eligibility section above.
Fellows-in-Training Annual Meeting Scholarship
The Fellows-in-Training (FIT) annual meeting scholarship exposes fellows in training to ACR Convergence, the ACR's annual meeting. Applicants must be an ACR fellow-in-training member in good standing.
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Rheumatology Research Workshop (RRW)
The Rheumatology Research Workshop promotes interaction between young and established investigators to foster collaboration and career mentoring.
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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.
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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.
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Questions? Contact FITtravel@rheumatology.org
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
Case-based, multiple-choice questions with in-depth answer rationales and links to suggested reading
Explore ACR’s broad range of educational activities, including live meetings and online courses.
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Rheum2Learn 2.0 case-based, online activities are a useful resource for residents and internal medicine program directors during rheumatology rotation and rheumatology health professionals for self-study.
Rheum2Learn 2.0 – Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Rheum2Learn 2.0 – Pediatric Rheumatology
Rheum2Learn 2.0 – Infectious Arthritis
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 rheumatology.
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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
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.
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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.
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Learn about the Rheumatology Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam, including key dates, exam content, scoring, and more.
See ABIM Certification Details
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.
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.
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Guide to Health Care Jobs for Residents & Fellows
Is finding a great physician job next on your to-do list? This guide will walk you through all the steps you need to find your first job.
See Guide to Healthcare Jobs for Residents & Fellows
Start your job search now! The ACR’s CareerConnection service, supported by Health eCareers is free to job seekers searching for opportunities in the field of rheumatology.
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Research Resources & the Rheumatology Research Foundation
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.
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Rheumatology Research Foundation
The Rheumatology Research Foundation is the largest private funding source for rheumatology research and training in the United States.
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Awards & Grants
Check out programs funded by the Rheumatology Research Foundation train the next generation of rheumatology professionals.
See Foundation Awards & Grants