musculoskeletal ultrasound conference for rheumatology MSUS

Ultrasound Conference

In Person


About the Event

Date:November 14–15, 2024

Location:Washington, D.C.

Credit:CME: 14.00; ABIM MOC: 14.00

On Demand:Not Available

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This intensive, two-day, pre-ACR Convergence conference is designed to meet the specific educational needs of rheumatology professionals who want to learn ultrasound technology. Under the guidance of experts from around the world, attendees will perform hands-on scanning of live models to enhance technical proficiency for the diagnosis of normal and abnormal clinical conditions. At the completion of this course, attendees should be able to demonstrate familiarity with the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, hip, knee, foot, and ankle, and ultrasound guidance of aspirations, injections, and biopsies.

Ultrasound Conference Courses

Two courses will be offered. Each course will take place over two days, on November 14–15. Select either:

  • Basic-Intermediate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course or
  • Advanced Ultrasound: Inflammatory Arthropathies, Lupus, Sjögren's Disease, Interstitial Lung Disease, and Vasculitis

Both novice and advanced learners are encouraged to join one of the courses. Although documentation is not required, some basic experience in rheumatologic joint sonography is recommended as a prerequisite for the Advanced Ultrasound course.

Target Audience
This activity is intended for rheumatology professionals with a beginner to low intermediate level of ultrasound experience, or rheumatology professionals with ultrasound experience interested in advanced learning opportunities. To provide an optimal learning environment, attendance is limited.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the Basic-Intermediate Course, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize indications for the use of ultrasound in rheumatology practice
  • Incorporate the use of ultrasound in their practice
  • Acquire reliable and consistent ultrasound images of basic-intermediate level elementary lesions
  • Interpret ultrasound images adequately in a manner that informs clinical decision making and patient education
  • Incorporate ultrasound guidance into joint and tendon injection procedure

Upon completion of the Advanced Course, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize ultrasound pathology related to various types of rheumatic conditions
  • Acquire and interpret ultrasound images of various rheumatic conditions using validated scoring systems
  • Engage in more effective shared decision-making processes with patients with the information provided by ultrasound images acquired at the point of care
  • Recognize more advanced ultrasound guided procedural techniques
  • Incorporate effective dynamic maneuvers to improve image acquisition

Featured Speakers

Jemima Albayda, MD, RhMSUS

Jemima Albayda, MD, RhMSUS
Associate Professor of Medicine; Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program; Director, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Injection Clinic, Johns Hopkins University



Eugene Kissin, MD, RhMSUS

Eugene Kissin, MD, RhMSUS
Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director, Boston University Medical Center




Gurjit Kaeley, MBBS, RhMSUS, MRCP

Gurjit Kaeley, MBBS, RhMSUS, MRCP
Division Chief, Professor of Medicine, Fellowship Program Director, Program Director for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, University of Florida College of Medicine



Ralf Thiele, MD, RhMSUS

Ralf Thiele, MD, RhMSUS
Associate Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology Division, University of Rochester




Janeth Yinh, MD, RhMSUS

Janeth Yinh, MD, RhMSUS
Rheumatologist, Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Program, Massachusetts General Hospital



Program Schedule & Syllabi

Ultrasound Conference Program Schedule

Registered attendees can access the syllabi during the meeting and for 12 months after the meeting. To access syllabi, login and go to My Learning.

View the full ACR Convergence program

Registration Fees

ACR/ARP Member: $1,995
Potential Member: $2,495

Hotel & Travel

The Ultrasound Conference will take place at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C., on November 14–15.

Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Hotel reservations can be made via the registration link (coming soon).

View the hotel map and rates and information about traveling to Washington, D.C.

Corporate Support

The American College of Rheumatology thanks our corporate supporters and partners for their commitment to advancing rheumatology by supporting ACR and ARP programs and initiatives.

Interested in Exhibiting or Sponsorship?
Support this pre-ACR Convergence event and connect with a focused group of attendees as an exhibitor and/or sponsor, or support with in-kind equipment. View the Exhibitor and Sponsorship Prospectus and contact Kat Dennis ( with questions or to secure your spot.

Educational grant support information to be announced

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Accreditation Statement
The American College of Rheumatology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

See the ACR’s CME Mission Statement. For more information, download the AMA PRA Booklet.

Designation Statement
The ACR designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME credit must be claimed by December 31, 2024.


MOC Recognition Statement
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14.00 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

By completing this activity, you provide the ACR permission to share completion data with the ACCME and the certifying board.

After submitting a reflective statement with key takeaways from the meeting, MOC points will be applied for ABIM diplomates to the ABIM diplomate number and date of birth provided when you registered. Points are sent nightly to ACCME and then transferred to the ABIM Physician Portal. Please allow at least 48 hours for points to display in the portal.

MOC points must be claimed by December 31, 2024.

ABIM CME/ MOC accredited


Credit claiming is available after the activity starts.

ACR Disclosure Statement
It is the policy of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) to ensure that Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities are independent and free of commercial bias. To ensure educational content is objective, balanced, and guarantee content presented is in the best interest of its learners' and the public, the ACR requires that everyone in a position to control educational content disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. An ineligible company is one whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Examples can be found at

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, ACR has implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity to identify and mitigate all relevant financial relationships for all individuals in a position to control the content of this CME activity.

Nature of Financial Relationships
Faculty participating in an ACR-sponsored activity must disclose to the planning committee and audience all financial or other relationships with ineligible companies including, but not limited to:

  1. Advisor or review panel member
  2. Consultant
  3. Employee
  4. Officer or Board Member
  5. Grant/research support
  6. Speaker/honoraria includes speakers bureau, symposia, and expert witness
  7. Independent contractor
  8. Ownership interest
  9. Royalties
  10. Intellectual property/patents
  11. Stock options or bond holdings in a for-profit corporation or self-directed pension plan

None: Has no relevant financial relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

The planning committee and faculty reported the following disclosures.

Ultrasound Conference 2024 Financial Relationships Disclosures

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*All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

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