We want to support your attendance at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting by proving its value to your
high-caliber selected abstracts, and you will get first-hand access to the latest innovations, science, and
best practices that will transform rheumatic care delivery. The meeting will provide numerous
opportunities to network with rheumatology professionals from over 100 countries.
This toolkit includes:
Reasons Why Your Employer Should Send You to the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting
How to Justify Conference Attendance
Tips to Help Maximize Your Time
Before, At, After the Meeting
Sample Expense Worksheet
Sample Cost Benefit Worksheet
Sample Justification Letter
Things to consider that will help justify your travel and meeting expense:
Check out the registration page and determine the various rates listed and see if you qualify for
you learned and offer possible applications and recommendations relevant to your
learning materials from the meeting.
Prepare a plan that will show your supervisor who will cover for you and how your workload will
ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting is a great meeting to earn up to at least 50 hours.
to miss this gathering of rheumatology professionals and the opportunity to learn best practices from your
clinicians, researchers and academicians, practice managers, fellows, and other health professionals. Educational tracks
are available to help identify content targeted to your area of specialty and interest.
continuing education credits. Get firsthand access to groundbreaking findings that will be revealed at the meeting, including
3,000+ abstract presentations, 70+ Meet the Professor sessions, and 30+ Workshops. The meeting offers diverse learning
formats that foster knowledge exchange and sharing of best practices.
Meet rheumatology experts and visionaries in person. Witness the brightest leaders in rheumatology sharing their latest research,
experience, allowing you to meet people that you can rely on for support and information. Professional relationships motivate and
enhance your impact to your own organization, and the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting will inspire collaboration and provide
you with invaluable opportunities to make personal connections and build meaningful interactions.
See the latest technology in rheumatology. The meeting brings together over 100 exhibiting companies, and the exhibit hall will
Complete an Expense Worksheet to develop a cost
Meeting. See sample worksheet (page 8).
How to Justify Conference Attendance
How much benefit/profit will your organization
your organization sends you to the meeting?
attending these sessions and what you will bring back to your office as a return on investment.
Prepare a plan that will show your supervisor how you intend to share with your colleagues
Download the Annual Meeting App closer to the meeting and plan your schedule in advance.
Visit the registration area to pick up a copy of the program to easily find your way around the
Schedule time to review notes and materials collected and evaluate sessions while ideas are still
recorded sessions through ACR Beyond.
Registration Fee includes:
1. Pre-meeting courses?
2. Early bird member registration fee?
Meeting Materials Fee (if any)
Air mileage points available to offset airfare?
Number of nights; room rate; taxes
Taxi/car rental/airport shuttle
Driving to conference or to the airport for your flight?
Other modes of transportation?
Food Per Diem
Refer to your company’s policy on food per diem
Miscellaneous reimbursable expenses
Tips, internet fees, etc.
Building strong rheumatology
across the globe.
Earning continuing education
will allow you to make changes
to improve clinical or office
practice and/or patient care
enhance knowledge base and
to form connections for
Engaging with thought leaders
latest research findings.
Sharing your gained knowledge
Clearly outline specific aspects of the meeting and why
it would be beneficial for you and your team/organization.
Over 450 educational sessions to choose from that are categorized according to educational tracks. Credits earned from the
meeting can be converted into European CME credits.
Stay current with public health issues and rare
This year’s opening lecture speaker will feature a patient. Be inspired as Jonathan Koch, a Hollywood executive producer, shares
his medical and personal journey to recovery from a near fatal mystery illness that took his hands and feet in 2015. Doctors told
him he had a 10% chance of survival with hours to live, but two years later, this successful Hollywood entertainment executive is
able to operate a vehicle and play tennis.
Learn about new products and technologies.
Over 100 companies will be exhibiting to showcase the latest rheumatology products and services.
Updated Classification Criteria for Large Vessel Vasculitis - present updated classification criteria for giant cell arteritis and
The Missing Microbe: Lost from our Clinics – will cover emerging perspectives revealing the role of the microbiome in metabolic
Bones of Contention: Controversies in rheumatic diseases and bone – will discuss the activation of the immune system and its
Emerging Treatments for Osteoarthritis: Targeting Pain Vs Structure – address emerging therapies in OA. Speakers will focus on
target pain but not structure, and recent treatments that target structure and if they also improve pain.
Treating SLE in 2018 - Newly-proposed SLE treatment algorithms and guidelines will be discussed in this one hour state-of-the-
RA: Beyond Treat to Target – will review the current aspects of disease pathogenesis related to ACPA autoantibodies,
ACR/EULAR Classification Criteria for IgG4-Related Disease (IgG4-RD) - A group of 80 international collaborators from North &
Implications of the Classification Criteria for use in clinical trials will be discussed.
Over 30 workshops scheduled that will provide hands-on training utilizing microscopes, ultrasound machines, and computers.
Networking with peers.
Over 30 networking opportunities available, including study groups, opening reception, first-time attendee orientation,
networking forum, etc.
Dear (Supervisor’s Name) _____________________________,
I would like to request approval to attend the 2018 American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual
The meeting will enable me to attend a number of educational sessions that are directly applicable to my work and will allow me to network with a
give me tools and resources to enhance my performance at ______________.
After reviewing the program in detail, I have identified a listing of sessions that I feel are most relevant and would provide the most value to my
I am seeking support of my attendance to this meeting, which would include the registration fees, travel expenses and living expenses while at the
The opportunity for me to enhance competencies and to establish connections with rheumatology experts makes my attendance at the 2018
Thank you for considering support of my attendance at the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting.
Sample Justification Letter
the benefits you will get from attending the 2018 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting and how the meeting will make you a better