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Welcome to the Rheumatology Training Program:

A training initiative to increase Awareness of Advocacy during early career development, build confidence in the recognition of advocacy needs, and establish assurances in the mechanisms of execution that will lead to life-long activism


To educate practitioners, particularly early in their careers, on the importance of advocacy in the care of their patients as well as in other aspects of their practice

To empower practitioners and provide a framework to develop and utilize skills to implement change

To educate on the ethics of engagement with external resources

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is an activity by an individual or group that aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions

ACR Advocacy 101: How Educators, Scientists, & Trainees Can Affect Change

The Advocacy Training Program is a teaching module that includes:

  • Pre-test and Post-test Training questionnaire – to assess your knowledge before and after the completion of the Advocacy modules
  • Eight monthly Clinical Case scenarios
  • Concise reading content, followed by one CME question, and a brief discussion
  • All cases will be available upon registration
  • Opportunity for interaction with the Fellowship Program Director or Activity Administrator

The Industry Resource Training program is a teaching module that includes:

  • Six case scenarios aimed at educating participants on the rules and ethics of engagement with Industry resources, and potential pitfalls if there is neglect to adhere to current rules and guidelines
  • Concise reading content, followed by a CME question, and brief discussion
  • A post-activity questionnaire
  • All cases will be available upon registration
  • Completion of the Advocacy Training Module is a prerequisite
CME certification provided by Vindico Medical Education; AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM of 3.25 upon completion.
This program was developed by: Sirisha Gokaraju, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; Katherine Maher, MD, Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, PC. Web development: Grace C. Wright, MD, PhD, FACR, President, Association of Women in Rheumatology; Gail S. Kerr, MD, FRCP, Professor of Medicine, Georgetown and Howard University Hospitals, Chief, Rheumatology, DV VAMC and Howard University Hospital. Contributor: Angus Worthing, MD, FACP, FACR, Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, PC.