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Recapping the ACR Annual Meeting

Posted: November 20, 2019

Earlier this month, CSRO’s officers and board of directors traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting.  Here, over 20,000 professionals, exhibitors, and sellers from almost 100 different nations gathered to learn from more than 450 peer-reviewed sessions covering the most important and compelling issues in rheumatology today. At the meeting, the speakers explored a plethora of cutting-edge topics and controversial issues facing rheumatologists today. One in particular was the focus on minimizing steroid exposure when treating rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and vasculitis. Many speakers also honed in their sessions on the use of opioids when treating rheumatologic diseases.

Throughout the duration of the conference, the CSRO held numerous meetings with professional organizations in the health care industry, as well as with other advocacy societies. On the first official day of meeting, the CSRO hosted a breakfast reception with state rheumatology societies from across the country. At this reception, detailed plans were laid out for setting and achieving 2020 goals. This occasion also served as a chance for CSRO to unveil its upcoming ‘Map’ feature on its website. Using the new feature, individuals will easily be able to both see legislation regarding rheumatology in their state, as well as contact their respective legislators directly. This will serve to give private citizens a much louder and effective voice when reaching out to their congressmen and congresswomen.

The CSRO is pleased with the success of the 2019 ACR Annual Meeting and wishes to thank all the attendees for participating, as well as the speakers and panelists who took time out of their busy schedules to share their experiences and insight.