About the Section on Rheumatology

​Section on Rheumatology

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​About ​Us

The Section on Rheumatology (SORh) aims to improve the care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with rheumatic diseases and other musculoskeletal disorders. Following is an overview of Section activities and benefits to membership.


  • Engage in state and federal advocacy for the needs of subspecialist pediatricians, including subspecialty workforce i​ssues, safe and effective drugs and devices for children, drug shortages, and Medicaid Payment. 

  • ​Work with private payers to improve payment for Infliximab.

  • Participate in the development of the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). 

  • Collaborate with the Rheumatology Research Foundation to support the Amgen Pediatric Rheumatology Visiting Professor Program.​


  • Attend leadership training and lobbying workshops.

  • Engage pediatric rheumatology training fellows in Section activities and opportunities, including a position on the Section Executive Committee.

  • Sponsor the James T. Cassidy Award for outstanding achievement in pediatric rheumatology.


  • Collaborate with the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) to engage other Sections in garnering support for CARRA's initiative to implement a single registry for safety monitoring and long-term efficacy of biologics and other therapeutics with which our patients have been, are, and will be treated.

  • Each SORh member that becomes involved in the AAP will benefit from collaboration with other residents, pediatricians, and pediatric subspecialists, as well as with the American College of Rheumatology.

  • The Section actively participates in the Council on Pediatric Subspecialties meetings.


  • Receive a bi-annual Section newsletter

  • Opportunity to teach general pediatricians and residents at the national and local level at one of many of the Academy educational offerings, including: National Conference and Exhibition, CME courses, and State Chapter workshops.  

  • Actively involved in the development of the PediaLink ® Pediatric Musculoskeletal Medicine: Differential Diagnosis and Assessment of a Limping Child

  • In collaboration with the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and Section on Orthopaedics, co-sponsoring the  Peds-21 session – “1,2,3 Go – sports in the world or pediatrics – playing it safe and making it fun” that will be held pre-National Conference and Exhibition 2014.

  • Sponsors the Earl J Brewer Research Travel Award to a pediatric rheumatology fellow.

What has the Section on Rheumatology done lately?

  • Successfully advocated for changes in the Cigna Medical Coverage Policy for Infliximab and currently working with WellPoint. 

  • Initiated an annual Fellow’s Meeting for senior pediatric rheumatology fellows, sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation, to assist with career development and networking.

  • Conducted a survey to measure our clinical productivity that will assist with workforce needs, such as appropriate reimbursement and staffing. 

  • Supported the Arthritis, Prevention, Control and Cure Act legislative initiative.

  • Supported the Patients’ Access to Treatment Act of 2013 (H.R. 460).

  • Spearheaded a workforce survey of pediatric rheumatology.​

Membership Information

The Academy is a unique organization and a great value for the cost of membership. We believe that each pediatric rheumatologist and pediatrician with a special interest in the field should support the AAP and the SORh. If you are already a Section member, we look forward to your continued support; if not, please join us! Click here for more information.​

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