The Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) Program is an innovative, comprehensive and highly structured competency-based, post-licensure education program, with an aim to ensure that practitioners are appropriately trained to assume extended roles and scopes of practice. The ACPAC program is responding to the rapidly evolving healthcare environment by producing extended role practitioners who work in a variety of clinical settings. The program consists of an academic and clinical training program focused in the field of musculoskeletal health. Graduates of this program have the expertise to provide competent assessment, collaborative management with appropriate education and referral to community services, as indicated. Several studies examining the impact of the ACPAC program have been published and demonstrate improved access to appropriate care in a timely manner, high patient and provider satisfaction, improved clinical outcomes and enhanced interdisciplinary care. The Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) program is administered through the Department of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, in addition to multiple academic and community based healthcare institutions across Ontario; and is currently a combination of in-person and virtual synchronous and asynchronous learning.
The Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) is the national professional association representing Canadian rheumatologists, on a mission to promote the pursuit of excellence in arthritis and rheumatic disease care, education and research.
Since its inception, the CRA has supported and advanced the field of rheumatology by organizing networking, training and educational opportunities for clinicians, students, allied health professionals and researchers. Learn more at www.rheum.ca.
The Ontario Rheumatology Association (ORA) is a professional organization that represents Ontario rheumatologists and promotes their pursuit of excellence in arthritis care through leadership, advocacy, education, and communication.
The Association of Rheumatology Professionals is a division of the American College of Rheumatology whose focus is to equip rheumatology professionals with the tools needed to provide quality care for patients with arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases. Find the latest in rheumatology-related education, research, and treatment information by visiting www.rheumatology.org.