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AHPA Pre-Course and CRA/AHPA ASM Registration now open!
In order to register for the AHPA Pre-Course and/or the CRA/AHPA ASM, you must first renew your AHPA membership for 2021 and use the email address associated with your membership when you log in to register on the CRA site. If you do not see the AHPA ticket options, and you have renewed your membership, please contact us at
The pre-course will consist of three, 2 hour sessions on Feb 2, 9, and 16 2021. PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE TIMES FOR EACH SESSION AS THEY VARY FROM WEEK TO WEEK.

Session One: Tuesday February 2, 2021  7:00 – 9:00 pm EST  “Twin Peaks: Challenges of Assessment and Management of New Onset RA in Young Women vs Older Adults”

Join us as Dr Dharini Mahendira discusses the challenges faced by young women with RA, focussing on pregnancy and breastfeeding concerns and Dr. Yan Yeung explores the challenges of new RA in the older adult and discusses the differential diagnoses including PMR.

Session Two: Tuesday February 9, 2021  11:00 am – 1:00 pm EST “Twin Peaks: Challenges of Providing Rheumatologic Care to Indigenous Peoples – System Equity and Personal Experience”

We are pleased to have Dr. Cheryl Barnabe, a Calgary rheumatologist with an interest in health equity discuss system gaps in rheumatology care for Indigenous patients. Dr. Henry Averns will then share his personal experiences providing rheumatology care in a First Nations community.

Session Three: Tuesday February 16, 2021  7:00 – 9:00 pm EST “Twin Peaks: Providing Virtual Care – Now and in the Future”

Each year, we strive to involve our partners in patient organizations in our Pre-Course. We welcome Jennifer Wilson and David Porte from Cassie and Friends, a patient support organization for children with JIA and their families to discuss their approach to providing virtual opportunities for this population. There will be an opportunity to share experiences with how we provide virtual care now. Then, we will hear from Dr. Sacha Bhatia about how the evolution of telemedicine will change how we deliver care to patients in the future, and how it will integrate with other digital innovations.

CRA/AHPA ASM February 24 – 26, 2021:

Join us LIVE and On-Demand for our virtual CRA & AHPA Annual Scientific Meeting from February 24-26, 2021.

This year’s Annual Scientific Meeting will showcase the strengths of our extended rheumatology community, fittingly captured by our theme: Collaboration, Resilience and Advancement.
Whether from the comfort of your home or office, you will be able to engage with interactive programming, acquire insights from leading experts, create networking opportunities, attend crowd-sourced workshops, and much more. Our programming is proudly delivered by Canadian and internationally recognized experts.

We invite you to visit our Annual Scientific Meeting website to learn more about the keynote lecturers, schedule, and other details from our programming committee. If you have any specific questions, please email us at

While you can attend the pre-course without attending the ASM, we’d encourage you to do both as the ASM Program Committee has developed a scientific program that will deliver a breadth of leading-edge content from Canadian and international experts. Early bird registration for AHPA members: $100 by January 18, 2021.
AHPA Workshops during the ASM:

  • Steering your clients through the weight loss jungle! 
  • Transition from pediatrics to adult care: what does the adult rheumatologist need to know? 
  • Mental health with rheumatic disease during a pandemic. 

Click here to register!

To further help offset your costs, we are also pleased to offer a heavily discounted rate for our 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting. Please see below for ASM membership rates (early bird promotion; rates apply to CRA & AHPA members and are applicable before January 18, 2021):

  • 2021 CRA & AHPA Annual Scientific Meeting: $100*
  • CRA Review Course: $150*
  • Bundle - CRA & AHPA Annual Scientific Meeting & Review Course: $200*

    *Plus applicable taxes. Click here to view registration info and policies.
Important Dates
February 2, 9 and 16, 2021  AHPA Pre-Course
February 19, 2021  CRA Review Course
February 22-23, 2021  Residents’ Pre-Course
February 24-26, 2021 CRA & AHPA Annual Scientific Meeting

Members, please sign in to to RENEW your AHPA membership for 2021! 

AHPA General Meeting - March 2, 2021 7:00-9:00 Zoom


The AHPA Board is a dynamic group of individuals, with national representation, all with a common interest in care provision, education, and research related to arthritis.  

We are currently accepting nominations for 5 positions on the AHPA Board of Directors.  Elections will be held at the AHPA Annual General Meeting (Virtual) on March 2, 2021 

We are seeking individuals with an interest in the following Board responsibilities (click to see position description):


Communication Chair

Membership Chair

Research Chair

Member-at-Large Western

Nomination deadline February 19, 2021

Please complete the Nomination Form and email the required documents to:

Sue MacQueen, Nomination Chair

AHPA and ARP are collaborators!