Oral Presenter First Place – Nikhil Jiwrajka, M.D.

Oral Presenter Second Place – Therese Posas-Mendoza, M.D.

Top Poster Presenters:

Fatima Alduraibi, MBBS

Azin Azarfar, M.D.

Kelsey Holkesvisk, M.D.

Maria Skopis, D.O.

Anna Stein, M.D.

Poster Sessions

The top candidates chosen by the faculty will be invited to present their abstracts in the presence of their peers and the established, international judges either as an oral presentation or in a poster session.

Roundtable Discussions

Rheumatologists established in the paths of research, clinical practice and the pharmaceutical industry will lead an afternoon roundtable discussion to explore career opportunities and challenges within the field of rheumatology to contribute to more informed career decision-making choices. 

Awards Banquet

The symposium will close with an awards banquet to present travel stipends of $250-$1000 to those candidates whose efforts have been considered by the faculty to have exceptional promise.

Why attend NYRIF?

This forum is designed to be stimulating, interactive and constructive whereby attendees are able to exchange ideas in an informal environment and develop invaluable networks with the faculty and their peers,  facilitating future career development. All fellows and junior staff within the field of rheumatology are welcome to attend NYRIF and are invited to stay for the 36th Annual Congress of Clinical Rheumatology that will immediately follow.  The CCR registration fee will be waived for all accepted abstract registrants.  We hope that you will also be able to enjoy the beach while you are here to see why Destin has been voted #5 as a Spring Beach getaway in the Western Hemisphere.

2020 Agenda

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
7:45 a.m.Opening remarks Joan Merrill, M.D.
8:00 a.m.Session I Podium Abstract Presentations
8:10 a.mSession I Q&A
8:15 a.m.Session II Podium Abstract Presentations
8:25 a.m.Session II Q&A
8:30 a.m.Session III Podium Abstract Presentations
8:40 a.m.Session III Q&A
8:45 a.m.Session IV Podium Abstract Presentations
8:55 a.m.Session IV Q&A
9:00 a.m.Session V Podium Abstract Presentations
9:10 a.m.Session V Q&A
9:15 a.m.Session VI Podium Abstract Presentations
9:25 a.m.Session VI Q&A
9:30 a.m.Session Groups for Faculty E-Presentations
9:35 a.m.e-Poster Presentation Rounding
11:35 a.m.Awards

Abstract Submission

To submit your abstract for review, please click the Online Submission link below which will take you to the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology online registration form.  Enter your name, email address, and then select your registration type (either Fellow or Resident) and click next.   When you get to the Registration Items screen be sure to select “NYRIF Participant”.   There is no cost to submit your abstract and if it’s accepted, you will receive free registration for the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology.

Abstract submission deadline is midnight (central time) on June 30, 2020.


The North American Young Rheumatology Investigator Forum will be held at the Hilton Sandestin in Destin, FL.  Destin is located between Pensacola and Panama City, FL along Florida’s Emerald Coast. The Hilton Sandestin has offered those fellows and junior faculty who are submitting abstracts to NYRIF a limited number of discounted rooms available at $129/night plus tax.  This rate applies for Tuesday-Thursday nights, then a reduced room rate of $249/night will apply.  Please make your room reservation early as any room reservation made after April 8, 2020 will be taken on a space available basis at the prevailing rate.   In order to receive the NYRIF room rate, please call the Hilton directly at (850) 267-9500 to reserve your room.

Other Accommodations: Studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom condos are available at the Luau, located next door to the Hilton and within walking distance. Rates are $159, $179, and $249 per night. The Grand Sandestin, across Highway 98 on the Bayside, would require a shuttle or car also has condos including studio, one bedroom, and two bedrooms. Rates are $159, $179, and $279 per night. To book either of these accommodations, call 800-320-8115 and use code 23C4L1. Download Housing Request Form from Sandestin below. Accommodations are also available at Tops’l which is a complex next door to the Hilton and within walking distance. Prices range from $101/night for a Summit Studio to $240/night for a Beach Manor Two Bedroom Gulf Front Villa. Call 800-380-4808 and use code CF008 to get their special rates. Reservations must be made by phone to receive the CCR discount premier sources for visionary expertise. Additional Accommodations are available at the Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard
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Faculty Panel

We’ve brought together leading professionals from across the nation and the Atlantic to serve as judges.

N. Lawrence Edwards, M.D.

University of Florida College of Medicine

Alan L. Epstein, M.D.

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Daniel Furst, M.D.

University of California Los Angeles

Joan T. Merrill, M.D.

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Chester V. Oddis, M.D.

University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine

David A. McLain, M.D.

Career Development Faculty Former Chief of Rheumatology, Brookwood Medical Center, Birmingham, AL

“Outstanding program for fellows and junior faculty!” “Unique experience and best conference been to in last 5 years! Great faculty and approachable faculty. A conference where you learn, have interaction with colleagues and learn real rheumatology!” “The opportunity to interact with top researchers and international all-star faculty members in a very relaxed setting is truly unique to NYRIF and CCR. I plan to see you both at future meetings.”

Reeti Joshi

Washington Univeristy

Goals and Objectives

The North American Young Rheumatology Investigator Forum was established to furnish clinical and research fellows in the field of rheumatology an informal, mentoring environment to present, discuss and have their original clinical or basic the research evaluated by an established, international panel of rheumatologists in the presence of their peers. NYRIF also advances attendees’ career decision-making the process by providing relevant and accurate information on the opportunities and challenges in the field of rheumatology so that attendees will be able to more appropriately evaluate their career choices and execute more informed career decisions.  In addition, the unique environment fosters the development of valuable long-lasting networking connections.

At the conclusion of this forum the attendee should be able to:

  • Employ enhanced professional oral and written communication skills for use in designing research projects and in composing and presenting abstracts and case presentations.
  • Exchange ideas and knowledge with world-renowned rheumatologists as well as with peers to establish methods for interacting more effectively in the coordination of patient care.
  • Establish networking channels with peers and extramural expert faculty investigators for future collaborative research, consultative advice, and career path assistance.
  • Analyze current research activities within the basic science and clinical research areas of rheumatology to recognize exceptional original research achievement.
  • Evaluate career descriptions, challenges and available opportunities in the field of rheumatology.
  • Compare and contrast diverse careers throughout the discipline of rheumatology.
  • Compose research presentations, incorporate idea exchange and effectively integrate mentored feedback.
  • Validate the principles of life-long learning and continuing medical education.
  • Utilize invaluable new networking channels for the promotion of research, communicating in the field of rheumatology, and assistance with future job opportunities.
  • Develop a more informed, individualized, decision-making career path.

Need Assistance?

If you’re looking for help, please reach out with any questions. You can contact our program director directly at pmclain@ccrheumatology.com