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2019 CRA Annual Scientific Meeting & AHPA Annual Meeting

February 27-March 2, 2019

Montreal, Quebec

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Opens  August 13, 2018
Abstract Submission Deadline October 12, 2018
Membership Registration Opens late November 2018
ASM Registration Opens  late November 2018
Early-Bird ASM Registration Closes  January 10, 2019
ASM Registration Closes January 24, 2019
Early-Bird Membership Registration Closes January 31, 2019

Building Bridges

Building Bridges is the theme for this year’s annual meeting in beautiful Montreal at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Rheumatology Association.

AMA PRA Category 1

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at


Live educational activities, occurring in Canada, recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) are deemed by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) eligible for ECMEC®.

Abstract Submission Opens August 13, 2018. 

Attendees at the 2019 Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and the Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) Annual Meeting are invited to submit abstracts for presentation during the meeting. We encourage you to submit abstracts relating to original research, systematic reviews or meta-analyses. Case reports or case series are acceptable. Project proposals without data or results will not be accepted. Abstracts may be presented at one meeting prior to the CRA ASM but data cannot be published before the CRA ASM. Abstracts cannot be submitted on data that has already been accepted for publication as a manuscript (publication in abstract form from a conference presentation is acceptable).

What are Clinical Pearls?

Short, practical medical tips submitted by readers that may not be widely known but can be used to solve everyday clinical problems. Pearls derive from patient-centered observations and should be applicable to other patients.

What are Mysterious Cases?

Your particularly puzzling clinical case presented either as a short (10-15 minutes) video, picture or description.

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

900 Rene Levesque Blvd. W
Montreal, Quebec
1 514 861 3511



Fairmont Room $205.00
Fairmont View Room $235.00
Junior Suite $305.00
Fairmont Gold Room $325.00
One-Bedroom Suite $485.00
  • Rates are guaranteed in Canadian Funds.
  • Hotel room rates are subject to applicable provincial and local taxes and fees (currently 18.475%) in effect at the time of check-out.
  • All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.
  • A non-refundable deposit equal to a one night stay will be charged at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to arrival will be accepted and no charges or penalties will be incurred outside of the non-refundable deposit equal to one night’s stay.
  • Complimentary high speed internet access in all hotel bedrooms, meeting rooms and conference space.
  • A completely redesigned Wellness Centre and indoor pool.
  • The maximum occupancy per room is 4 persons.
  • Self-parking is located on the South side of Belmont street (fees must be paid directly at the parking terminals).
  • Valet-parking is an additional $35/day.

Check-in and Early Departure

The Hotel’s check-in and check-out time are 4:00 pm and 12:00 pm respectively.  Guests are permitted to check out later subject to room availability (a late departure fee may be applicable).  Guests will be charged an Early Departure Fee of $102.50 if they depart prior to their confirmed departure date (guests can change their departure date to an earlier date without charge up to and including the time of registration).


Reservations can be made by using the online reservation link which will be available in November. Reservations must be made prior to Friday, January 25, 2019. After that date, reservations will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

19:30-onwards Residents’ Reception
19:30-onwards AHPA Reception 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

08:00-15:30 AHPA Pre-Course
08:00-15:30 Residents’ Pre-Course 
08:00-15:30 Committee & Small Group Meetings/Networking/Free Time
15:00-16:00 Mentor Program Reception 
Open to mentors and mentees only
15:00-16:00 Summer Student Reception
Open to summer students, mentors, Pfizer and Novartis reps only
15:00-16:00 Career Fair (TBC)

Welcome Address

16:05-17:00 Clinical Pearls and Mysterious Cases
17:00 -18:00 National Update
18:20-18:45 Break

Keynote Lecture

20:00 Welcome Reception 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

07:00-08:15 Breakfast (only available to attendees of unaccredited symposium)
08:15-08:45 Break
08:45-09:45 *Podium Presentations

State of the Art Lecture

10:45-11:00 Break

Workshop Session 1

12:15-13:30 Lunch (only available to attendees of unaccredited symposium) 
13:30-15:45 Committee & Small Group Meetings/Networking/Free Time
15:15-17:15 Poster Session
15:15-17:15 Meet the Expert Session 

Great Debate

Friday, March 1, 2019

07:00-08:15 Breakfast (only available to attendees of unaccredited symposium)
08:15-08:45 Break
08:45-09:45 *Podium Presentations
09:45-10:00 Break

Workshop Session 2


Keynote Address by Distinguished Investigator Awardee 2019

12:30-14:00 CRA Lunch and AGM 
CRA members only
14:00-14:15 Break
15:30-17:30 Poster Session
15:30-17:30 Meet the CRA Expert Session
17:00-19:00 Committee & Small Group Meetings/Networking/Free Time
19:00-onwards Reception, Gala Dinner & Dance 
Dress code is business formal

Saturday, March 2, 2019

07:00-09:00 Breakfast 
07:00-09:00 Committee & Small Group Meetings/Networking/Free Time

Dunlop-Dottridge Lecture


Workshop Session 3

11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 Year in Preview 
12:30-13:00 Rheum Round-Up