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The OMERACT emerging leaders program: The good, the bad, and the future

Flurey, Caroline A.; Tugwell, Peter S.; Black, Rachel J.; Halls, Serena; Page, Matthew J.; Robson, Joanna C.; Sahbudin, Ilfita; Siddle, Heidi J.; Sinnathurai, Premarani; Stok, Kathryn S.; Richards, Bethan


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Caroline Flurey
Associate Professor in Men's Health and Long-term Conditions

Peter S. Tugwell

Rachel J. Black

Matthew J. Page

Jo Robson
Consultant Associate Professor in Rheumatology

Ilfita Sahbudin

Heidi J. Siddle

Premarani Sinnathurai

Kathryn S. Stok

Bethan Richards


The Journal of Rheumatology Copyright © 2019. All rights reserved. Objective. To describe the experience of the first OMERACT Emerging Leaders Program (ELP). Methods. A Delphi process identified positive aspects, areas for improvement, and future directions. Core items were defined as essential if they received ≥ 70% ratings. Results. Participants valued relatable/accessible mentors (100%), including an OMERACT Executive mentor (100%), and a support network of peers (90%). Key items for future development were funding support (100%) and developing knowledge about OMERACT processes (90%) and politics (80%). Conclusion. The ELP has the potential to provide targeted training for early career researchers to develop relevant skills for future leadership roles within OMERACT.


Flurey, C. A., Tugwell, P. S., Black, R. J., Halls, S., Page, M. J., Robson, J. C., …Richards, B. (2019). The OMERACT emerging leaders program: The good, the bad, and the future. Journal of Rheumatology, 46(8), 1047-1052.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 28, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 1, 2019
Publication Date Aug 1, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 8, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2020
Journal Journal of Rheumatology
Print ISSN 0315-162X
Electronic ISSN 1499-2752
Publisher Journal of Rheumatology
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 8
Pages 1047-1052
Keywords OMERACT, education, outcomes, fellows, emerging leaders, career development, early career researchers
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is a pre-copyediting, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in The Journal of Rheumatology following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Flurey, C., Tugwell, P., Black, R., Halls, S., Page, M., Robson, J., Sahbudin, I., Siddle, H., Sinnathurai, P., Stok, K. and Richards, B. (2019) The OMERACT emerging leaders program: The good, the bad and the future. Journal of Rheumatology is available online at:


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