Objective. To assess the expanded/refined first-time participant training program. Methods. We conducted a refined new participant program at OMERACT 2018 on days 1–4, in which first-time participants provided feedback with online surveys and a nominal group on Day 4. Results. Twenty first-time participants attended the introductory session and 8–12 attended followup sessions. A high proportion valued the newbie session (100%), rating it overall (91%), content-wise (62%), for presentation quality (82%), and value for the money (82%) as outstanding or good. The nominal group technique identified opportunities for further improvement of breakouts/ voting. Conclusion. The expanded new participant training program is valued by attendees.