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Academy Leadership Program

Well-trained volunteer leaders are key to the future success of your Academy and the field of physiatry. The AAPM&R Leadership Program, established in 2013, identifies and develops a limited number of early-career physiatrists, to prepare them to engage in Academy volunteerism and assume future leadership positions.

Selected individuals will be taken through a 2-year curriculum that introduces them to association leadership, strategic planning, media skills, advocacy, and volunteer leadership. The curriculum combines facilitated sessions, peer discussion, and connection with experts to help facilitate leadership skills development.

We're now accepting applications for our 2017-2019 Academy Leadership Program class! Take a look at the information below and apply by March 31, 2017.

Program Goals

  • Identify and train future leaders.
  • Immerse participants in the culture of volunteerism at the Academy.
  • Connect participants with strong Academy leaders in mission-critical roles.

Criteria for Participation

  • The program is best suited for early-career physiatrists who have completed residency and fellowship training, and have been in practice for 3–10 years.
  • Participants must be a member of AAPM&R.
  • No previous leadership or Academy volunteer experience is required, but the program requires that applicants demonstrate interest, energy, and commitment to become a volunteer leader.
  • The program expects a steady stream of demonstrated commitment, communication, and accountability from participants.

Program Benefits Upon Completion

Participants will receive:

  • Certificate of completion
  • Recognition in member communications
  • Appointment to Academy volunteer position​

Browse the brochure for complete details.


 Leadership Program Cover Page

Participant Selection Process

  • Interested applicants must submit an application no later than March 31, 2017.
  • Applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process by the end of May 2017.