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Academy Leadership Program

Well-trained volunteer leaders are key to the future success of the field of physiatry and your Academy. 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.

Applications for the 2017-2019 Academy Leadership Program class is closed. 

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.

Browse the brochure for complete details.

 Leadership Program Cover Page

Program Benefits Upon Completion

Participants will receive:

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

Here’s what some of our current fellows have to say about the program:

“This is truly an opportunity of a lifetime to help define the future of PM&R with the leaders of our field. As a young physiatrist, you get to make personal connections with our Academy's leaders and make decisions that will impact the future of our specialty.” – Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD

“There will be very few opportunities in a member's professional career where they will have the opportunity to sit with a current board member and openly discuss issues relevant to the field and strategize on how to improve on those issues. It's a fantastic opportunity.” – Jeffrey Radecki, MD

“This program has helped me understand how the Academy organizes short- and long-term planning, and put in perspective how the Academy prioritizes its need to fulfill its mission.” – Alexios Carayannopoulos, DO

“This has been a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the careful thought processes and collaboration necessary to define new opportunities and goals for the Academy as its leads the specialty in the evolving health care environment. It is a very inspiring experience to see group of people come together that are so passionate about the specialty and the Academy.” – Corinne Layne-Stuart, DO