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2017 Call for Proposals

AA17_callforproposals&abstracts_ColorDeadline for Submissions: December 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm (CT) 

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) invites you to submit your proposals for educational sessions for the 2017 Annual Assembly, being held October 12-15 in Denver, CO. ALL submissions are now due December 1. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please read this information carefully as there are several changes to the submission process.

Interested in submitting an abstract? Learn more here.

Changes for the 2017 Annual Assembly

In response to member and participant feedback, the Academy will be looking to update the Annual Assembly in the following ways:

  • ALL Submissions—abstracts, sessions, and skills labs—are due December 1. No late submissions will be accepted.
  • The Assembly will move away from the traditional “track” system toward a more flexible “tagging” system. All sessions will be tagged with an overall theme (including the former tracks) as well as any relevant topics to allow for easier navigation (see list of themes and topics below). When submitting your abstract, please select all of the topics that apply to your session.
  • We are transitioning from the workshop format to an increased focus on more niche-topic didactic sessions that are available for free to all participants, as well as more intensive skills labs. We are now seeking submissions in 2 categories:
    • Didactic sessions—60, 75 or 90-minute sessions focused on clinical or practice topics. These sessions will have standard A/V and room set-up. An audience response system may be requested.
    • Skills labs—these 3-hour sessions are designed to provide in-depth training on a specific skill or set of skills, including small-group hands-on or immersive training. These sessions will have an additional fee for participants.

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals

The Program Planning Committee (PPC) seeks proposals that will incorporate a blend of adult learning styles and cross cutting themes. In an effort to help guide those who submit sessions, the below criteria are provided to indicate the areas that will be seriously considered during the review process. The PPC seeks:

  • Topics that are relevant, timely, and/or innovative
  • Multiple presenters (ideally a minimum of 3), preferably from different institutions
  • Applicability to practice; use of real-life cases
  • Formats that will stimulate discussion and/or engage the audience
  • Multidisciplinary or team approaches
  • Topics and faculty that are new and not repetitive from previous years or other sessions
  • A detailed proposal with all required information outlining the topics, speakers, and objectives

The theme for the 2017 Annual Assembly is “Thriving through Transformation.” While clinical topics will continue to be featured, the PPC is also looking to highlight topics that will assist physiatrists in navigating and succeeding in the changing health care environment. Specific cross-cutting themes include:

  • Leadership and personal development (examples include conflict management, becoming a change agent, negotiation skills, etc.)
  • Using technology to your advantage (examples include finding the most useful apps, tools for telemedicine, community networking, 3D printing, etc.) 

Please note that the Academy receives many more proposals than it can accept in a given year. Your submissions are greatly appreciated and we will do our best to represent the diverse needs of our membership. For the first time this year, feedback will also be provided regarding submissions that are not accepted.

Interested in participating as faculty?

Have you ever wanted to present at AAPM&R activities, but haven’t had the opportunity? Do you have expertise in a topic, but aren’t interested in planning an entire session or course? Are there other presenters that you would recommend or would like to see again? We know that our members have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with each other—and we’re hoping you’ll help us tap into that expertise. If you are interested in being considered for a faculty role, please complete this survey.

Themes and Topics for Tagging

The Program Planning Committee has developed a new system for tagging content that has the flexibility to embrace more cross-cutting sessions and diverse topics that may not fit in the track system. As proposals are submitted for consideration, each session may be tagged with multiple themes and topics. The specific topics and themes are listed below:


  • Spine and pain
  • Central nervous system
  • Musculoskeletal/sports medicine
  • Ultrasound
  • Spasticity
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Pediatrics
  • New technologies
  • Leadership and career development
  • EMG/neuromuscular
  • Practice management and evolution



  • Injections
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Opioid management
  • Wound care
  • Concussion
  • Development disabilities
  • Hospice and palliative medicine
  • Robotics
  • Neuromodulation
  • Post-acute care
  • Women’s health

Practice and Career Development:

  • Patient safety
  • Alternative payment models
  • Practice management
  • Patient engagement
  • Coding/reimbursement
  • Medicolegal
  • Leadership
  • Contracts/negotiation
  • Career development
  • Practice diversification
  • Team building
  • Health care systems/partnering with
  • Administrators
  • Practice technology
  • Preventing burnout
  • Practice efficiency

Questions? Email education@aapmr.org or call (847) 737-6000.