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About Us


Who We Are

My Specialty and My Academy in Action

As the primary medical society for the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), your Academy is focused on moving the specialty and you forward. Explore below to learn about the value of your Academy membership and what it supports. 

Our Focus

Resources to Meet My Mandates

Find PM&R-specific resources for regulatory, certification, and licensure requirements.

Clinical Skills for My Career Enhancement

Own your future and broaden your career paths.

Health Care Changes Impacting My Practice

Learn about the transitions occurring in the business of health care.

Advancing and Protecting My Specialty

Be a voice for physiatry and get involved.

Vision Statement

Transform the focus of health care to value function.

Mission Statement

AAPM&R serves its member physicians by advancing the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation, promoting excellence in physiatric practice, and advocating on public policy issues related to persons with disabling conditions.

Core Purpose

To advance our members’ ability to serve patients​.

History of AAPM&R

Your Academy is proud of all that we have accomplished since our founding in 1938. Our future is bright. We must understand the past so that our clinical practice continues to pose the important questions and our research finds solutions that benefit our patients.

Learn more about our history.

Read A Celebration of AAPM&R’s 75th Anniversary Publication.

View our 75th Anniversary Video—We Have a World to Care For:


Our Strategic Plan

Read about The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s goals for the next 3–5 years.