PM&R Resource links

The number of online resources related to PM&R continues to grow. This page links to Web sites containing useful and timely information.


Foundations, Associations, and Societies

  • American Academy of Pain Medicine
    http://www.painmed.org 

  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    http://www.aahpm.org

  • American Academy of Neurology
    http://www.aan.com

  • American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)
    http://www.aanem.org

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    http://www.abpmr.org 

  • The ABPMR Foundation
    http://www.abpmrfoundation.org

  • American Cancer Society
    http://www.cancer.org
    Literature on cancer, cancer grant information, and local chapters.

  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
    http://www.acrm.org

  • American Geriatrics Society
    http://www.americangeriatrics.org 
    Dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older adults. The Society is a not-for-profit association of geriatrics health care professionals, research scientists, and other concerned individuals dedicated to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people.

  • American Heart Association
    http://www.americanheart.org
    Informative content with extensive graphics.

  • American Medical Association
    http://www.ama-assn.org
    Wealth of medical information including an online version of JAMA and the AMA's Physician Select.

  • AAMC's Academic Medicine Web Site
    http://www.aamc.org
    Association of American Medical Colleges' site contains detailed material on medical schools and teaching hospitals.

  • Arthritis Foundation
    http://www.arthritis.org
    The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to support research to find the cure for and prevention of arthritis and to improve the quality of life for those affected by arthritis. The Foundation has more than 150 local offices nationwide that offer information and community programs and services.

  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
    http://www.physiatry.org/
    Promotes the advancement of teaching and research in physical medicine and rehabilitation within an academic environment.

  • The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 for Prevention and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorders
    http://www.boneandjointdecade.org
    The goal for the Bone and Joint Decade is to improve the health-related quality of life for people with musculoskeletal disorders throughout the world.  This initiative is supported by AAPM&R.

  • Health Information Management Society
    http://www.himss.org
    Medical computing and communications.

  • International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM)
    http://www.isprm.org 
    ISPRM serves as an international umbrella organization of physical and rehabilitation medicine physicians.

    AAPM&R has an institutional membership in ISPRM that allows current AAPM&R members to apply for individual ISPRM membership at a complimentary dues rate. Click here to learn more.

  • National Osteoporosis Foundation
    http://www.nof.org

  • North American Spine Society
    http://www.spine.org

  • OsteoArthritis Research Society International (OARSI)
    http://www.oarsi.org
    Promotes and encourages fundamental and applied research; disseminates the results of that research through appropriate actions in order to permit a better knowledge of osteoarthritis and of its treatment.

  • Sociedad Mexicana de Medicina Fisica y Rehabilitacion, A.C. (SMMFR)
    http://rehabilitacion.org.mx/

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Government Resources

  • CARF
    http://www.carf.org
    Web site of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation
    Facilities (CARF).

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    http://www.cdc.gov
    In-depth site containing health information, data, and statistics.

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    http://www.cms.gov

  • HealthFinder
    http://www.healthfinder.gov
    A gateway consumer health Web site with access to innumerable publications and other resources.

  • The Joint Commission
    http://www.jointcommission.org
    Web site of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

  • MEDLINEplus
    MEDLINEplus.gov
    Extensive information from the National Institute of Health and other trusted sources on over 500 diseases and conditions.  There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and dictionaries, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, current health news, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

  • MedSun (Medical Product Safety Network)
    http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/medsun
    This program is designed to improve our understanding of medical device use so that the FDA, healthcare facilities, clinicians, and manufacturers can better address safety concerns. Over 350 health care facilities, primarily hospitals, participate in the MedSun network. The FDA wants to share what we know about medical device problems beyond the 350 MedSun sites to the broader health professional community. MedSun has a considerable amount of medical device and patient safety information including a monthly newsletter.

  • National Center for Health Statistics
    http://www.cdc.gov/nchswww/default.htm
    The principal health statistics agency of the United States.

  • National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research
    http://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/ncmrr/ncmrr.htm

  • National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
    http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/nidrr/index.html
    Government sponsor of disability research.

  • National Library of Medicine
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov
    Represents every significant Library program, from medical history to biotechnology.

  • PubMed
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/
    The U.S. National Library of Medicine's huge online medical database.

  • Social Security Disability Handbook
    http://www.ssa.gov
    Online version of the disability handbook and other social security materials.

  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
    http://www.hhs.gov
    Detailed information on Medicare, Medicaid, and other HHS programs and services

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Information for Medical Students

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Insurance Resource

  • Treloar & Heisel
    http://www.th-online.net
    Treloar & Heisel are professional association insurance administrators, including Disability Income, Business Overhead Expense, Life Insurance, Long Term Care, Disability Buy/Sell and Automobile/Homeowners.

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Maintenance of Certification

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Medical Libraries, Journals, and Information

  • Fellowship Database created by AAPM&R
    This searchable database of approximately 200 additional training opportunities is available to residents in physiatry and those considering a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Covers more than 15 different subspecialties or training opportunities and includes address and contact name along with e-mail and Web site addresses when available.
  • New England Journal of Medicine
    http://www.nejm.org
    Full-text of feature articles; some partial text and abstracts.
  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man, National Center for Biotechnology
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
    Searchable by symptom or disease, this site is a comprehensive source of on-line material on genetic disorders.
  • Rehabilitation Research & Development
    http://www.research.va.gov/programs/rrd.cfm
    Contains full text search of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) and the Rehabilitation R&D Progress Reports (PR).
  • RehabTrials.org
    http://www.rehabtrials.org
    RehabTrials.org is dedicated to the promotion and support of clinical trials in medical rehabilitation research.
  • The Traumatic Brain Injury National Data Center
    http://www.tbindsc.org/
    Coordinated system of neurotrauma and rehabilitation care including innovative research on all aspects of care for those who sustain traumatic brain injuries.
  • World Health Organization
    http://www.who.int/en/
    Detailed information on infectious disease outbreaks and statistics.

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Online Searches

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Rehabilitation Training Centers

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Practice Guidelines

  • AAPM&R Practice Guidelines Section
    Click here to view more.
    A listing of practice guidelines with links to online resources.

  • AHRQ Guidelines
    http://www.ahrq.gov
    Clinical practice guidelines from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and
    Research).

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Volunteer Opportunities 

Disaster and Emergency Volunteerism
  • Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) Disaster Assistance Registration Database
    http://www.cidi.org/register-offers
    CIDI provides information and guidance in support of appropriate international disaster relief.

  • Heart to Heart International
    http://www.hearttoheart.org/
    Heart to Heart International is a global humanitarian organization that works to improve health and to respond to the needs of disaster victims worldwide. They offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities both domestically and internationally, including short- and long-term volunteering and service adventures.

Non-disaster Volunteer Opportunities
  • International Health Volunteers (IHVO)
    http://www.internationalhealthvolunteers.org/
    IHVO is an independent, not for profit, humanitarian medical aid organization whose primary purpose is to establish an accessible repository of physicians, dentists and other medical experts who have the requisite skills and interest to assist in domestic and international short term medical relief projects. By establishing a database of interested physicians and medical personnel, IHVO aims to facilitate the most advantageous, efficient, and streamlined placement of medical personnel with the most appropriate medical outreach program that need skilled medical teams.

  • International Medical Corps (IMC)
    http://www.imcworldwide.org/Page.aspx?pid=331
    IMC is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, IMC is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization.

  • Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps (RAM) Volunteer Corps
    http://www.ramusa.org/learn/volunteers.htm
    Clinical practice guidelines from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and
    Research).

  • Volunteers in Medicine (VIM)
    http://www.volunteersinmedicine.org/
    VIM's mission is to promote and guide the development of a national network of free clinics emphasizing the use of retired medical and lay volunteers to care for the "working uninsured" within a culture of caring so that everyone in a community has access to health care.

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Web Site Accessibility Information

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Resources for Foreign Medical Graduates Interested in PM&R

Internationally trained physicians who wish to pursue a PM&R residency in the United States or Canada should find the links below of use in finding general information about programs, requirements, testing, visas, etc. These links are intended as a resource and do not answer specific questions regarding individual PM&R program requirements, or medical school affiliations. Answers for more specific questions should be directed to either your school, or the school to which you wish to apply. Click Here

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