Annual Assembly 2018

Annual Assembly

Network with Your PM&R Community

With so many options for networking, we've made it a little easier for you to connect with your peers. Just click on the sections below to learn more:


Welcome Reception

11875A-1490Thursday, October 12
5:15 pm–7 pm

Connect with colleagues, meet new friends, and mingle with our industry partners during the opening night! Held in the PM&R Pavilion, the reception provides an ideal opportunity to socialize and preview this year’s array of PM&R products and services. Guests and children must be registered for admittance to this event.

Residents’ Reception

Friday, October 13           
5:30 pm-6:30 pm

This exclusive event gives residents the opportunity to network during a casual reception. Annual Assembly resident registration fees include admittance to this reception. Name badges must be worn to enter—residents only.

Sponsored in part by: medtronic_cmyk     treloarheisel


President’s Reception

Wynkoop Brewing BuildingFriday, October 13           
6:30 pm–9 pm

Wynkoop Brewing Company
1634 18th St.
Denver, CO 80202

We’re excited to host our President’s Reception at Wynkoop Brewing Company, Colorado’s first brewpub, located in downtown Denver. The vintage, late 1800s warehouse has been transformed into a charming turn-of-the-century Denver institution. Since its opening in the late 1980s, Wynkoop has been known for their innovative and unexpected beer styles. Wynkoop brews more than 40 different styles of craft beer, which include surprising ingredients such as Rocky Mountain Oysters! Challenge your peers to a friendly game of billiards or shuffleboard and enjoy New American pub grub in the brewery’s billiards parlor. Kick back, relax, and listen to live music with a freshly-brewed glass of custom AAPM&R beer, named by our members! This memorable experience will top off your week in the Mile-High City. Wynkoop Brewing Company-large-027-Pool Hall-1500x1000-72dpi - Copy

AAPM&R is pleased to offer tickets at generously discounted prices:

  • Member—$40
  • Member Guest/Child—$40
  • Nonmember—$95
  • Nonmember Guest/Child—$40

Tickets to this event must be purchased separately from Annual Assembly registration fees. Purchase your ticket early, as there are a limited number of tickets available for this event. Badges must be worn at all times and tickets must be presented to enter the event. View a walking map of the convention center to the Wynkoop Brewery here.

REGISTER EARLY—only a limited number of tickets are available!

Sponsored in part by: Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone


Denver brews more beer than any other city in the nation, with more than 200 different beers brewed daily!


Member Networking 

Attention First-Time Attendees!

Thursday, October 12
7:15 am-8 am

Please join us at the First-Time Attendee Orientation to meet other first-timers, learn how to maximize your time in Denver, and enjoy light refreshments. An invitation with complete details will be sent prior to the Assembly. Learn more tips for attending your first Assembly.

Member Council Gatherings


Member Councils are the pathway to transforming your Academy membership into a more powerful resource in the areas of education, research, and advocacy. The Member Council Gatherings are designed to help YOU connect with your peers. Through your Member Councils, you can interact with other Academy members who share your clinical interests, provide input directly to Academy leadership on everything from educational content to legislation, and receive tailored resources relevant to your practice. You also receive a quarterly enewsletter developed by your peers by participating in the Councils that align with your clinical area.

Thursday, October 12—1 pm-2 pm

  • Central Nervous System Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation/Developmental Disabilities

Friday, October 13—12:45 pm-1:45 pm

  • General and Medical Rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine

Saturday, October 14—12:30 pm-1:30 pm

  • Pain Medicine/Neuromuscular Medicine

Community Network Lounge11875A-2155

Thursday, October 12-Saturday, October 14

Are you interested in bringing your social or clinically-specialized community group together at the Annual Assembly? Then take advantage of our Community Network Lounge to hold an impromptu, informal meeting. The Lounge is also a perfect place to unwind and enjoy mountain views, get some fresh air on the terrace, or join in on a pickup game of beanbag toss! 

To host a more private gathering, contact to reserve space in the convention center. Rooms will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to contact the Academy in advance if you are interested in a private space.

Current Schedule (as of September 20, 2017)

Thursday, October 12

  • 2 pm-3 pm: Brain Injury Fellowship Directors
  • 3:30 pm-5 pm: Cancer Rehabilitation
  • 5:15 pm-6 pm: Pediatric Fellowship Directors
  • 5:30 pm-6:50 pm: Community Dialogue on Health Care Reform

Friday, October 13

  • 9 am-10 am: Women Physiatrists
  • 10 am-11 am: ACGME Accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship
  • 11 am-12 pm: Wound Care 
  • 12:45 pm-1:45 pm: African American Physiatrists

State Society Meetings

Thursday, October 12

The following meetings have been planned as of August 31, 2017:

  • AAPM&R All Michigan Statewide  PM&R  Reception (Sponsored by University of Michigan, Michigan State University & Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital)
  • American Association of Chinese Rehabilitation Physicians (AACRP) Annual Gathering
  • New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Networking Event
  • Ohio Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Alumni Receptions

Saturday, October 14

Connect with your alma mater colleagues at the Annual Assembly! More than 20 alumni receptions are held each year, giving you a fun opportunity to see past friends and make new connections. The following receptions have been planned as of August 31, 2017:

  • JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Reception
  • MedStar NRH Alumni and Friends Reception 2017
  • MetroHealth Rehab Institute/Case Western Reserve University
  • Mount Sinai Alumni Networking Event
  • Montefiore Medical Center Resident Alumni Reception
  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia/Cornell 2017 Annual Assembly Alumni Reception
  • Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/AbilityLab
  • Rusk Rehabilitation – NYU Langone Medical Center Alumni Reception
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School Department of PM&R Reception
  • Stanford PM&R Residency Alum Reception
  • Temple/MossRehab Alumni Gathering 2017
  • University of Washington Rehabilitation Medicine Alumni Event
  • UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Cocktail Reception (offsite)
  • UT Southwestern Alumni Reception
  • VA Greater Los Angeles/UCLA PM&R and Pain Medicine Fellowship Alumni Reception

Academy Events 

Connect with Academy leaders and colleagues during these business meetings.

AAPM&R Town Hall Meeting

11875A-2339Friday, October 13           
10 am–11:15 am

The Town Hall is a great way to make an in-person connection with AAPM&R leadership during the Annual Assembly. Members meet face-to-face with the AAPM&R Board of Governors, who set aside this time to answer your questions and hear your ideas and feedback.

AAPM&R Business Meeting

Saturday, October 14      
12:45 pm–1:45 pm

All AAPM&R fellow members are invited and encouraged to attend the Annual Business Meeting to vote on elected positions, approve the membership roster, consider bylaw amendment proposals, review 2017 activities, and preview 2018 Academy initiatives.

Resident Town Hall

11983A-1196Saturday, October 14           
4 pm-5 pm

All AAPM&R resident members are invited and encouraged to attend this annual event, moderated by the Resident Physician Council (RPC) Board. As the largest gathering of PM&R residents in the country, the Annual Assembly offers a unique opportunity for resident members to meet and share experiences.

Chief Residents’ Meeting

Saturday, October 14      
5 pm–6:30 pm

Are you curious to learn how other chief residents operate their PM&R residency programs? Do you need to create a network of peers to find new and innovative programs and solutions? Then this session is perfect for you! Hear chief residents share best practices, learn the “ins and outs” of PM&R residency operations, and participate in an interactive dialogue. This is great opportunity to build your network of lifelong colleagues.


*Subject to change.