Annual Assembly 2016

Annual Assembly

Networking Receptions

Welcome Reception

11875A-1467Thursday, October 20
5:30 pm–8 pm

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The Welcome Reception is the perfect place to kick-off your Annual Assembly experience! Reconnect with former 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 21          
6 pm-7 pm

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

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.


Support for the Residents’ Reception has been provided by Treloar & Heisel.

President’s Reception

Front of MuseumFriday, October 21          
7 pm–10 pm

National WWII Museum

You don't want to miss this exciting evening that kicks off with a dynamic, New Orleans tradition and ends at an incredible venue that celebrates the origin of physiatry. Those attending the President’s Reception are invited to gather outside the Convention Center at 6:30 pm to participate in our private Second Line Parade! An umbrella-wielding grand marshal will lead our parade of several hundred physiatrists through the streets of New Orleans, complete with a traditional brass band, costumed revelers, police escorts and LOTS of beads!

The parade will lead our group to the National WWII Museum, our President’s Reception venue and fascinating tribute to those who sacrificed so much to protect our freedom. WWII marked the beginning of the PM&R specialty and broadened the focus of physical medicine to become a comprehensive restoration of a patient’s capabilities as injured soldiers returned home for treatment. During the war, Frank H. Krusen, MD, PM&R pioneer and AAPM&R past president, provided training to nearly 200 “90-day wonder” physicians in the techniques of physical medicine, to be applied to wounded soldiers.

You'll get to tour the 6-acre campus of historic exhibits, interactive experiences, and assortment of artifacts, as well as enjoy savory po’boy sandwiches and cuisine from Louisiana’s rich style of Creole cooking. This evening, planned just for Annual Assembly attendees and their guests, will top off your week in vibrant New Orleans.

The parade will leave from the Convention Center promptly at 6:45 pm. A small group of ADA-accessible shuttles will be available at the convention center for transportation to and from the event.  

Did You Know? New Orleans is home to the LCVP, or Higgins boat, the landing craft that brought U.S. soldiers to shore in every major amphibious assault of World War II. Andrew Jackson Higgins and the 30,000 Louisiana workers of Higgins Industries designed, built, and tested 20,000 Higgins boats in southeastern Louisiana during the war.

Campaigns of Courage 1AAPM&R is pleased to offer tickets at generously discounted prices:

  • Member/Resident—$55
  • Nonmember/Resident—$110
  • Spouse/Guest—$75
  • Nonmember Spouse/Guest—$140
  • Child—$55
  • Exhibitor—$175

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. 

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

State Society Meetings and Alumni Receptions

View the full listing of state society and alumni networking events here.