Annual Assembly

PhyzTalks—New for 2017

Sunday, October 15 | 10 am-11:30 am

PhyzTalks LogoEnd your Annual Assembly experience with the inaugural PhyzTalks Plenary. This live competition will feature the top submissions from the Call for PhyzTalks. These TED-style talks will focus on the most transformative PM&R topics. Audience polling will choose the PhyzTalk favorite, so be sure to stay until Sunday to hear your peers present and cast your vote!

PhyzTalks Plenary Video Contest


PhyzTalks open the Annual Assembly plenary speaker selection process to the entire spectrum of the physical medicine and rehabilitation world. PhyzTalks can include 1) new topics related to PM&R OR 2) new perspective on current topics. PhyzTalks should share new ideas that have not been shared elsewhere, especially on video. This is an opportunity to share novel ideas that go beyond the themes and truly reflect ideas that physiatrists can use to navigate the changing health care environments.

Enter the contest by submitting a video detailing your full talk. Take your story and turn it into a short video (which doesn’t need to be fancy!).

What are PhyzTalks?

PhyzTalks are a showcase for speakers presenting well-formed ideas in under 15 minutes. These are TED-style talks that allow an audience to focus on one subject in a relatively short chunk of time. The below are examples that would make great PhyzTalk plenary presentations.

What makes a great PhyzTalk?

The Program Planning Committee is looking for ideas that are new or surprising, ideas that challenge a belief our members already have. Or it could be a great basic idea with a compelling new argument behind it. An idea isn’t just a story or list of facts. A good idea takes evidence or observation and draws a larger conclusion.

Do you think you have an inspired PM&R idea? Here’s what you need to know:

  • An PhyzTalk idea should help the audience deepen or renew their understanding of topics that are timely and innovative.
  • Speakers must clearly and concisely articulate their ideas. This means, when telling a story, speakers clearly unpacking the lessons they want members to learn from the story.
  • Ideas must matter to today’s environment and conversation.

Who can submit a video?

Current AAPM&R members, either individually or in groups.

How can a video be submitted?

Video submissions should be uploaded publicly to YouTube and shared with AAPM&R by emailing the hyperlink to education@aapmr.org, with the following:

  • Subject line: PhyzTalk Plenary Video Contest
  • For each participant:
    • Name
    • Institution
    • Email
    • Phone Number  

Who can appear in the video?

Submissions may incorporate animation, pictures, video clips, music, individuals’ personal stories, and/or other supplemental materials within the video. Contest entrants must obtain a completed release form for any person whose name, voice, likeness or persona is referenced, shown, or otherwise used in the submitted piece.

Due to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) privacy rules, patients may NOT be featured within the video. This is to protect the creators of the video, the institutions they serve, as well as the Academy. Note: Videos that do not adhere to these rules will be disqualified from the competition.

What is the prize?


The video that best represents the PM&R specialty, as determined by the AAPM&R Program Planning Committee, will present their talk live during the 2017 AAPM&R Annual Assembly in Denver, CO, showcased on the Academy’s website, and featured on Academy social media outlets.

When is the deadline?

June 15, 2017

When will the winner be announced?

August 7, 2017


View the Official Rules & Regulations or email education@aapmr.org with subject line: PhyzTalks Plenary Video Contest.