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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!

General Information and Submission Process


**Deadline: August 15** 

Submit your story to become a featured presenter at the Annual Assembly’s new Sunday morning plenary.  The top submissions will be invited to present their story live in a fun, real-time competition where the winner - chosen by the audience - will receive:

  • A FREE registration to next year’s Assembly
  • The highly-coveted PhyzTalks trophy
  • Bragging rights!

 All selected speakers will be featured on the AAPM&R website following the Assembly.

What is a PhyzTalk?

Styled after TED Talks, PhyzTalks are intended to be an 8-15 minute live presentation during which you tell a story that is compelling and impactful to physiatrists.  Impactful stories might focus on:

  • Philanthropic or social causes important to physiatry
  • Unique patient stories or innovative approaches
  • Mentors or leaders that have had an impact on you and/or the field
  • Innovative collaborations with other specialties, health systems, or internationally

What are some tips for a successful PhyzTalk? 11983A-500

This will be the first year of doing a PhyzTalks plenary, so we’re hoping you’ll help set the bar.  Some tips for successful TED-style talks include:

  • Use a story that is personal.  It can sometimes feel like you’re bragging, but sometimes your successes can be both compelling and motivational without it being about boasting.  Focus on the message you want to share, what you have learned, and how your experience can impact or move physiatry forward.
  • Less is more.  You will only have 8 – 15 minutes, so be clear on your core message.
  • While it may be helpful to use slides or video to augment your story, they can often be a crutch.  Don’t feel you need to use them. Visual aids should support or enhance the story, not be the story.
  • Think through the beginning, middle and end of your talk. While some improvisation can be good, it is helpful to know how your story will end.
  • There are no restrictions on how you can present your story, so feel free to include a colleague or music. The more unique, the better; just make sure that it connects to a core message.

What should a PhyzTalk not be?

Some examples of what not to do include:

  • A “pitch” of a specific product, service or institution
  • Reading PowerPoint slides
  • Presentation of a research abstract

Who should submit a PhyzTalk application?


All members (including residents and fellows) are eligible to submit an application describing the story they would like to present. 

This is your opportunity to have a platform to share your story with the specialty. Applicants are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible in the application to help the reviewers in selecting submissions.

What is the selection process of PhyzTalk presenters?

  1. Submit an application by August 15 describing the story you would like to tell.
  2. Applicants will be notified by August 31 if they have been selected to present during the PhyzTalks plenary.
  3. Selected applicants will present their story on Sunday, October 15 between 10 and 11:30 am.
  4. The audience will vote on their favorite PhyzTalk at the end of the session, and the winner will be presented with their trophy.
  5. All presentations will be recorded and featured on the Academy website.
  6. The winner will earn a free registration to the 2018 Annual Assembly in Orlando.


We'd love to hear from you. Please contact education@aapmr.org with questions.


To be considered for a PhyzTalk plenary, please submit a Word document outlining the items below to education@aapmr.org no later than August 15, 2017.

1. Contact information

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Institution
  • Years out of practice (or resident/fellow) 

2. Your PhyzTalk story. Include a detailed description or summary of the story you’d like to present, not to exceed 500 words.

3. Have you presented before? Please provide a list or summary of your past presentation experience, including whether you have presented on this topic.  (Note: past presentation experience is not required).

4. How do you think your story could impact physiatrists or the physiatrist community? What is your take-home message?

5. Are there any special considerations the reviewers should be aware of? Would your presentation have any special A/V, or other technical or logistical support needs?  Is there anything else you’d like to share?

6. Any other comments on why you should be selected?