Annual Assembly 2018

Annual Assembly

Bold Leadership Strategies and Tools for Today's Health Care Environment


Wednesday, October 11
8 am-5 pm

Course Directors: Kathleen R. Bell, MD, FAAPMR and Rachel A. Brakke, MD, FAAPMR

Faculty: Penny Archuleta, MA; Michele L. Arnold, MD, FAAPMR, FAANEM; Anne M. Libby, PhD; Michael F. Lupinacci, MD, FAAPMR; Jennifer M. Zumsteg, MD, FAAPMR

This preconference course seeks to explore the specific challenges and strengths presented to physiatrists in the changing world of health care. How does the physiatrist thrive in the world of accountable care organizations and health system mergers? What are the specific skills needed to propel the physiatrist into key leadership roles? What do we as physiatrists bring to the table? In this course, we will define physician leadership, integrate the skills needed to be successful in the business of the new health care, and construct personal environmental scans and development plans for each attendee. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the role of the physician leader in the health care world of mergers, narrow networks and accountable care organizations.
  • Integrate physiatric skills and challenges into the needs of changing health care systems.
  • Develop new skills in team/system negotiations and conflict management.
  • Construct a personal environmental scan and development plan.

A Word From Our Course Directors 


"Leadership in this evolving health care system for physiatrists is essential, and I can attest from personal experience, you don’t learn any of the essential skills in medical school or residency training. I consider leadership skills to be part of my survival package in my professional life." — Dr. Bell

Brakke"Leadership is about understanding yourself, others, and how to effectively communicate with those who might have different styles or agendas. If you strive to be a more effective leader and communicator - this course is for you!" — Dr. Brakke

Who Should Attend?

Early/mid to mid/late career physiatrists in both private and academic practice. Participating physiatrists are seeking to augment or renew their career paths and develop their skills at leadership in health care systems and developing networks. 


The American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Designation of Credit

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

NEW! Academy Tested, Board Approved!

This course has been approved by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) for 7.75 Maintenance of Certification® (MOC®) Part II Self-Assessment credits. To earn MOC® credit, participants must successfully pass the required post-test that is associated with this activity.

Faculty and topics subject to change.