Introducing AAPM&R Member Communities


What is a Member Community?

AAPM&R members of all different backgrounds and experiences have a new way to connect with each other—AAPM&R Member Communities! Member Communities are self-identified, organically established communities offering opportunities for members to connect with each other, share experiences, and advance the future of the specialty together!

Member Communities were just announced in October 2018. Resources to support the communities, including PhyzForum and the eNewsletter, will be available in early 2019.

What is the role of a Member Community?

Member Communities can be:

  • Clinically focused (i.e., stroke, sports medicine, etc.)
  • Practice focused (i.e., Inpatient Rehabilitation, etc.)
  • Identity focused (i.e., women physiatrists, etc.)

The focus and goals of the community are up to you and your peers! You simply need to complete the application process, which requires 1 designated chair to be the liaison with the Academy and a minimum of 10 community members who are AAPM&R members.

What resources are available for Member Communities?

Efforts are underway to develop resources and engagement opportunities for Member Communities. These resources will be available for community use in early 2019. At that time, additional details will be available. Below is a summary of efforts in development:

  • Member Communities will have ways to connect both in-person and online:
    • NEW! A designated community on PhyzForum, including a blog, and an app for instant access to discussions with peers!
    • The opportunity to continue gathering in a dedicated space at the Annual Assembly
  •  Member Communities will have ways to share perspective and subject-matter expertise:
    • NEW! An opportunity to submit a proposal for a Community Session(s) as part of the Annual Assembly’s program during its NEW Community Day (beginning in 2019). 
    • NEW! Highlight your community’s subject-matter expertise and topics relevant to you in a NEW eNewsletter focused on recognizing the work of the Member Communities
    • NEW! 1 representative from each Member Community will be invited to participate in an event hosted by AAPM&R to discuss challenging questions currently facing the specialty.

How do I apply to create a Member Community?

Member Communities can be created by completing the online application form.  The community's name, goals and at least 10 AAPM&R members are needed to submit the application. 

How do I become a member and/or participate?

Members can become a member of one or more communities by updating their member profile or contacting Member Services at (847) 737-6000.

How can I become a volunteer leader?

See below for a current list of Member Communities. If you are interested in being a leader of one of these communities, please contact Member Services at (847) 737-6000. If you would like to start your own Member Community, please complete the online application form. All members are encouraged to complete their volunteerism interests online via their member profile.

How many current Member Communities are there?

Since members can apply to create a Member Community at any time, the list may vary.  Below is a list of Member Communities currently in development, as of October 23, 2018:

  • African American Physiatrists
  • Alternative Pain Medicine
  • Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Interventional Pain
  • Neuromodulation
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
  • Spine Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Women Physiatrists

How can our Member Community members communicate with one another?

If requested, each Member Community will receive their own AAPM&R PhyzForum Community and Blog, which is located on our main website. Member login is required. 

Are there still Member Councils?

The current Member Councils will sunset by early 2019 with the help of current Council leadership. A task force comprised of current Council leaders and members of the AAPM&R Board of Governors worked collaboratively to create this new community model. While the insights and input received from the Councils over the years has been greatly appreciated, Academy members, including Council leadership, have asked for more ways to connect, learn, and grow together. The task force hopes members see the new Member Communities as a means to engage on an individual level and more broadly across the Academy.