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AAPM&R Physiatrist Member Communities are open to all physiatrist members of the Academy. To join one or more communities, simply update the 'Networking and Communications' section of your AAPM&R Member Profile.

  

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Member Communities were each asked to provide information about the purpose of the community. Feel free to reach out to the contact(s) listed for additional information!

African American Physiatrists
A community for African American physiatrists to gather to promote inclusion, education and support.

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Contact: Maurice G. Sholas, MD, PhD, FAAPMR
Goals:

  • Promote inclusion of physicians of the black diaspora in the Academy membership and leadership
  • Develop a forum for mentorship, support and promotion of physicians of the black diaspora within the Academy
  • Develop and promote diversity within the Academy
  • Develop and promote resources, seminars and presentations at the Academy featuring members of our community
  • Develop and promote resources, seminars and presentations at the Academy of topics relevant to the community with impact on the larger Academy
  • Promote health equity and eliminate desperate clinical treatment outcomes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 
  • Invite and support guest speakers to educate the Academy membership of things important to our community

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Alternative Pain Medicine
A community for physiatrists interested in alternative medicine.

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Contact: Not confirmed. Contact Academy staff for more information.

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Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Directors
A community for brain injury medicine fellowship directors and candidates to gather and interact. 

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Contact: Brian D. Greenwald, MD, FAAPMR
Goals:

  • Networking opportunities for candidates
  • Sharing of ideas of how to enhance brain injury medicine fellowships
  • Updating members on emerging changes at the ACGME

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Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine
A community that can further cancer rehabilitation medicine through education, research and networking.

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Contact: Ekta Gupta, MD, FAAPMR and Sean R. Smith, MD, FAAPMR
Goals:

  • Education: identifying domains and integrating cancer rehabilitation education in residency as well as fellowship
  • Research: Establishing a network of sites that can collaborate on clinical trials and other research is essential to propelling the field forward
  • Website: increasing the web presence of cancer rehabilitation for patients and physiatrists with information on cancer rehabilitation, research and education. Will also allow physiatrists to network with cancer physiatrists and stay updated.
  • Partnership with oncology organizations: establishing roles and increasing physiatric membership in national oncology organizations such as NCCN, ASCO, ACSM, and increasing committee membership (ACS).
  • Mentorship: establishing a mentorship network for early-career (and resident/fellow) cancer rehabilitation physicians helps shape the field. This involves identifying willing and qualified mentors and creating a sustainable structure by which mentors and mentees can be matched together.

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Central Nervous System
A community for physiatrists who are interested in or specialize in injuries to the central nervous system, including traumatic and non-traumatic onset, and associated sequelae.

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Contact: Michael Yochelson, MD, MBA, FAAPMR

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Exercise as Medicine
To gather a group of physiatrists interested in promoting exercise as a form of medicine to enhance patient management.

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Contact: Jonathan H. Whiteson, MD, FAAPMR
Goals:

  • To collate, review and disseminate evidence for the benefit of aerobic exercise as a modality in the management of patients undergoing rehabilitation for physical and / or cognitive functional limitations across the spectrum of diagnoses and organ system dysfunction.
  • To stimulate research to optimize a diagnosis-specific exercise prescription.
  • To implement practice changes that incorporates aerobic exercise in the continuum of rehabilitative care, from the acute care setting through outpatient and into the community.
  • To establish aerobic exercise as a significant tool in primary and secondary disease prevention.

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Inpatient Rehabilitation
A community for physiatrists who practice in various settings, including specialists and generalists, to discuss the challenges of inpatient rehabilitation.

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Contact: Not confirmed. Contact Academy staff for more information.

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Interventional Pain
A community for physiatrists interested in interventional pain.

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Contact: Not confirmed. Contact Academy staff for more information.

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Kosher Physiatry
A community for Jewish physiatrists

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PhyzForum discussion board coming soon!

Contact: Edward Hurvitz, MD, FAAPMR
Goals:

  • To provide information about traditional Jewish practices such as Kashrut and traditional religious services at AAPM&R meetings
  • To provide mentorship for observant Jewish physiatrists negotiating religious practice and training/early career.

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LatinX in Physiatry
A community of members with a Latin background to engage with on important physiatric issues.

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Contact: Glendaliz Bosques-Mendez, MD, FAAPMR
Goals:

  • To connect with other members of similar backgrounds.
  • To share resources for identified patient populations at risk for health disparities.
  • To collaborate beyond institutions to disseminate knowledge.

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Medical Educators
A community geared towards PM&R faculty members, medical students, residents, fellows, and anyone else with an interest in teaching and learning.

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PhyzForum discussion board coming soon!

Contact: R. Sam Mayer, MD, FAAPMR
Goal:

  • To enhance the training of future generations of physiatrists through the education of students, residents and fellows
  • This community is geared towards PM&R faculty members, medical students, residents, fellows and anyone else with an interest in teaching and learning.

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Neuromodulation
A forum for physiatrists with an interest or focus on neuromodulation medicine to discuss common interests and concerns.

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Contact: Not confirmed. Contact Academy staff for more information.

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Neuromuscular medicine
A forum for physiatrists with an interest or focus on neuromuscular medicine to discuss common interests and concerns.

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PhyzForum discussion board coming soon!

Contact: Shawn P. Jorgensen, MD, FAAPMR
Goals:

  • To support and promote the role of Physiatrists as high-quality practitioners of Neuromuscular medicine.
  • To become the primary hub of academic dialogue specifically tailored to Physiatrists who practice Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
  • To create a space for Physiatrists with an interest in Neuromuscular Medicine and Electrodiagnostics to create educational material for the Annual Assembly, the PM&R journal, and other venues inside and outside of the AAPM&R.
  • To advocate for the Neuomuscular and Electrodiagnostic Physiatry community regarding non-academic concerns impacting their day-to-day practice, including coding, reimbursement, medicolegal and other practice management issues.

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Overhead Athlete
A community for physiatrists interested in or specializing in overhead athletes to gather informally to discuss common threads.

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Contact: Jason L. Zaremski, MD, FAAPMR
Goals:

  • Introduce new concepts and topics related to the overhead athlete
  • Develop a forum for discussion in this niche population
  • Provide an environment for development of new and novel research ideas
  • Consider creating online resources for improved patient care related to the overhead athlete
  • Offer an area to engage members with similar interests
  • Bring in special guest speakers to educate membership when new research is published

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Para/Adaptive Athletes and Sports
A community of members interested in adaptive/Para sports and supporting adaptive/Para athletes.

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PhyzForum discussion board coming soon!

Contact: Amy Rabatin, MD
Goal:

  • Networking and sharing of knowledge and evidence-based practice

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Pain Medicine
A community for physiatrists who are interested in and/or specialize in chronic painful conditions involving the central and peripheral nervous systems and musculoskeletal system, either traumatic, non-traumatic or acquired.

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Contact: Not confirmed. Contact Academy staff for more information.

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Pediatric Rehabilitation
A community where physiatrists who are interested in and/or specialize in the care of childhood onset disabilities from birth through adulthood.

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Contact: Joline Brandenburg, MD, FAAPMR

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Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship Program Directors
To provide opportunities for ongoing updates and discussion about fellowship training in the field of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.

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Contact: David Pruitt, MD, FAAPMR

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Pediatric Sports Medicine
A physiatry community for networking and sharing knowledge/resources regarding pediatric sports medicine.

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PhyzForum discussion board coming soon!

Contact: Mary Dubon, MD, FAAPMR
Goals:

  • To network with other rehabilitation physicians and other clinicians who practice pediatric sports medicine care.
  • To share updated evidenced-based resources related to pediatric sports medicine.

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Performing Arts Medicine
To gather a group of members interested in performing arts medicine.

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Contact: Lauren Elson, MD, FAAPMR

Goals:

  • To foster networking among AAPM&R members with clinical interest in treating performing artists
  • To share treatment strategies and facilitating research within the PM&R performing arts community
  • To facilitate programming at AAPM&R national conference relevant to the community interests
  • To raise issues of public health of relevance to the performing artist community
  • To enable participation in performing arts activities across the spectrum of age, ability, and function

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Regenerative Medicine
A community for physiatrists who are interested in regenerative medicine.

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Contact: Not confirmed. Contact Academy staff for more information.

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Running Medicine
A community of physiatrists with interest in this area and facilitate the transfer and dissemination of knowledge regarding these patients.

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PhyzForum discussion board coming soon!

Contact: Kevin Vincent, MD, PhD, FAAPMR
Goal:

  • Bring together people interested in the evaluation and treatment of runners. Due to the repetitive nature of the activity as well as its popularity, knowledge of biomechanics, proper training, nutrition as well as the evaluation and treatment for runners takes special knowledge and training.

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Spine Medicine
A group of members interested in performing spine medicine.

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Contact: Not confirmed. Contact Academy staff for more information.

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Sports Medicine
A group of members interested in performing sports medicine.

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Contact: Not confirmed. Contact Academy staff for more information.

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Sports Medicine Fellowship Directors
A community for sports medicine fellowship directors to connect on sports fellowship issues.

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Contact: Kenneth Mautner, MD, FAAPMR
Goal:

  • Discuss ongoing issues related to ACGME Sports Fellowships.

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Women Physiatrists
A community that can identify and discuss challenges affecting women in physiatry.

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Contact: Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, FAAPMR
Goals:

  • Support other women Physiatrists.
  • Educate on issues important to women in medicine.
  • Educate on gender equity.
  • Promote women in Physiatry!

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Wound Medicine
A community of physiatrists to share expertise on wound care.

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PhyzForum discussion board coming soon!

Contact: Sandra Rosenberg, MD, FAAPMR
Goal:

  • Bring together PMR professionals who have expertise and/or interest in wound care to further education, training, research and support in an important and growing population of patients effected by complex chronic wounds.

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