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About Advanced Practice Provider Membership

AAPM&R is happy to welcome Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) into membership with the Academy. The following page outlines information about this newly-created membership category, which became available in 2019.

As an APP member, you receive access to our Member Directory, discounts on in-person and online education, access to the All APP Member Forum and Member Communities on PhyzForum. You also receive print and digital communications, including PM&R (the purple journal), The Physiatrist, and Connection.

Defining Advanced Practice Provider

Per the AAPM&R membership bylaws:

An Advanced Practice Provider must be a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner eligible for membership in their professional discipline’s national association. Advanced Practice Providers shall have recognized education or licensure/certification, or formal appointment relevant and customary for the professional type. For the purposes of this Section A.12, the Academy’s Membership Committee shall determine in its sole discretion what constitutes a “a physician assistant or nurse practitioner.”

Click here to read AAPM&R's Position on Advancing Physiatric-led Team Care Through Collaboration and Community.

NEW! 2019 Proposed APP
Bylaws Amendment 

An amendment to the APP member category has been proposed by the Board of Governors that would require APPs applying for membership to have a current physiatrist Academy Member as a sponsor.

 

UPDATED! FAQs

As a new membership category, we recognize there may be lots of questions physiatrists and APPs have. Check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you're question isn't answered after reading this list, please email memberservices@aapmr.org. We would be happy to assist you!

The Role of an APP in Practice: The Position of AAPM&R

Our position is that APPs should not practice rehab independently, but instead work within a rehab team under the leadership of a PM&R physician. Click below to read our formal position: The Role of the Advanced Practice Provider in Rehabilitation Care.