Visioning PM&R Bold

Advancing PM&R Bold


Announcing a BOLD New Vision for Physiatry Defined by YOU!

In order to lead the advancement of physiatry's impact throughout health care, your Academy recently adopted a new vision statement, which is also the specialty’s vision. The vision represents the input of thousands of physiatrists through the Visioning PM&R BOLD initiative. AAPM&R will ensure that:



Physiatrists are the essential medical experts in value-based evaluation, diagnosis, and management of neuromusculoskeletal and disabling conditions.

Physiatrists are indispensable leaders in directing rehabilitation and recovery, and in preventing injury and disease.

Physiatrists are vital in optimizing outcomes and function early and throughout the continuum of patient care.

The vision offers exciting new opportunities for YOU in the future of health care. To help move it forward, AAPM&R has enlisted the assistance of member physiatrists to develop envisioned futures for practice areas addressing this key question:

How will practices look different in the future when aligned with this vision?

We have started with 2 Practice Areas, based on input gathered through the Visioning PM&R BOLD initiative: Musculoskeletal Care and Acute/Post-Acute Care. Plus, we are actively working with physiatrists in pain medicine, pediatric rehabilitation, cancer rehabilitation medicine, and medical homes/neighborhoods to explore envisioned futures for these areas.

In the Future ... Physiatry is primary care’s frontline partner for all non-emergent Musculoskeletal (MSK) Care.

Read more about the envisioned future for physiatrists in Musculoskeletal Care:

In the Future ... The physiatrist is the recognized leader across the Acute and Post-Acute Care continuum with expertise in managing utilization of resources to achieve maximal patient outcome.

Read more about the envisioned future for physiatry in the Acute and Post Acute Care continuum:

Advance PM&R BOLD With Us

To bring these envisioned futures into reality, we need YOU! Explore the new models with us. Are you already practicing in a way that aligns with one of the envisioned futures and models above? We want to hear from you! Do these models appeal to you and are you ready to evolve your practice to align with this envisioned future? We want to collaborate with you!

Members, join the conversation on PhyzForum, AAPM&R’s online member community. By joining the learning collaborative community, you can engage with your peers to share and learn from one another’s experiences and discuss challenges and opportunities.

The Path to the Vision

With YOUR insights and those from thousands of physiatrists across the country, AAPM&R has worked to define a BOLD vision for PM&R.

The path to a vision started with the acquisition of qualitative and quantitative input from physiatrists with diverse clinical expertise and backgrounds. It is FROM the specialty and FOR the specialty, making it YOUR vision for the future of physiatry.



AAPM&R is Committed to Advancing Physiatry’s Vision

AAPM&R is adopting the specialty’s vision to be the Academy’s vision, so that we can support you and the path forward. Additionally, to support members in achieving this vision, your Academy has adopted a new mission statement for our organization:

AAPM&R leads the advancement of physiatry’s impact throughout health care.

Hear more from your Academy leaders:

To make the vision a reality, our entire specialty must be involved. Our new mission statement emphasizes the leadership role your Academy will play in supporting the specialty in this endeavor. Members can read more in the August issue of The Physiatrist.


What Does the New Vision Mean for AAPM&R Members?

Your Academy will continue to bring physiatrists together for BOLD discussions about the future and will be developing MORE opportunities for involvement. 

Watch your member communications, including the weekly Connection e-newsletter and monthly The Physiatrist print newsletter for updates.

To start collaborating with your peers, join the conversation on PhyzForum!