Who We Are

About Us



My Specialty and My Academy in Action

As the primary medical society for the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), your Academy is focused on moving the specialty and you forward. Explore below to learn about the value of your Academy membership and what it supports. 


Our Focus

Resources to Meet Mandates

Find PM&R-specific resources for regulatory, certification and licensure requirements.

Clinical Skills for Career Enhancement

Own your future and broaden your career paths.

Changes Impacting Practice

Learn about the transitions occurring in the business of healthcare.

A Voice for the Specialty

Be a voice for physiatry and get involved.

Vision Statement

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, vital to optimizing outcomes and function early and throughout the continuum of patient care.

Mission Statement

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

Core Values

Stewardship: Evidenced by effective, transparent, purpose-driven management and protection of financial, human, and intellectual resources.

Leadership: Evidenced by enduring dedication to identify, develop, and support competent, passionate, ethical member leaders who embrace and advocate for the specialty’s and the Academy’s patient centric values.

Collaboration: Evidenced by active, meaningful engagement in professional relationships that share values, respect diverse perspectives, and fosters a team approach to action.

Innovation: Evidenced by adaptive and bold directions and decisions that successfully position members within the future of the specialty.

Respect for Human Dignity: Evidenced by embracing diversity, and a continuing dedication to patient-centered care that maximizes function, expands human potential, and enhances quality of life.

Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement

To learn more about our Diversity and Inclusion efforts, as well as our Principles of Inclusion and Engagement, visit this page.

History of AAPM&R

Your Academy is proud of all that we have accomplished since our founding in 1938. Our future is bright. We must understand the past so that our clinical practice continues to pose the important questions and our research finds solutions that benefit our patients.

Learn more about our history.

Read A Celebration of AAPM&R’s 75th Anniversary Publication.

View our 75th Anniversary Video—We Have a World to Care For:


Our Strategic Plan

Read about The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s goals for the next 3–5 years.