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Successful professionals often attribute their success to those who helped them along the way. AAPM&R is introducing a mentoring program to help early career physicians find similar success through online mentorship. 

AAPM&R Virtual Mentoring matches early-career physicians with experienced physiatrists with the goal of promoting personal and professional development. This members-only benefit offers a formal way to connect with the physiatric community via a mentor who can be a resource for:

  • Questions
  • Shared experiences
  • Goal setting
  • Career navigation
  • And more

Who Can Participate

Mentors: Physiatrists who have been in practice for 6 or more years. 

Protégés: Physiatrists who are in fellowship or have been out of residency for 1 to 5 years.

Program Goals

  • Assist members in sharing skills, knowledge, and expertise
  • Promote ongoing learning and growth
  • Provide guidance and constructive feedback
  • Discuss topics important to early-career physicians, such as:
    • Transitioning from residency to practice
    • Day-to-day challenges of practicing medicine
    • Navigating the changing health care landscape
    • Specific questions about PM&R
    • Personal finances
    • Contract negotiations
    • Establishing a private practice  
    • Marketing your practice
    • Diversifying your career
    • Work/life balance
    • Time management, organizational skills, and physician efficiency
    • MOC/licensure
    • Pursuing an AAPM&R leadership role

How to Get Started:

  1. Register on MentorCity, the Academy's virtual mentoring platform.
  2. Complete your profile.
  3. MentorCity will provide a list of potential matches.
  4. With initial contact, establish parameters (frequency and mode of communication, goals, etc.).  MentorCity provides a communication platform, but you determine what works best - whether it be email, texting, or another mode of communication. 

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