What are Organizations in Which Physiatrists Can Participate

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The Medical Student's Guide to PM&R

For more information on the official specialty organization for physiatry:

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R): www.aapmr.org

  • Founded in 1938
  • Membership open to medical students, PM&R residents, board-eligible and board-certified physiatrists
  • Primary sponsorship of the specialty board

Official journal: PM&R

AAPM&R Annual Assembly

This meeting provides a forum for continuing medical education, research presentations, a technical exhibition, special interest group meetings, career network services, and a program developed for residents including an educational symposium and business meeting of the Resident Physician Council.

The Physiatrist in Training Council (PHiT) of AAPM&R

The PHiT was formed to allow residents the opportunity to assist the Academy with administrative planning in the areas of medical education, practice preparedness, membership, residency review, health legislation, research, and marketing. PHiT also publishes the PM&R Resident newsletter and endeavors to educate medical students, other residents, fellows in training, non-physiatric physicians, and the public about the field of PM&R. PHiT is composed of an executive board, standing committee, and liaisons to the Academy committees and other organizations. The members consist entirely of peer-elected, appointed, or volunteer PM&R residents.


There are other professional organizations to which physiatrists may also belong:

For more information on academic or research-based practices:

The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP): www.physiatry.org

  • Founded in 1967
  • Membership is open to PM&R residents, board-eligible and board-certified physiatrists who are affiliated with an academic setting. 

AAP Annual Meeting

This meeting offers continuing education for physicians interested in improving their skills as practitioners and academicians, non-physician academicians who teach and conduct research in PM&R departments, PM&R residents, and physiatrists interested in education and research.


For more information on multidisciplinary approaches to rehabilitation:

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM): www.acrm.org

  • Founded in 1923
  • Membership open to physicians and allied health professionals with an interest in PM&R 

ACRM Annual Meeting

This meeting provides a forum for continuing medical education with an emphasis on multidisciplinary perspectives, along with research presentations and a technical exhibition.


For more information on obtaining and maintaining specialty board certification in physiatry:

The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR): www.abpmr.org

  • Founded in 1947
  • One of the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties
  • Establishes the requirements for certification and maintaining certification, creates its examinations, and contributes to setting the standards for PM&R