Annual Assembly 2018

Annual Assembly





Plenary Speakers

Our experts will share their insights on all that is innovative in leadership, practice, and science. Don’t forget about your peer presenters on Sunday. Stay and listen to our “PhyzTalk All-Stars!”

Thursday, October 25 | 11:15 am-12:30 pm

Holtz_Lou_PROMOPICDarryl Kaelin_cmykPresidential Address—Darryl Kaelin, MD, FAAPMR and Plenary Keynote—Game Plan for Success—Lou Holtz

AAPM&R President Darryl Kaelin, MD, FAAPMR, will officially launch #AAPMR2018, welcome attendees, and deliver his presidential address. Then, Lou Holtz, legendary football coach and ESPN Analyst (2004-2015)—and author of 3 New York Times best-selling books including, Winning Everyday: A Game Plan for Success, will inspire the audience to overcome seemingly-impossible challenges by setting goals and working hard to achieve them.


Friday, October 26 | 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Katie Sanchez_Disney Logo_v2The Disney Institute Approach to Being Bold and Innovative

Katie Sanchez
Senior Facilitator, Disney Institute

In this illuminating keynote, Disney Institute will inspire participants to be BOLD and pursue innovation to reinvigorate their patient experience. Participants will discover how Disney fosters a creative and collaborative culture that emboldens its employees to innovate their customer experiences with thoughtful technology and strategic service, and will leave inspired to do the same in their own roles!

Disney Institute uses business insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to provide relevant illustrations and engaging stories that help you deliver long-term results. This is your opportunity to learn from a true Disney “insider.” Disney Institute facilitators have experienced the essentials of the Disney culture first-hand and, as a Disney leader, draw upon personal experience from a variety of roles performed within The Walt Disney Company. As a Disney Institute facilitator, Katie Sanchez has worked with an array of clients across the private, public, and social sectors and ultimately is prepared to help you operationalize and sustain business results at your own organization through leadership, employee engagement, service, and more.


Saturday, October 27 | 12:45 pm-1:45 pm

Bertha K MadrasFiftieth Walter J. Zeiter Lecture and Awards Video Presentation—The Opioid Epidemic: Our Nation's Challenges

Bertha K. Madras, PhD, is a professor of psychobiology in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, research scientist, and respected authority on the opioid and prescription drug crisis. In 2017, she served as a member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction. The Commission’s goal was to identify strengths and weaknesses in our nation’s response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis, and recommend creative solutions to improve prevention, intervention, and treatment programs and services. Her insightful presentation will shed light on the Commission’s findings while bringing a personal perspective to this timely topic.

After Dr. Madras’ plenary session, she will host a follow-up presentation at 2 pm, The Opioid Epidemic: Our Nation’s Challenges Continue the Conversation.

Prior to Dr. Madras’ presentation will be our exciting AAPM&R Awards Video Presentation! On Saturday, October 27 at 12:45 pm, our 2018 award winners will be recognized for their significant contributions to both the specialty and to people with disabilities. Learn more about this year’s recipients.


Sunday, October 28 | 10 am-11:30 am

PhyzTalks Keynote

AA18_PhyzTalks_rgbThe top submissions of our “Call for PhyzTalks” will present their story live in a fun, real-time competition where the winner—chosen by the audience—will receive a FREE registration to next year’s Assembly. PhyzTalks are TED™-style talks, which feature stories that are compelling and impactful to physiatrists.

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