Annual Assembly 2018

Annual Assembly

Plenary Speakers

Join your fellow Annual Assembly attendees as we come together to focus on common threads that connect all physiatrists. Our expert speakers will help us Thrive Through Transformation as they share new technology capabilities for rehabilitation, strategies for enhancing your leadership skills, and how to transform unique rehabilitation challenges to improve patient care.

"Good lectures, GREAT plenaries, valuable networking."—2016 Attendee

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

Ebeling_Mick_PROMOPICGeiringerPresidential Address: Radical Collaboration—Mick Ebeling

AAPM&R President Steve R. Geiringer, MD, FAAPMR, will officially launch #AAPMR2017 and address attendees. Then Mick Ebeling, founder and CEO of Not Impossible Labs—the world’s first 3D-printing prosthetic lab and training facility—and author of Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done, will provide an inspiring talk focused on this year’s major themes of Technology and Radical Collaboration.

Take a Hollywood producer, a NY professor, a fine artist, and a hacker with a criminal record…put them together and what do you get? A device that helped a paralyzed man create drawings using only the movement of his eyes. Collaboration comes in many forms, some of them unexpected. In this talk, Mick discusses the tools necessary to become a stellar collaborator, and to recognize the traits of collaboration-worthy individuals for your next big idea. 

Friday, October 13 | 11:30 am-12:30 pm

Dave Anderson

Becoming a Leader of Character—Dave Anderson, MBA

Dave Anderson is a second-generation West Point graduate and co-author of Becoming a Leader of Character. While many books focus on developing managerial competencies, most leadership failures are the result of a failure in character, not a failure in competence. But, just like how you don’t get in shape by reading a fitness magazine, you don’t become a leader of character by reading a book on character. You have to DO what you want to BE! Leaders of Character is a “workout plan” designed to develop 6 habits of character by providing small, daily exercises that strengthen your character muscles for the bigger character tests all leaders face. Dave Anderson’s plenary will shed light on new leadership strategies for being bold and thriving through transformation!


Saturday, October 14 | 11:30 am-12:30 pm

David CrandellForty-Ninth Walter J. Zeiter Lecture and Awards Video Presentation: Crossing the Finish Line: How Rehabilitation Responders Made Boston Strong—David M. Crandell, MD, FAAPMR

Ten seconds. On a day usually measured by marathon times in hours, the 117th Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013, ended when 2 bombs detonated close to the finish line, 10 seconds apart. The race for recovery began moments later with first responders, timely transport, and acute trauma care success leading to the need for high-quality rehabilitation services for dozens of survivors. Dr. David M. Crandell, medical director of the amputee program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital will present, “Crossing the Finish Line: How Rehabilitation Responders Made Boston Strong.” Whether they were first or last responders, physiatrists and rehabilitation professionals played critical roles and demonstrated how true interdisciplinary teams come together when an entire community has been affected. Dr. Crandell will discuss some of the unique rehabilitation challenges of taking care of multiple severely-injured patients under a national spotlight. Prior to Dr. Crandell's presentation will be our awards video, where the 2017 award winners will be acknowledged.

Sunday, October 15 | 10 am-11:30 am

PhyzTalks Plenary—New for 2017

AA17_PhyzTalksEnd your Annual Assembly experience with the inaugural PhyzTalks Plenary. This live competition will feature the top submissions from the Call for PhyzTalks. These TED-style talks will feature stories that are compelling and impactful to physiatrists. Audience polling will choose the PhyzTalk favorite, so be sure to stay until Sunday to hear your peers present and cast your vote!

View our PhyzTalk speaker line-up here.

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