Annual Assembly 2018

Annual Assembly


In Training & Early-Career Physiatrists


Don’t miss this revamped program!

You asked and we answered! New this year, resident/early-career activities will take place throughout the Annual Assembly for a complete event experience. Sessions begin on Thursday afternoon.

The Annual Assembly is the world's largest gathering of PM&R residents, providing educational and networking events tailored specifically for you. It’s the place to network with attendings and learn both clinical and “life-after graduation” skills. You’ll also learn about securing a position and preparing for physiatric practice, among other valuable topics.

“I learned a lot about the changes coming in health care and how I can position myself to continue to be successful.”—2016 Resident Program Attendee

Networking Opportunities

Take advantage of these networking opportunities, designed with you in mind:

  • AAPM&R Job and Fellowship Fair (for all attendees)—Wednesday, October 11: 6:30 pm-9 pm
  • Resident Quiz BowlFriday, October 13: 4 pm-5:30 pm—sign up your team here!
  • Residents’ ReceptionFriday, October 13: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
  • President's ReceptionFriday, October 13: 6:30 pm-9 pm
  • Resident Town Hall MeetingSaturday, October 14: 4 pm-5 pm
  • Chief Residents’ MeetingSaturday, October 14: 5 pm-6:30 pm

New for 2017—Expanded Career Corner Booth

Stop by the Career Corner booth in the PM&R Pavilion to learn more about the Academy’s career development resources and tools, as well as volunteer opportunities to enhance your CV and leadership skills. You’ll meet with representatives who will be conducting CV reviews and offering career advice. New this year—organizations will be recruiting candidates at designated kiosks near the booth.

Job and Fellowship Board customer service and Academy staff will also be available to introduce attendees to the only PM&R-specific job search tool in the country. View open positions, find fellowship opportunities, and more with this one-stop career development tool!

We’ll also be hosting a series of informal events and discussions for physiatrists of career levels. A full schedule of events at the Career Corner booth will be available closer to October.


Thursday, October 12

  • 701. Making the Most of Your Transition: What To Do When You Become a New Attending
    2 pm-3:30 pm
    Cherry C. Junn, MD, FAAPMR (Session Director);
    Laurie Dromerick, BSN, RN, CPC

    This session will address commonly-missed aspects of becoming a new attending. In the first presentation, a certified executive coach who works with physicians will use interactive exercises to help identify your vision and goals to find the right fit. Then a faculty member at an early-career stage will share experiences on common mistakes and useful tools during the onboarding process.

    • Identify personal goals and values to find the right fit.
    • Discuss key factors in onboarding process, including how to communicate and build a support team.
    • Describe common mistakes that occur during this transition process and tools to avoid them.
    • Recognize physician assessment surveys and their importance.
  • 702. Thriving Through Transition: The Business of Rehabilitation
    3:45 pm-5:15 pm
    Vishwa S. Raj, MD, FAAPMR (Session Director); Steve Gnatz, MD, FAAPMR; Michael F. Lupinacci, MD, FAAPMR; Gregory M. Worsowicz, MD, MBA, FAAPMR

    A panel of experts from various types of practices would describe the business model, and potentially the benefits or difficulties associated with each of them. They would be able to describe from personal experience how changes are affecting this model, and how they envision their business progressing, maybe some challenges they face.

    • Understand definitions and new directions in regards to different models of PM&R practices.
    • Understand how this is applicable to the future practice of physiatry and medicine and the directions various types of practices are heading in.
    • Define and understand different payment programs, their structure, and how they might be changing.

Friday, October 13

  • 703. A PM&R Educator’s Toolbox: Hi-Tech and Low-Tech Strategies to Cultivate Learner Engagement, Educator Growth, and Collaborative Learning Communities
    10 am-11:15 am
    Chloe S. Slocum, MD, FAAPMR (Session Director); Jayne Donovan, MD; Christina Jenner, MD; Michelle LaLonde, MD; Stephanie Tow, MD; Stephanie P. Van, MD
    • Contrast the benefits and challenges of hi-tech and low-tech teaching tools and techniques and describe several methods for promoting audience engagement and assessing learner knowledge.
    • Identify 2-3 new teaching techniques or tools that you find interesting and would be able to trial in the next month with learners in a clinical or didactic setting.
    • Explain 1-2 strategies for collaborating to develop or enrich a PM&R learning community within or across institutions.
    • Describe how audience response technology may help gather feedback and data for future educational planning and initiatives.
  • 704. MSK Ultrasound and Spasticity Management
    2 pm-3:15 pm
    Rebecca Dutton, MD, FAAPMR; Meilani H. Mapa, MD, FAAPMR (Session Directors); Janice M. Cohen, MD, FAAPMR

    This session will discuss ultrasound-guided spasticity management practice and the clinical indications. Faculty experts will identify the anatomy knowledge base in relation to localization and injection practice.
    • Review anatomy and needle placement.
    • Discuss principles of ultrasound-guided injections.
    • Describe indications and contraindications of spasticity management.
    • Develop an increased comfort level in performing ultrasound-guided injections.
  • 705. AAPM&R Resident Quiz Bowl - in the Learning Center!
    4 pm-5:30 pm
    Christina R. Klein, MD (Session Director and Moderator)
    Join us for the second annual Resident Quiz Bowl. This year, we’re bringing the fun to the Learning Center floor where PM&R residents from across the country can compete for fun and test their physiatry knowledge. Sign up your team here.
  • Residents’ Reception
    5:30 pm-6:30 pm
    This exclusive event gives residents the opportunity to network during a casual reception. Annual Assembly resident registration fees include admittance to this reception (Name badges must be worn to enter—residents only).

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Saturday, October 14 

  • 706. Fellowship Round Table: How to Land the Fellowship You Want
    8 am-9:15 am
    Kelly Crawford, MD (Session Director);  Arthur J. DeLuigi, DO, FAAPMR; Rochelle T. Dy, MD, FAAPMR; Justin T. Hata, MD, FAAPMR; William M. Scelza, MD, FAAPMR; Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, FAAPMR
    • Discuss different fellowship options and the individual requirements.
    • Connect prospective fellows directly with current/recent fellows to ensure pertinent flow of knowledge as it relates to the current environment.
    • Enhance resident awareness and preparedness in the fellowship application process including application requirements, deadlines, and tips to best position oneself for a successful match.
  • 707. It's Real Life Now: Surviving A Code (MACRA, Coding and Billing)
    10 am-11:15 am
    Mark E. Huang, MD, FAAPMR; Scott R. Laker, MD, FAAPMR (Session Directors)
    • Define criteria for category 1-5 billing in outpatient/inpatient setting.
    • Define MIPS/APM in relation to case based encounters.
    • Discuss the long-term implications of clinical practice models.
  • Resident Town Hall Meeting
    4 pm–5 pm
    All AAPM&R resident members are invited and encouraged to attend this annual event. As the largest gathering of PM&R residents in the country, the Annual Assembly offers a unique opportunity for resident members to meet and share experiences. This town hall meeting will be moderated by the Physiatrist in Training (PHiT) Council Board.

  • Chief Residents’ Meeting
    5 pm–6:30 pm
    Are you curious to learn how other chief residents operate their PM&R residency programs? Do you need to create a network of peers to find new and innovative programs and solutions? Then this session is perfect for you! Hear chief residents share best practices, learn the “ins and outs” of PM&R residency operations, and participate in an interactive dialogue. This is great opportunity to build your network of lifelong colleagues.


*Faculty and content subject to change.