Annual Assembly




In-Training & Early-Career Physiatrists—Invest in Your Future


Be part of the largest gathering of PM&R residents!

In training/early-career education and activities will take place throughout the Annual Assembly for a complete event experience.



Plus, we're celebrating 30 years of resident engagement in the Academy! 

We need your photos ASAP! This year marks a very special anniversary for the AAPM&R Physicians in Training Council! Celebrating 30 years of resident education and leadership through innovation, success and engagement, we are excited to share stories and pictures from members, recounting their experiences with AAPM&R and its impact on their education and career. We are asking residents to submit pictures of you engaging with each other and the Academy. Have any photos from the Annual Assembly or another Academy event? Please send them to PHiTLiaison@aapmr.org. We’ll post them on our website and social medial channels!

NEW! Navigating Early-Career Decisions for Success in Physiatry Practice

Michele L. Arnold, MD, FAAPMR and Jeffrey S. Johns, MD, FAAPMR (Course Directors)
Wednesday, October 24
8 am-5 pm

Intended for physiatrists completing their training (PGY-3, PGY-4 and fellows) and physiatrists in the first 3 years post-training, the course is a roadmap to navigating the early years of establishing a successful physiatric career. The course will focus on building leadership skills in the workplace and within professional organizations, getting started with licensure and MOC®, practice improvement, and non-clinical career opportunities. 

Networking Opportunities

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

  • AAPM&R Job and Fellowship Fair (for all attendees)—Wednesday, October 24: 6:30 pm-9 pm
  • Resident Quiz BowlFriday, October 26: 3:45 pm-5 pm
  • In-Training ReceptionFriday, October 26: 5 pm-6 pm
  • President's ReceptionFriday, October 26: 7 pm-11 pm SOLD OUT!
  • Resident Bootcamp (registration required)—Saturday, October 27: 8 am-11 am
  • In-Training Town Hall MeetingSaturday, October 27: 4 pm-5 pm
  • Chief Residents’ MeetingSaturday, October 27: 5 pm-6:30 pm

12068A-1247Career Corner Booth #1001

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 toenhance your CV and leadership skills. You will also be able to meet with representatives who will offer career advice.


NEW! Resident Bootcamp

Complimentary for residents and those in fellowship, but you must register!

Saturday, October 27, 2018
8 am-11 am
Marc P. Gruner, DO, MBA, RMSK and Stephanie Tow, MD (Session Directors)

The Resident Bootcamp is a 3-hour workshop that will be held for residents to review various clinical topics that the AAPM&R Physiatrist in Training (PHiT) Council Board have identified as areas of variable exposure in residency programs. Each of the topics will be reviewed by faculty who are viewed nationally as clinical experts in that clinical area. This will have a 40-minute rotating station format, with a break between each station. Residents/fellows will be split up into 4 groups and will rotate through each station, gaining hands-on experience with each of the topics.

Clinical topics include:

  • Ultrasound of lower extremity peripheral nerves
  • Chemodenervation dosing and differences between medications
  • Upper and lower extremity prosthetics and orthotics
  • Evidence-based physical exam maneuvers

Sign up for this fun experience when you register!

"Excellent program and I strongly encourage others to attend."—2017 Attendee


Friday, October 26

  • 701. Addressing Burnout in PM&R Trainees
    10 am-11:15 am
    Miguel X. Escalon, MD, MPH, FAAPMR (Session Director)

  • 702. Acronym Soup: Acronyms That Will Impact Your Practice
    2 pm-3:15 pm
    Vishwa S. Raj, MD, FAAPMR and Gregory M. Worsowicz, MD, MBA, FAAPMR (Session Directors)

  • 703. AAPM&R Resident Quiz Bowl12068A-2424
    3:45 pm-5 pm
    Rachael N. Brashears, DO, MBA (Moderator)
    We’re bringing the fun to the Learning Center floor where PM&R residents from across the country can compete for bragging rights and test their physiatry knowledge. 

    Team registration is now open! Register your teams and prep yourself for an exciting competition!

  • In-Training Reception
    5 pm-6 pm
    This exclusive event gives physiatrists in-training the opportunity to network in a casual, social setting. Resident registration fees include admittance to this reception (Name badges must be worn to enter—residents and associate fellows only).
    Sponsored by: treloarheisel

Saturday, October 27

  • 818. Resident Bootcamp
    8 am-11 am
    Marc P. Gruner, DO, MBA, RMSK and Stephanie Tow, MD (Session Directors)
  • 704. Unbiased Physiatric Finances: The Full Spectrum of Handling Finances During Practice
    8 am-9:15 am
    Matthew J. McLaughlin, MD, MS, FAAPMR (Session Director) 
  • 705. What Are You Looking For...Besides a Job?
    10 am-11:15 am
    Jim Daley, MD, FAAPMR (Session Director)

  • In-Training Town Hall Meeting12068A-3219
    4 pm–5 pm
    All resident members are encouraged to attend this annual event, moderated by the Physiatrists in Training (PHiT) Council. Connect with other residents and share your unique PM&R experiences.
  • Chief Residents’ Meeting
    5 pm–6:30 pm
    Hear chief residents share best practices, learn the “ins and outs” of PM&R residency operations, and participate in an interactive dialogue. This is another great opportunity to build your network of lifelong colleagues.

Sunday, October 28

  • 706. Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
    8:30 am-9:45 am
    Julian Willoughby, MD, FAAPMR (Session Director)

*Faculty and content subject to change.