Annual Assembly

Understanding PM&R: A Medical Student’s Guide to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Saturday, November 1612194A-3325
7:30 am-4 pm

Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Learn all about the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and why this multi-disciplinary specialty is right for you! Medical students who attend this program will hear from practicing physiatrists about the diversity of practice environments within the specialty including the clinical, lifestyle, and socioeconomic aspects. Included in this 1-day event is the Residency Fair where medical students can meet with representatives from 30+ PM&R programs who will provide information about their respective programs and what they are looking for in applicants. 

Why is this important to medical students?

  • Learn and understand the specialty.
  • Opportunity to meet with several programs in one location.
  • Network with peers and attendings.

"As a medical student interested in PM&R, the medical student program and residency fair were wonderful opportunities to learn from residents."—Past Attendee


Grand Hyatt, Lone Star Ballroom DEF, 2nd Floor; 7:30 am-10 am12194A-3393

  • Morning lectures with light refreshments.
    • Chairman’s Lecture—David J. Kennedy, MD, FAAPMR
    • PM&R Specialty Lecture—Maureen R. Nelson, MD, FAAPMR
  • Resident Panel—Hear from current PM&R residents about what the experience is like. There will be time for questions.
  • Justin M. Bishop, MD, MBA, MS (current PGY-4), Panel Moderator
    Residency: Baylor University Medical Center
  • Joseph M. Benert, MD (current PGY-2)

    Residency: University of Minnesota

  • Kelli N. Chaviano, DO (Fellowship)

    Fellowship: University of Texas - Southwestern

  • Benjamin S. Sirutis, MD (current PGY-3)

    Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

  • Sharlene S. Su, MD (current PGY-4)

    Residency: Stanford University

  • Nathaniel V. Zuziak, DO (Post Graduate)
    Graduated: Mercy Medical Center

Grand Hyatt, Lone Star Ballroom BD, 2nd Floor; 10:15 am-12 pm

  • Demonstrations of Procedures Used in PM&R Practices
    • EMG/NCV—Lisa U. Pascual, MD, FAAPMR
    • Spinal Injections—Martin P. Lanoff, MD, FAAPMR
    • Prosthetics and Orthotics—Joseph E. Burris, MD, FAAPMR
    • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound—Christopher J. Wolf, DO, FAAPMR

San Antonio Convention Center; 12 pm-2 pm12194A-3438

  • Plenary Session/Lunch/Explore Annual Assembly

Grand Hyatt, Texas Ballroom AB, 4th Floor; 2 pm-4 pm

  • Residency Fair—Meet with representatives from 30+ PM&R residency programs across the country.

How to Register:

  • Registration for this program is free to all medical student members of AAPM&R. 
  • Not an AAPM&R member? Download a membership application here.
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • CME credits are not available.
  • For a fee, medical students have the option to register for this program and to attend courses and events at the Annual Assembly and the PM&R Pavilion.

Residency Fair

Saturday, November 16 | 2 pm-4 pm12194A-3793

Program Directors: Participate in this year’s PM&R Residency Fair

The Residency Fair, held during the Medical Student Program, allows for face-to-face time between program directors and medical students who are interested in PM&R. It introduces medical students to the specialty and what it means to be a physiatrist, plus the fair is a great opportunity to promote your program.

AAPM&R has presented this free program for medical students at the Annual Assembly for the past 1012194A-3849 years, representing PM&R residencies from all across the country. Last year, more than 350 medical students attended, providing extremely positive feedback on the program. 

Fill out this form if you would like your program to participate in the Residency Fair.

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