Annual Assembly


Learning Collaboratives

A BOLD New Vision for Physiatry Defined by YOU! 

In 2017, your Academy adopted a new vision statement, which is also the specialty’s vision, by incorporating the input of thousands of physiatrists through the Visioning PM&R BOLD initiative. AAPM&R will ensure that:

Physiatrists are the essential medical experts in value-based evaluation, diagnosis, and management of neuromusculoskeletal and disabling conditions.

Physiatrists are indispensable leaders in directing rehabilitation and recovery, and in preventing injury and disease.

Physiatrists are vital in optimizing outcomes and function early and throughout the continuum of patient care.

We have ONE vision, but it will play out in many ways across different practice areas including Musculoskeletal Care, Acute/Post-Acute Care, Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. This is why the Academy is committed to bringing physiatrists together to:

  • Lead together
  • Learn from one another
  • Engage in critical conversations
  • Highlight emerging best practices
  • Identify and address the barriers as well as the opportunities ahead of us

Because we are stronger together.

Learn More and Get Involved at #AAPMR2019

Attend the Advancing Physiatry’s Future: PM&R BOLD Informational Session on Thursday, November 14 from 2 pm-3:15 pm to learn more about the vision, the envisioned futures for practice areas, and the work being done to address barriers for physiatry.

  • Do you want to explore what the vision looks like in practice areas including Musculoskeletal Care, Acute/Post-Acute Care, Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine, and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine?
  • Do you want to know more about the steps we’re taking to address necessary GME changes?
  • Do you want to know what’s being done to ensure key stakeholders understand the value of physiatrists?

These are examples of the key issues the Academy is tackling on behalf of all physiatrists to fulfill the vision. Join us in San Antonio to learn more.

Attend 1 of 4 PM&R BOLD Learning Collaboratives. These 3-hour sessions are meant to dive deep and center around dialogue with your peers. We’ll be tackling tough issues and learning more about changes in health care and the effects on the specialty.

Topics may include training and core service discussions, conversations around how we can position physiatry well with other specialties and systems, how we utilize technology to advance and practice and how co-management models can help extend the influence of PM&R across many settings. 

Advancing Physiatry’s Future: Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Learning Collaborative

Thursday, November 14 | 2 pm-5 pm

In this special 3-hour session, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) physicians will review workforce issues including those that potentially act as a possible barrier to attracting and training more PRM specialists. We’ll begin by discussing the landscape of training requirements and their potential direct and indirect impacts on the field to illuminate possible next steps. Further, how can we tackle this barrier of a smaller workforce that needs to increase? What role can telemedicine play in expanding our workforce? This is a critical conversation for the future of PRM; so, make sure you are part of it!  

Advancing Physiatry’s Future: Rehabilitation Care Continuum Learning Collaborative

Friday, November 15 | 8 am-11 am

Changes are happening in health care; we know that, and we feel it as we practice every day. As we expand into different settings across the rehabilitation care continuum and treat different patients, the physiatrist should be the quarterback, but who are our key teammates to ensure maximal patient outcome while managing the utilization of resources? Get the system perspective as we invite outside experts into this discussion. Then, work with your peers to share examples of successful co-management models. Join this 3-hour discussion as we focus on these critical conversations.  

Advancing Physiatry’s Future: Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine Learning Collaborative

Friday, November 15 | 2 pm-5 pm

Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine (CRM) is a relatively new focus area for PM&R. While we know the physiatrist provides immense value to the oncological care team, if you asked 5 different oncologists what a CRM physiatrist does, you’ll likely get 5 different answers. It’s time to gather input and define the core services and commonalities across all CRM specialists. Lend your input as we work to define the future of cancer rehabilitation medicine.

Advancing Physiatry’s Future: Musculoskeletal Medicine Learning Collaborative

Saturday, November 16 | 2 pm-5 pm

Through physiatrist input, we heard that increased alignment with Primary Care is a huge opportunity for MSK physiatrists to provide appropriate care earlier in the patient’s care continuum. In order to best align with Primary Care, we need to engage in dialogues to understand how they are positioning themselves in the new health care landscape. To jump-start the conversation, we’re bringing in a speaker to discuss the future of Primary Care with an emphasis on medical home neighborhoods and other models. Consider this 3-hour Learning Collaborative part dialogue, part working session, and all crucial to your success as a front-line partner for musculoskeletal care. 


More information about PM&R BOLD and opportunities to get involved can be found here.