Medical Student Program

Annual Assembly

This year, our Medical Student Program will be held virtually on Thursday, August 12 from 5-8 pm (CT). During this virtual program, you'll explore the growing field of physiatry and decide if our specialty is right for you.

Last year, more than 400 medical students attended our virtual didactic program and provided very positive feedback. Plan to join us! Registration is FREE to all medical students who are AAPM&R members.

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

Program Chairs

  • Brian C. Liem, MD, FAAPMR, University of Washington
  • Adele Meron, MD, FAAPMR, University of Colorado
The medical student program is intended to provide medical students exploring a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) an introduction to the specialty, the type of patients they will care for, and the procedures they may become skilled at. They will have the opportunity to hear from leaders in the field and from current residents why they have chosen an exciting career in physiatry.

Virtual Agenda for Thursday, August 12

  • 5-5:30 pm (CT): Welcome and Introduction, History of PM&R
    • Brian C. Liem, MD, FAAPMR and Adele Meron, MD, FAAPMR
  • 5:30-6 pm (CT): Specialty Lecture
    • Donna S. Huang, MD, FAAPMR, Baylor College of Medicine     
  • 6-7 pm (CT): Resident and Fellow Panel
    • Scott E. Klass, MD, MS, ATC, (Fellow), Panel Moderator
      New York Presbyterian Hospital
    • Andrew S. Alexander, MD (PGY-2)
      Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science (Rochester) PM&R Program
    • Alexandra M. Fry, MD (PGY-2)           
      Beaumont Health (Taylor) PM&R Program
    • Donald Kasitinon, MD (Fellow)
      Stanford University Sports Medicine Fellowship
    • Robin Mata (PGY-1)
      Nova Southeastern University Dr Kiran C Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
    • Christian W. Roehmer, MD (PGY-3)
      Vanderbilt University Medical Center PM&R Program
  • 7-8 pm (CT): Demonstrations of Procedures Used in PM&R Practices
    • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound—Christopher W. McMullen, MD, FAAPMR, University of Washington
    • Spinal Injections—Aaron J. Yang, MD, FAAPMR, Vanderbilt University

Virtual PM&R Residency Fair

  • Tuesday, August 17 from 5-8 pm (CT)
  • Thursday, August 19 from 5-8 pm (CT)

Medical students will be able to register to attend one or both dates (whichever is most convenient for you), browse participating programs and book meetings with representatives ahead of time.


"As a medical student interested in PM&R, the Medical Student Program and Residency Fair were wonderful opportunities to learn from residents."—Past Attendee

Solidifying your Decision: A Medical Student’s Guide to Entering a Career in PM&R at #AAPMR21

If you can join us in Nashville, attend an additional session crafted for medical students who have chosen to go into PM&R!

Friday, November 12 from 8-10 am (CT)

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Department Chair Lecture
  • Program Director Lecture and Panel Discussion
  • Resident and Medical Student Small Group Discussions
    • Work-Life Balance
    • Choosing a Fellowship or a Job
    • Resident Life

*Subject to change