Annual Assembly

The Physiatrist’s Role in Cancer Recovery: Helping Patients With Cancer-Distinct Impairments


Wednesday, October 11
8 am-5 pm

Course Directors: Jennifer A. Baima, MD, FAAPMR and Mary M. Vargo, MD, FAAPMR

Faculty: Andrea L. Cheville, MD, FAAPMR; Sara A. Christensen Holz, MD; Jack B. Fu, MD, FAAPMR; Nancy A. Hutchison, MD, FAAPMR; Ashish Khanna, MD; R. Samuel Mayer, MD, FAAPMR; Vishwa S. Raj, MD, FAAPMR​; Julie K. Silver, MD, FAAPMR; Michael D. Stubblefield, MD, FAAPMR; Mary M. Vargo, MD, FAAPMR; Eric M. Wisotzky, MD, FAAPMR; Rajesh Yadav, MD, FAAPMR

Cancer is a very prevalent condition with frequent disabling complications. This precourse will focus on the physiatrist’s pivotal role in cancer rehabilitation, employing an impairment focused framework, which facilitates the application of learning goals across a wide range of oncologic conditions, settings of care, and phases of disease.

While rehabilitation principles for individuals with cancer, including cancer survivors, fall solidly within the scope of usual PM&R practice, this precourse will emphasize the evaluation and management of clinical conditions that are most highly associated with cancer diagnoses, and those in which the oncology context highly informs PM&R evaluation and decision making, allowing attendees to deepen their ability and confidence in treating this population.



Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Evaluate and manage cancer patients based on their impairment(s), including musculoskeletal and soft tissue syndromes; neurological manifestations; cognitive, communication and psychological effects; and conditions affecting global physical performance.
  • Delineate the physiatrist’s important role in cancer rehabilitation service delivery, as distinct from, while working closely with, oncology personnel and other members of the rehabilitation team.
  • Learn strategies to strengthen the overall approach to providing cancer rehabilitation care, including communication techniques, dealing with medical complexity, prehabilitation, and emerging options for screening and surveillance of patients.

Who Should Attend?

Physiatrists and other health care professionals, including PM&R residents, fellows, medical students, rehabilitation therapists, nurses and oncology professionals.


The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Faculty and topics subject to change.