Health & Safety at AAPM&R's 2021 Annual Assembly in Nashville

Annual Assembly

The safety and comfort of our attendees, staff and local Nashville community remain our priority. As we approach the Annual Assembly, please know that your Academy is actively seeking guidance from local health officials and national mandates to implement appropriate COVID-19 safety measures in Nashville. This information is based on the best information available at this time and may change prior to the in-person even in Nashville.

At this time, there are no federal, state or city-mandated capacity limits or mask requirements in Nashville, the Convention Center or the hotels. In an effort to gauge the preferences of our members, we conducted a member survey with a significant response at a 95% confidence +/- 3%. Of our respondents, 82% of our members told us that they want some safety measures in place, but there was significant variation in what measures they would like implemented. Of those who want safety measures in place, 57% preferred a masking policy either for all or non-vaccinated attendees.  Based on a recent report from the American Medical Association, 96% of physicians are fully vaccinated.

Safety measures include:

Note: This safety information may continue to evolve leading up to the Annual Assembly.

  • Based on the current guidance, AAPM&R will follow CDC guidelines on masking. In-person attendees who are unvaccinated are requested to wear masks. Vaccinated attendees are welcome to wear masks, but they are optional.
  • Seating in session rooms, the Research Hub and in educational theaters in the PM&R Pavilion are being set to allow extra space and comfort for attendees.
  • Registration capacities have been reduced in Skills Labs and more distance has been provided between table stations.
  • Hands-on learning stations in the Learning Center have been modified into seated demonstration areas to eliminate the need to closely gather around tables.
  • Additional time has been added during transition breaks to allow for cleaning and sanitation between sessions.
  • The PM&R Pavilion has been redesigned to maximize spacing in aisles and throughout the hall.
  • Convention center staff will wear masks throughout the entire event, and we are working with all vendors on safety protocols.

The convention center, Music City Center, has been awarded the Global BioRisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR™ Facility Accreditation, and has made several, permanent updates to their facility for your safety, which include:

  • Significantly enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures, using CDC and GBAC best practices.
  • 121 new, strategically placed hand sanitizing stations.
  • Restroom lights, toilets, soap dispensers and paper towel dispensers are all touch free.
  • Elevator buttons and all ADA entry doors are all touch free.
Learn more about the Music City Center’s Health & Safety Guidelines. Visit and download the latest version of their Health and Safety Guidelines to learn more about the city’s policies.

Each official Annual Assembly hotel has their own comprehensive sanitation program and safety measures. Learn about each program to make the best-informed decision for your stay.

You Have the Option to Attend #AAPMR21 Virtually!

We understand that you may still be deciding how to participate in the Assembly this year and that every individual may have different circumstances, levels of comfort and opinions. We are pleased to offer a completely virtual experience, which allows attendees to participate from the comfort of their home or workplace.

Not sure what your comfort level is? Now through November 5, attendees will be able to switch their registration type and receive the same discounts as their original registration. Learn more.