AAPM&R Resident Retreat: Learn and Connect

May 18-19, 2024 in Oak Brook, IL





This event has concluded for 2024. Thank you to our faculty and attendees for your participation!


Course Directors

Aaron Yang

Aaron Yang, MD, FAAPMR

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

McCasey Smith

McCasey Smith, MD, FAAPMR

University of Kansas,
Kansas City, KS

Dr. Venesy

Deborah Venesy, MD, FAAPMR

Cleveland Clinic,
Cleveland, OH


This in-person interactive event will offer PGY2 residents a unique opportunity to explore the breadth of PM&R through hands-on training, interactive case studies, and small group discussions with national leaders and mentors across the specialty. With an emphasis on experiential learning (not lectures), this course will delve into a variety of topics that most residents get exposed to following their PGY-2 year including sports medicine, electrodiagnostics, interventional pain and spine, inpatient consults, prosthetics and orthotics, pediatric rehabilitation, cancer rehabilitation, and procedures in ultrasound and spasticity.

This weekend event will offer attendees an opportunity to connect with colleagues and mentors from across the country and learn about AAPM&R and how the Academy can support you in your career.

Who Can Attend?

Only residents in their PGY2 year are eligible for this program.  There is no registration fee, and a travel stipend of $500 will be offered to attendees.  All meals are included on Saturday (including dinner) as well as breakfast on Sunday morning.  The stipend will be paid after the conclusion of the course.

This is a pilot program, and as such space will be limited. To help the Academy ensure that the course is as inclusive as possible, all interested PGY2s are asked to complete a brief application and submit a CV. The Academy is striving to have attendees who represent diverse institutions and backgrounds. It is the Academy’s hope that in the future this course will be open to all PGY2s who want to attend.

Applicants must be members of AAPM&R to be considered. If you are not currently a member, your application will not be reviewed until a membership application is received.

Agenda (Subject to Change)


7–8 am: Breakfast

8–8:20 am: Welcome and Introductions

8:20–9:00 am: Cases on a Rehabilitation Consult Service

9:00–9:45 am: Prosthetics & Orthotics (P&O)

Commonly used prosthetics and orthoses will be demonstrated and discussed in a case-based format.

9:45–11:50 am: Procedures in PM&RUltrasound and Spasticity

The group will break into small groups, rotating through stations focused on demonstrating and practicing procedures and techniques in both ultrasound and spasticity.

11:50 am–12:45 pm: Lunch

12:45–1:30 pm: Pediatrics: Interactive Case Studies

Faculty will lead interactive discussions on cases in pediatric rehabilitation.

1:30–2:00 pm: Cancer Rehabilitation: Interactive Case Studies

Faculty will lead interactive discussions on cases in cancer rehabilitation.

2:00–2:10 pm: Break

2:10–4:00 pm: Sports Medicine

The group will split into smaller groups to practice common procedures in sideline medicine, including a sideline injury evaluation and concussion assessment, and talk through commonly encountered cases in sports medicine.

At the end of this session, the group will come together to discuss practical tips from the faculty for how PM&R physicians can set themselves up for success early in their career if pursuing sports medicine.                                           

4:00–5:00 pm: Volunteerism, the Academy and You: A Panel Discussion

Faculty will discuss their experiences as members and volunteers for the Academy, including how they became involved and the impact of their engagement on their careers.  

6:00–9:00pm: Casual Dinner and Games

Kick back with your colleagues for an evening of relaxed and casual fun.


7–8 am: Breakfast

8–9:30 am: Electrodiagnostics

This session will provide a brief overview of common conditions followed by hands-on demonstrations and practice conducting a patient workup.

9:30–9:45 am: Break

9:45–11:55 am: Interventional Pain and Spine

The group will split into smaller groups to explore imaging through friendly competition, as well as hands-on time with needles and injections.

11:55 am–12:00 pm: Wrap-up and Adjourn


The Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook Chicago is located outside Chicago, easily accessible from either O’Hare or Midway airports.  With its own Conference Center, the hotel resides on acres of forest preserve and sits waterside to a peaceful, scenic lake.  All events will be held at this location. The room rate is $164 per night (plus taxes).


Please do not book your hotel until the Academy has confirmed your participation in the course.

Application Process

Participation in the course is not guaranteed until you receive confirmation from the Academy. The timeline for the application process is as follows:

  • The application deadline is February 15th
  • Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of AAPM&R’s Medical Education Committee.
  • Invited applicants will be notified by March 8th.  
  • Invited applicants will be asked to confirm their participation no later than March 15th so that additional applicants may be invited if availability has changed.

The course will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. Attendees will be asked to arrive any time on Friday, May 17, and the course will conclude by 12:30 pm on Sunday. Dinner will be provided on Saturday evening.

Note: The $500 travel stipend will be paid following the conclusion of the course.


Looking for Sponsorship Opportunities?

AAPM&R is pleased to offer a variety of opportunities to support the Resident Retreat. Find out more about sponsorship opportunities here. Questions? Contact corporatesupport@aapmr.org.