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Department Chairs Summit

Advancing Your Mission in the New COVID-19 Environment

October 3, 2020

Summit Directors

Steven Flanagan, MD, FAAPMR, New York University Langone Health, Rusk Rehabilitation, New York, NY
Rita Hamilton, DO, FAAPMR, Baylor Scott & White Rehab Institute for Rehabilitation, Dallas, TX


PM&R Department Chairs are a unique group of leaders in physiatry navigating a rapidly evolving and increasingly complex environment, and this has only become more true with the COVID-19 pandemic.  This virtual, invite-only summit is intended to provide a private, collegial venue for this group to gather and discuss the challenges they are facing, as well as share strategies to address those challenges. 

The 2020 summit will focus on the challenges faced by department chairs to advance their mission and protect their staff within their systems and the current environment.  The highly interactive format will include a mix of outside speakers, panel presentations, and small- and large- group discussions to explore the difficult and complex issues this group faces.

This is an opportunity to take some time with your fellow department chairs to discuss the difficult challenges you face and come away with practical, concrete ideas that you can apply to your job immediately.  An executive summary of themes and strategies will be provided to attendees following the summit.  This activity has been approved for up to 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Target Audience

This summit is an invite-only event for PM&R department chairs and/or their equivalent PM&R division chiefs that report up through another department. 


At the conclusion of this summit, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss trends and challenges presented by the new COVID-19 environment, and discuss the real and potential impact on their ability to run their PM&R Department.
  • Implement new approaches to working with the C-Suite to balance mission with system-wide public health and financial priorities.
  • Identify opportunities for promoting PM&R and advancing your mission in the COVID-19 environment.
  • Integrate new strategies for incentivizing, rewarding, recruiting, and retaining staff, as well as promoting faculty wellness in these challenging times.


This is an invite-only event. The registration fee is $100 for all attendees. To register, please visit this page.



Saturday, October 3

9:30 am - 9:45 am CT
  Welcome and Introductions 
9:45 am - 11 am CT
  Keynote Speaker: Financial Trends and Challenges in the World of
    COVID-19—Impact on Practice and Patient Care
    Janis Orlowski, MD, MACP
    Chief Health Care Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges
    This presentation will address big picture trends and expectations related
    to the financial landscape of academic medical centers in the COVID-19 era.
    Following the keynote speaker, attendees will be invited to participate in a
    moderated group discussion of the pressures and realities that they are
11 am - 11:30 am CT
11:30 am - 12:45 pm 
  Working with Your C-Suite to Prioritize and Define Value: A Panel's
    Perspective in the Era of COVID
    -Andrew Brotman, MD
     Executive Vice President and Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs and Strategy,
     Chief Clinical Officer, NYU Langone Health, New York
    -Scott Peek, Senior Vice President of Joint Ventures
     Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas
    Panelists representing the C-Suite level within an Academic Medical Center
    will provide their perspective on how they define value in the current health
    care environment and factors they consider when determining priorities. This
    will be followed by an interactive discussion with participants on how
    Department Chairs and the C-Suite can effectively collaborate to meet their
    mission in the time of COVID-19.
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm CT
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm CT
  Breakout Discussion Part 1: COVID-19 Challenges and Opportunities
    Can We Make Lemonade from Lemons?
    COVID-19 has been a significant disruptor in the health care system.
    While the challenges are readily apparent, there may also be opportunities.
    Attendees will break into virtual breakout sessions around a series of
    discussion questions aimed at identifying new opportunities in this
    new world.
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm CT
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm CT
  Breakout Discussion Part 2: Recruiting, Rewarding, and Retaining
    More than ever, it can be a challenge to recruit, reward, and retain staff, as
    well as optimize clinician wellness and reduce burnout. All attendees will be
    invited to share, in small breakout discussions, specific practices that have
    been effective (or ineffective) in managing and maintaining their staff's well-
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm CT
  Wrap-Up and Next Steps
4:15 pm CT