Medical Student Program


This year, our Medical Student Program will be held virtually on Thursday, August 18 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 250 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. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from leaders in the field, and from current residents and those in fellowship about why they have chosen an exciting career in physiatry. 

Virtual Agenda for Thursday, August 18

  • 5-5:30 pm (CT): Welcome and Introduction, History of PM&R
  • 5:30-6 pm (CT): SCI Specialty Lecture  
  • 6-7 pm (CT): Resident and Fellow Panel
  • 7-8 pm (CT): Virtual Procedure Demonstrations

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

Virtual PM&R Residency Fair

In addition to the Medical Student Program, the Academy will be hosting the Virtual Residency Fair on Tuesday, August 23 from 5-8 pm (CT). The Residency Fair is part of AAPM&R’s annual “Understanding PM&R” Medical Student Program, allowing for face-to-face interaction between program directors (and/or representatives of each individual program) and medical students who are interested in PM&R. It introduces medical students to the specialty and what it means to be a physiatrist. More Information To Come!