AAPM&R National Grand Rounds Series


AAPM&R's free webinar series, National Grand Rounds, connects physiatrists of all specializations, from across the country, for stimulating discourse on topics that represent the intellectual, practical and/or spiritual aspects of the specialty. Under the direction of the Medical Education Committee, this monthly forum will include the presentation of a topic of broad or in-depth focus that serves to bring together physiatrists via a virtual platform.

Examples of topics include telehealth and the evolution of patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of mentorship, how much physiatrists have to offer to cancer patients and survivors and much more.

Upcoming National Grand Rounds

Addressing Violence Towards Physicians Treating Chronic Pain

Wednesday, October 13 at 7 pm (CT)

According to the United States (US) Bureau of Labor Statistics violence toward health care workers occurred at a higher rate than any other industry. The National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) reported that the majority of the nonfatal assaults occurred in the service (64%) and retail (21%) sectors. Distribution of assaults in the service sector by industry was as follows: 27% in nursing homes, 13% in social services, and 11% in hospitals. This made healthcare workers, the highest percentage recipients of nonfatal violence. Patients were responsible for the highest percentage of nonfatal workplace assaults at 45%. Unlike nonfatal assaults, workplace homicides occurred most frequently in the retail sector at 38% with services sector at 17%. Among health care workers, physicians were victims of violence at high rates as demonstrated in multiple studies in both the United States and throughout the world

Those who care for chronic pain patients are at high risk for violence although it may be less than other higher risk specialties such as EM, FP, and psychiatry. Patient risk factors for violence appeared to highest in the context of opioid management and disability. Risk mitigation techniques appeared to vary with patient discharge being most common, but a significant number of physicians have felt threatened enough to carry firearms or close their practice. This session is to provide participants with strategies for managing and predicting violence, which includes recognizing warning signs that a patient may be dangerous and practical safeguards and strategies for protecting your patients, staff, and self. Register today! 


  • David D. Kim, MD, PM&R, Henry Ford Health System
  • Sarah R. Money, MD, PM&R, Henry Ford Health System
  • Joseph W. Crow, MD, Family Medicine, Henry Ford Health System
  • Jonathan M. Glauser, MD - Emergency Medicine, MetroHealth

Leading without Borders: A Conversation on Ageism

Wednesday, December 8 at 7 pm (CT)

Ageism is defined as prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age. Ageist stereotypes leave many thinking that certain individuals are not ready to lead. During this session, we will examine how ageism impacts physicians ability to engage in opportunities to lead at every career level. You will hear from physiatric leaders from across all career stages on how ageism impacted their career journeys and opportunities to lead in their communities and the specialty as a whole. You will gain strategies to overcome ageism as you examine future leadership opportunities. Register today! 


    Introductory Remarks:
    Carla Watson, MD, Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

    Kristi L. Kirschner MD, FAAPMR – University of Illinois College of Medicine

    John L. Melvin, MD
    Deborah A. Venesy, MD
    Scott E. Klass, MD, MS, ATC

Past National Grand Rounds

You can find recordings of past National Grand Rounds presentations on our Online Learning Portal, formerly known as mē®.


  • Teach Everywhere: Changing the Teaching Paradigm - July 14, 2021
    • The COVID pandemic spurred the development and expansion of remote teaching, which has revolutionized access to educational material. Faculty, led by Heakyung Kim, MD, FAAPMR and Kentaro Onishi, DO, FAAPMR, reviewed the need for remote teaching, how to set up the optimal teaching space, and how to best utilize YouTube and Zoom for remote teaching, both live and pre-recorded.
  • The Future is Now, PM&R’s Role with Combating Long COVID - June 9, 2021
    • Leading experts, including Benjamin A. Abramoff, MD, FAAPMR, Co-Chair of AAPM&R's Multidisciplinary PASC Collaborative, discussed PM&R's role in combating Long COVID. Physiatrists are uniquely qualified to help uide the multidisciplary effort required to develop a comprehensive national plan for this crisis.
  • Exploring Function Like a PRO: A Multicenter Collaborative for Cancer Rehabilitation - May 12, 2021
    •  Theresa A. Gillis, MD, FAAPMR and Sean Smith, MD, FAAPMR, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Michigan, discussed a team effort across multiple programs to develop a patient-reported functional assessment.
  • Disability in Medical Education: Key Conversations on Inclusion and Intersectionality - April 14, 2021
    • Faculty, led by Priya Chandan, MD, PhD, MPH, and guests from several fields of medicine discussed several critical topics in medical education about disability:
      • How physicians think about disability: Care vs. cure philosophies, conceptual models of disability, and implications for health outcomes
      • Physicians’ role in defining quality of life, disability, and function
      • Ableism at multiple levels of influence: How physicians contribute to the problem and how they can be a part of the solution
  • Fibromyalgia: Treating Pain Based on the Underlying Mechanism - March 10, 2021
    • Daniel J. Clauw, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology) and Psychiatry, and Director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at the University of Michigan, presents an overview of fibromyalgia and chronic pain and discusses the rationale behind a variety of current research studies into the possible causes of fibromyalgia.
  • Ambulatory Rehab of Patients with COVID-19 - February 3, 2021
    • The esteemed authors of PM&R Journal article, Ambulatory Rehabilitation of Patients Hospitalized with SARS CoV-2 Infections: Early Pandemic Experience in New York City and Boston, describe the experience of developing two physiatry-led telemedicine post-COVID-19 clinics in the early months of the pandemic.

These presentations are included in our Online Education Subscription, which offers you 24/7 access to online educational resources through the end of your membership cycle, such as:

  • Instructional videos
  • Podcasts
  • Case studies
  • Focused review courses
  • Webinar recordings
  • And more!
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We hope you will join us for these thought-provoking sessions, as we advance the specialty together.

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