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

AAPM&R National Grand Rounds: Career Diversification: 3 Ways to Diversify your Career

Wednesday, February 8 from 7-8 pm (CT)

Physiatrists who want to augment their current practice or continue to use their medical knowledge to work in a professional setting outside of patient care have a variety of options. During this National Grand Round, world-renowned physiatrists will introduce participants to the broad range of alternative career paths available to physiatrists interested in changing their career direction and/or simply diversifying their practice. They will provide a high-level overview of non-clinical opportunities that will help you identify what options will work best for your personal interests and needs. By attending this session, you will be better prepared and equipped to make decisions regarding alternative career opportunities that are best suited for you, by expanding your awareness and talking with experts of nonclinical career options.

 Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the various alternative career opportunities available to them in order to augment their current practice or change their professional setting all together.
  • Identify areas of interest outside their clinical settings and link them to potential career opportunities
  • Compare and evaluate their current career path against alternative paths to design a path that is specific to their needs and goals.


Elizabeth Varghese-Kroll, MD
Jonathan H. Whiteson, MD
Kerrie M. Reed, MD

2023 national grand rounds calendar

Past National Grand Rounds

You can find recordings of past National Grand Rounds presentations on our Online Learning Portal.

Not Your Usual Communication Talk: Key Skills for Difficult Discussions - June 8, 2022

  • We've all heard talks about communication that focus on listening skills and using simple language.  While those are important, they simply are not enough when you are breaking bad news, or dealing with anger.   What are the key unifying skills for dealing with difficult communication situations?  In this presentation, we touched on the basics of all effective communications, but more importantly, we focused on those rarely discussed skills that facilitate meaningful dialogue when the stakes are high. This presentation was led by Geri Amori, PhD, ARM, DFASHRM, CPHRM. Dr. Amori is experienced in Risk Management, the effect of communication on the outcome of claims and suits, as well as being experienced educator in the field of Risk Management.

No Surprises Act: Three Things You Need to Know Now about Surprise Billing - May 11, 2022

  • To address years of concern over “surprise billing,” Congress enacted new balance billing patient protections under the No Surprises Act. In addition to the patient protections, the law placed new obligations on providers and hospitals (as well as health plans). To help you navigate the new requirements, we invite you view this recorded presentation to learn more about what you are required to provide patients in the way of patient disclosures, when patients can consent to waive their balance billing protections and what role the physiatrist plays in providing a related notice, and when you are required to provide a good faith estimate to a patient. This presentation was led by Robert S. Jasak, J.D. and Cindy H. Moon, MPP, MPH of Hart Health Strategies, Inc.

Lifestyle Medicine - April 13, 2022

  • During this NGR, Dr. Heidi Prather will introduce you to the formal definition of lifestyle medicine and how it can be used to simultaneously treat musculoskeletal health and common metabolic diseases. Dr. Prather will discuss the evidence behind lifestyle medicine, how to identify patients who are ready to engage with this type of approach, and how to prove the value of this model.

Arts and Medicine - March 9, 2022

  • This presentation, led by Dr. Jason S. Bitterman, will introduce you to narrative medicine and “Graphic Medicine,” a new arts movement in which healthcare providers and patients use visual arts and comics to express and share their experiences. A large portion of this presentation is interactive, as participants are guided through different “Graphic Medicine” exercises. You will learn how to take advantage of many aspects of visual arts and cartooning, including light and shadow, different art styles, color, and humor. The skills taught in this presentation can then be applied to medical education (as some trainees may enjoy processing their experiences through art), to patient care (as there is a growing number of published “Graphic Medicine” books and websites related to different disorders, which may be shared with patients looking to read about others’ experiences) and personally (as some attendees may continue to create art to reflect on their experiences).

Leading without Borders: A Conversation on Ageism - December 8, 2021

  • 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.

Addressing Violence Towards Physicians Treating Chronic Pain - October 13, 2021

  • 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 highest in the context of opioid management and disability. This session, led by faculty member David D. Kim, MD, FAAPMR, provided participants with strategies for managing and predicting violence, which included recognizing warning signs that a patient may be dangerous, and practical safeguards and strategies for protecting patients, staff and self.

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 including how physicians think about disability: care vs. cure philosophies, conceptual models of disability and implications for health outcomes; physician's role in defining quality of life, disability and function; and 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.
How Dr. Finnoff Became Chief Medical Officer for Team USA - December 9, 2020
  • Jonathan Finnoff, DO, FAAPMR discusses his path to becoming Chief Medical Officer for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).
The Importance of Mentorship - October 14, 2020
  • Michael W. O'Dell, MD, FAAPMR, recounts his experiences as both mentee and mentor. His mentees also weighed in on the value mentorship has brought to their careers.
Getting into Good Trouble: Why Advocacy Should Be a Core Competency - September 16, 2020
  • Michelle S. Gittler, MD, FAAPMR talks about a physician’s role in advocacy, how to differentiate advocacy and agency from activism, and why it’s important for advocacy training to become more prominent in training future physicians.

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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