AAPM&R National Grand Rounds Series


AAPM&R recently launched a free webinar series, National Grand Rounds, to connect 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

Exploring Function Like a PRO: A Multicenter Collaborative for Cancer Rehabilitation

Wednesday, May 12 at 7 pm (CT)


  • Theresa A. Gillis, MD, FAAPMR
  • Sean R. Smith, MD, FAAPMR

Register today to join us for an engaging presentation by Sean Smith, MD, FAAPMR, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Michigan, discussing a team effort across multiple programs to develop a patient-reported functional assessment.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize topics of broad or in-depth focus that physiatrists of all specializations need to apply to their practice.
  • Discuss the latest evidence, research and best practices within the physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) field.
  • Define and use current techniques, procedures and research to improve physician practice and quality of patient care.

Past National Grand Rounds

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

  • 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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