Navigating Early-Career Decisions for Success in Physiatry Practice Course

We're gathering residents and physiatrists 1-3 years post-residency in New York City for our most exclusive early-career opportunity: the Navigating Early-Career Decisions for Success in Physiatry Practice course.

Directed by leading physiatrists, this highly-acclaimed course—just $35 for AAPM&R members—provides a roadmap for establishing a successful physiatry career. Some of the most prominent names in physiatry will guide attendees through engaging presentations and panel discussions, covering a wide range of topics.



April 3-4, 2020


New York City, NY | New York University School of Medicine

Who Should Attend?

Intended for physiatrists completing their training (PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4, and fellows) and physiatrists within the first 3 years post-training.  

What's it About?

  • Outlining the pros and cons of different practice settings
  • Identifying non-clinical career opportunities
  • Building leadership skills within your workplace and professional organization
  • Navigating licensure and MOC® requirements
  • Knowing physician performance metrics and compensation strategies
  • Utilizing AAPM&R resources to assist your career development

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize advantages and disadvantages of various practice settings.
  • Identify leadership opportunities within the local practice/organization and within the greater medical community.
  • Analyze the various physician performance and compensation metrics.
  • Use AAPM&R resources for licensure, MOC, and practice performance.

Course Directors and Faculty


  • Anne F. Ambrose, MD, MS, FAAPMR from Montefiore Health System
  • Francis J. Lopez, MD, MPH, FAAPMR from New York University School of Medicine


  • Matthew Bartels, MD, MPH, FAAPMR from Montefiore Health System
  • Joseph Carfi, MD, FAAPMR from Physiatry Associates PC
  • George C. Christolias, MD, FAAPMR from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Sara Cuccurullo, MD, FAAPMR from JFK Medical Center PM&R Program
  • Rebecca Fishman, DO, FAAPMR from Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center PM&R Program
  • Steven Flanagan, MD, FAAPMR from New York University Langone Health
  • Joseph Herrera, DO, FAAPMR from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai PM&R Program
  • Heakyung Kim, MD, FAAPMR from Columbia University Medical Center
  • Susan Maltser, DO, FAAPMR from Northwell Health
  • Alex Moroz, MD, FAAPMR from NYU School of MedRusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Jaspal Singh, MD, FAAPMR from Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College and Graduate School of Cornell University
  • Adam Stein, MD, FAAPMR from Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health
  • Mark Thomas, MD, FAAPMR from Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine PM&R Program
  • Lyn Weiss, MD, FAAPMR from New York University Winthrop Hospital

Anne F. Ambrose, MD

"The goal of this course is to help attendees to make the transition from being a trainee to an independent physician smoother. Attendees will gain an understanding of the factors that they should consider when making early career decisions and learn skills in job negotiations and interviewing."—Anne F. Ambrose, MD, MS, FAAPMR, Course Director

Francis Lopez, MD, MPH

"In residency, practical aspects of our specialty and medicine in general are rarely taught.  After we graduate residency, we are expected to navigate our careers with little direction.  It is my hope that attendees learn important practical pearls to help them better maneuver their careers."—Francis Lopez, MD, MPH, FAAPMR, Course Director

Feedback from Past Attendees

“I thought the early-career course was excellent. I really enjoyed the day and I learned a lot that I will be applying in the near future.” – Past Attendee

“Anyone considering attending the course should absolutely attend. The networking with other early-career physiatrists, as well as with those running the course, is excellent. And all of the various things I learned throughout the day really reaches far beyond what I expected. I would even consider attending the course again.” – Past Attendee

“I thought the course was incredibly monumental to help advance my career.” – Past Attendee

“I definitely think this is a great course for the senior resident physicians and early career physicians who want a refresher in how to navigate their career or just helping senior residents understand how to plan their career in the next few years.” – Past Attendee

“I feel the early career decisions course was informative and would give all residents the basic foundation for future practice success.” – Past Attendee

“As a new attending building an outpatient general PM&R practice from the ground up, I could not have asked for a better experience.” – Past Attendee

“These are topics that are rarely covered by residency programs, so it’s a great resource for physiatrists who are early in their careers to get a 'lay of the land.'” – Past Attendee


Faculty and topics subject to change.

Through engaging presentations and panel discussions, the course will focus on:

  • Building leadership skills in the workplace and within professional organizations
  • Practice improvement
  • Non-clinical career opportunities
  • Practice setting advantages and disadvantages
  • Physician performance metrics and compensation strategies
  • Navigating credentialing requirements
  • AAPM&R resources to assist the early-career physiatrist

Friday, April 3


12 pm-1 pm


1 pm-1:15 pm Welcome, Introductions, and Overview
Anne Felicia Ambrose, MD, MS, MMC
Francis J. Lopez, MD, MPH, FAAPMR
1:15 pm-2:15 pm CV Preparation, Job Search, Interview Skills
Alex Moroz, MD, MHPE, FAAPMR

Small Group Facilitators:
Sara J. Cuccurullo, MD
Rebecca Fishman, DO, FAAPMR
Haekyung Kim, MD, FAAPMR
Susan Maltser, DO, FAAPMR
Adam B. Stein, MD, FAAPMR
Mark A. Thomas, MD, FAAPMR

2:15 pm-3 pm Licensure, Credentialing, and Maintenance of Certification
George C. Christolias, MD, FAAPMR
Adam B. Stein, MD, FAAPMR

3 pm-3:30 pm AAPM&R Resources
Steven R. Flanagan, MD, FAAPMR
3:30 pm-3:40 pm Break
3:40 pm-4:15 pm Incorporating Wellness Into Your Practice
Rebecca Fishman, DO, FAAPMR
4:15 pm-5 pm Negotiating Your Contract: What You Need To Know
Sara J. Cuccurullo, MD
5 pm-6:15 pm Networking Reception

Saturday, April 4

8 am-9 am Registration and Breakfast
9 am-9:45 am Early-Career Decisions/Touch On Fellowship Briefly Discovering Your Career Options; Should I Do Fellowship?
Joseph E. Herrera, DO, FAAPMR
9:45 am-10:30 am Crash Course in Billing
Francis J. Lopez, MD, MPH, FAAPMR
10:30 am-10:45 am Break
10:45 am-11:30 am Show Me The Money
Jaspal R. Singh, MD, FAAPMR
11:30 am-12 pm Quality Metrics and Compliance
Matthew N. Bartels, MD, MPH, FAAPMR
12 pm-12:45 pm Lunch
1 pm-1:45 pm Marketing Your Practice (Social Media, Word Of Mouth, Etc.)
Joseph Carfi, MD, FAAPMR
Jaspal R. Singh, MD, FAAPMR
1:45 pm-2:30 pm Leadership Skills
Lyn D. Weiss, MD, FAAPMR
2:30 pm-2:45 pm Teaching Portfolio
Anne Felicia Ambrose, MD, MS, MMC 
2:45 pm-3 pm Break
3 pm-3:30 pm Academic/Hospital/IRF/SAR
Matthew N. Bartels, MD, MPH, FAAPMR
3:30 pm-4 pm Private Practice/Solo/Group/Legal Medicine
Joseph Carfi, MD, FAAPMR
4 pm-4:45 pm Words of Wisdom for Your Practice
Matthew N. Bartels, MD, MPH, FAAPMR
Joseph Carfi, MD, FAAPMR
Jaspal R. Singh, MD, FAAPMR 
Lyn D. Weiss, MD, FAAPMR
4:45 pm-5 pm Closing/Remarks
All Faculty


Members: $35 non-refundable reservation fee
Nonmembers: $175 non-refundable reservation fee
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Hotel Information

Hampton Inn Manhattan Grand Central
231 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
(646) 576-8532

Please book before February 25 to receive our discounted rate below (taxes not included).

Be sure to reference “AAPM&R Early Career Course” when calling. To reserve your room on-line, be please use the Group Code, AAP.

  • Discounted king bed $199.00/night or double beds $219.00/night for single/double occupancy
  • Complimentary wireless internet in guest rooms
  • Complimentary hot breakfast


Please contact with any questions.