Virtual Course for Residents & New Graduates: Building the Career You Want

Saturday, April 20 from 9 am-3:30 pm (CT) online






This event has concluded for 2024. Thank you to our faculty and attendees for your participation!


Residents and New Grads: Network with Faculty from Across the Country

Plan to join us on virtually on Saturday, April 20 from 9 am–3:30 pm (CT) for our FREE annual virtual conference, Building the Career You Want: Navigating Early-Career Decisions for Residents and New Graduates, tailored for residents and early-career physiatrists. Expert faculty from across the country will discuss CV-building strategies, contract negotiation, managing personal finances, starting a private practice, marketing and social media ideas and more!

Who Should Attend?

Physiatrists-in-training (in residency or in fellowship) and newly graduated physiatrists (1-3 years post-training).

What's It About?

This unique virtual conference is intended to help physiatrists in-training and newly graduated physiatrists navigate their career paths.


We’ll touch upon topics that are typically not taught in residency, including CV-building strategies, job search advice, interview techniques, contract negotiations and managing personal finances. We will also discuss fellowship and non-fellowship career options, as well as private practice, academic and non-clinical career options.

Panel Q&A

At the end of the session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to an esteemed panel of physiatrists from different practice settings, including private practice, academics, hospital-based practice, VA, medical-legal and non-medical.

Please join AAPM&R for this special affair, intended to help you make some of the most important decisions of your career.

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  • Jacqueline D. Neal, MD, FAAPMR, MSE from Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and 

    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Alexis S. Tingan, MD, FAAPMR, CAQSM from Thomas Jefferson University

Jacqueline D. Neal, MD, MSE

"It is important for early career physicians to experience mentorship and guidance through the process of making career decisions, networking, and tips for success in transitioning to a new role.  This course connects early career physicians with established faculty across the country who can share their pearls of wisdom and empower the next generation of physicians to start their careers with confidence.”—Jacqueline D. Neal, MD, MSE, FAAPMR

Alexis S. Tingan, MD, FAAPMR, CAQSM

“The course is an invaluable crash course to prepare new physiatrists for the professional road ahead. Our distinguished faculty will pack decades of lessons learned and words of wisdom into just a few hours. Participation in the course will pay dividends immediately and far into the future. Our hope is that course participants will not just apply knowledge gained to their own careers, but that they will also be equipped to educate their own colleagues and mentees using the knowledge gained from this course.”— Alexis S. Tingan, MD, FAAPMR, CAQSM


All times are listed in Central Standard Time.

9 - 9:05 amWelcome and Introduction
Jacqueline D. Neal, MD, FAAPMR & Alexis S. Tingan, MD, FAAPMR
9:05 - 9:25 am
Your Career Journey
Gregory M. Worsowicz, MD, MBA
9:25 - 9:55 am
The Job Search
Gregory M. Worsowicz, MD, MBA
10 - 10:50 am
Words of Wisdom Panel
Kevin Mullins, MD, Larry Chou, MD, Kelly Heath, MD, Catherine Dalton, MD, Linda Farr (Farr Healthcare), Matt Nikolaus (Merz Therapeutics)
10:55 - 11:15 am
CV Preparation
Benjamin Seidel, DO
11:20 - 11:40 am
Interview Skills
George Cyril, MD
11:40 am - 12:10 pm
12:10 - 1:10 pm
Negotiating Your Contract: What You Need to Know
Sara Cuccurullo, MD
1:15 - 1:40 pm
You've Got the Job - Now What?
Larry Chou, MD
1:45 - 2:15 pm
Developing Leadership Skills
Monica Rho, MD
2:20 - 2:40 pm
Marketing, AI, and Social Media for the Physiatrist
Amy West, MD
2:45 - 3:05 pm
Early Career Finances and Planning
Mark Fisher, MD
3:10 - 3:30 pm
Final Q&A
Larry Chou, MD, Jacqueline D. Neal, MD, FAAPMR, Alexis S. Tingan, MD, FAAPMR
3:30 pm



Members: Free

Nonmembers: $150 non-refundable reservation fee

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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

“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

Please contact with any questions.

Thank You to Our Sponsor!

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And thank you to Linda Farr for joining the panel discussion!