Education Session AAPM&R


Navigating Early-Career Decisions for Success in Physiatry Practice Course


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Chicago, IL | Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Philadelphia, PA | Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Who Should Attend?

Intended for physiatrists completing their training (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



  • Sarah K. Hwang, MD, FAAPMR from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • David S. Cheng, MD, FAAPMR from Rush University

Faculty: Coming soon.



  • Kristin Gustafson, DO, FAAPMR from Jefferson University
  • David R. Gater, Jr., MD, PhD, MS, FAAPMR from Penn State Health

Faculty: Coming soon.

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


Registration and Breakfast

7 am-8 am

Welcome, Introductions and Overview

8 am-8:15 am

Leadership Skills

  • Involvement in Local Hospital Committees
  • Organized Medicine
    • Alphabet Soup – Definitions and Pros/Cons
    • Why Get Involved?

8:15 am-10 am


10 am-10:15 am

Measuring Performance

  • Compensation Metrics
    • wRVUs, Conversion Factor, Patient Satisfaction, Quality Process, and Outcomes Measures
  • Quality Metrics and Reporting
  • Compliance
    • EHR, MIPS, Registries, Alternative Payment Models

10:15 am-11:30 am

CV Preparation, Job Search, Interview Skills and Contract Negotiations--Part 1

11:30 am-12 pm

Lunch Presentation: Working with Industry Partners

12 pm-1 pm

CV Preparation, Job Search, Interview Skills and Contract Negotiations--Part 2

1 pm-1:30 pm

AAPM&R Resources

1:30 pm-2 pm

Licensure, Credentialing and MOC

  • Where to starts
    • Priorities and Timing for Obtaining Licensure
    • Getting Credentialed/Privileges
    • MOC
  • PIP and CQI
    • Not just about meeting requirements but about improving patient care

2 pm-2:45 pm


2:45 pm-3 pm

Words of Wisdom for Your Practice

  • Private/Self-Employed
  • Group (Single Specialty vs Multi-Specialty)
  • Academic
  • VA/Government Employee
  • Medical Directorships
  • Alternative Practice Models- PMR ‘Hospitalists’, Post-acute Providers, Continuum Managers, Boutique Practices
  • Marketing Your Practice
  • Reinventing Your Career

3 pm-4:30 pm

Closing Advice/Q&A
All Faculty

4:30 pm-5 pm

Faculty and topics subject to change.


Breakfast and lunch included.

Members: $35 non-refundable reservation fee
Nonmembers: $325 non-refundable reservation fee

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Hotel Information

Coming soon.