Navigating Early-Career Decisions for Success in Physiatry Practice Course


1 Day:

Saturday, March 23, 2019

2 Locations:

Chicago, IL | Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

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.
Dr. Hwang

"After completing this course, attendees will gain confidence in their transition from residency and/or fellowship training to building their career at a physiatrist. Attendees will be more comfortable with the business aspects of medicine, such as compensation metrics and compliance measurements. They will learn the importance of committee involvement and leadership. Finally, they will acquire knowledge that will aid in future job searches." - Dr. Hwang, Course Director





"There is no requirement to cover these areas of practice in residency or fellowship. The education and exposure to practical career development topics like contract negotiation , compensation metrics , continuing improvement and developing leadership skills is varied across the PMR GME landscape. These are important tools that I wish I had access to early in my career. This course will provide a roadmap of usual practice requirements, and terminology and that will ease the transition from training to practice. This knowledge base can help avoid the confusion that can make early career success and development challenging." - Dr. Gustafson




Course Directors and Faculty


View faculty biographies.


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


  • Reza Farid, MD, FAAPMR
  • Lawrence W. Frank, MD, FAAPMR
  • Michelle S. Gittler, MD, FAAPMR 
  • Ravi E. Kasi, MD, FAAPMR
  • Martin P. Lanoff, MD, FAAPMR
  • Jacqueline D. Neal, MD, MSE, FAAPMR
  • Kerrie M. Reed, MD, FAAPMR
  • Gregory M. Worsowicz, MD, MBA, FAAPMR



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


  • Michelle Houtz, RN, MSN/ED
  • Jordan A. Klein, MD, FAAPMR
  • Michael A. Kryger, MD, MS, FAAPMR
  • Michael F. Lupinacci, MD, FAAPMR
  • Michael K. Mallow, MD
  • Gregory B. Park, MD, FAAPMR
  • Natasha L. Romanoski, DO, FAAPMR
  • Michael F. Saulino, MD, PhD, FAAPMR
  • Vincent J. Tranchitella, MD

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


Faculty and topics subject to change.


Breakfast and lunch included.

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

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Hotel Information


Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile
160 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 706-0888

Please book before March 7 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, I38.

  • Discounted $159.00/night for single/double occupancy
  • Complimentary wi-fi in guest rooms


Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
21 North Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 496-3200

Please book before March 1 to receive our discounted rate below (taxes not included).

Be sure to reference “AAPM&R Early Career Course” when calling. 

  • Discounted $139.00/night for single/double occupancy





Overall support for both sessions of the course is provided by Merz.

Penn State Logo Support for lunch at the Philadelphia course is provided by Penn State Health Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
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Farr Healthcare, Inc.: Philadelphia course exhibitor and Chicago course handout sponsor.