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Physiatrist Member Support and Resource Center: COVID-19

We fully understand that you may have questions about the rapidly-changing environment and we are committed to sharing clear, up-to-date information that is most pertinent to PM&R, so when you need to, you can make the most informed decisions.

To that end, your Academy has been researching and collecting the most relevant resources and information including those developed by physiatrist members and are continuing to add them here. We have also partnered and are collaborating with other medical societies to advocate for and support your needs and will share that information on this website as well.


If you can't find what you need or would like additional support, we're here to help. Contact us at (847) 737-6000 or email covidresponse@aapmr.org.

AAPM&R members: Even more resources are being shared between physiatrists in our Care in the Time of COVID-19 member forum on PhyzForum. Exchange important dialogue about your challenges, ask your questions and concerns as well as share resources with each other.


In-Depth Resources for Physiatrists

We are supporting members by creating timely, needed resources, collaborating across health care, and highlighting the best education and news that is applicable to you and your PM&R practice right now. As the primary medical specialty society for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, this is your place for resources to help you today.

More resources will be added frequently; check back for new topics here.

AAPM&R Members: exchange important dialogue about your challenges or ask your questions and concerns on PhyzForum in the Care in the Time of COVID-19 member forum




Featured Webinar Recordings

How to Manage Chronic Pain and Opioids in an Outpatient Setting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally recorded April 15, 2020

Physiatrists are at the forefront of treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions and are frequently asked to manage pain as a method of improving function in inpatient and outpatient settings. Given the current environment and the inability to see patients, listen to this webinar discussion to hear how a few experts are managing their patients with chronic pain and those that need opioids.  

Panelists included:

  • Andrew S. Friedman, MD, FAAPMR – from Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, WA
  • Ameet Nagpal, MD, MD, MEd, FAAPMR – from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX
  • Saloni Sharma, MD, FAAPMR – from Rothman Orthopaedics in Bryn Mawr, PA 
  • Steven P. Stanos, Jr., DO, FAAPMR – from Swedish Medical Group in Seattle, WA

Spasticity Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally recorded April 22, 2020

Physiatrists are at the forefront of spasticity management and need to have an in-depth understanding of spasticity and its impact on patients. Given the current environment and the inability to see patients, listen to this webinar discussion to hear how a few experts are managing their patients and assessing the advantages and disadvantages of all treatment options during this crisis.

Panelists included:

  • Reza Farid, MD, FAAPMR – from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO
  • Michael C. Munin, MD, FAAPMR – from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Michael F. Saulino, MD, FAAPMR –  from MossRehab Physical Medicine Associates in Elkins Park, PA
  • Andrea P. Toomer, MD, FAAPMR –  from Culicchia Neurological Clinic in Marrero, LA

Concussion and Mild TBI Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally recorded April 30, 2020

Physiatrists are at the forefront of concussion and mild TBI management and need to have an in-depth understanding of these clinical areas and its impact on patients. Given the current environment and the inability to see patients, listen to this webinar discussion to hear how a few experts are managing their patients and assessing the advantages and disadvantages of all treatment options during this crisis. 

Panelists included:

  • Kathleen R. Bell, MD, FAAPMR – from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School PM&R Program in Dallas, TX
  • Jason De Luigi, DO, FAAPMR – from Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale, AZ
  • Aaron M. Karlin, MD, FAAPMR – from Ochsner Clinic – Ochsner Children's Health Center in New Orleans, LA
  • Ross D. Zafonte, DO, FAAPMR – from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital/Harvard Medical School PM&R Program in Charlestown, MA

Outpatient Rehabilitation Requirements for Patients with COVID-19: The Role of the Physiatrist in Transitioning Patients from Inpatient Care to Outpatient Rehab

Originally recorded May 20, 2020

Listen to this webinar to learn about the role of physiatrists in transitioning patients surviving COVID-19 to outpatient rehabilitation services. The panel will discuss their experiences and share practical strategies to enhance the outpatient care of COVID-19 patients. Novel approaches to outpatient care delivery including transitional care management, telehealth physiatrist consultation, and telehealth therapy services will be discussed. The specific needs of patients surviving COVID-19 will be reviewed including: pulmonary rehab, neuro-rehab, and neuromuscular rehab. Strategies to re-open outpatient physiatry and therapy clinics will be addressed.

Panelists included:

  • Alex Moroz, MD, FAAPMR, Vice Chair Education, Rusk Rehab Dept.
  • Greg J. Sweeny, DPT, Director of Outpatient Pulmonary Rehab, Rusk Rehab Dept.
  • Monica Tietsworth, MBA, CMPE, Department Administrator, Rusk Rehab Dept.
  • Lyn D. Weiss, MD, FAAPMR, Chair, Rehab Rusk NYU Winthrop
  • Jonathan H. Whiteson MD, FAAPMR, Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Rusk Rehab Dept.

Looking for more webinar recordings? Find them here.

Looking for the monthly Virtual Town Halls with the AAPM&R Board of Governors? Find them here.

 

From the AAPM&R Board of Governors

"Our country is in the midst of a medical pandemic. The AAPM&R (Academy), including its volunteer leaders and staff, have enormous empathy for our members, their patients, and families as COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Together, we need to find the resilience to persevere for our personal and our patients’ health and well-being. Together, we need to find the resilience to persevere for our personal and our patients’ health and well-being.”  Read the full statement here.