News and Publications

News & Publications

News Details

Insights from the General and Medical Rehabilitation Virtual Town Hall

Aug 23, 2016

On August 22, general and medical rehabilitation physicians gathered during a Virtual Town Hall hosted by the General and Medical Rehabilitation Member Council Leader, Eric Wisotzky, MD.

One key theme emerged early as we discussed trends, opportunities, and barriers for PM&R in the changing health care landscape:

  • PM&R physicians have an opportunity to play a role during every phase of the Post-Acute Care continuum. Physiatrists can demonstrate the knowledge and value they can add in all post-acute settings to help patients achieve outcomes in a cost-effective manner.

When polled, 100% of attendees agreed that there is an opportunity for PM&R to lead in Post-Acute Care.

Participants discussed additional opportunities for PM&R including:

  • Partnering with emergency care for trauma and post-ICU rehab care
  • Partnering with oncology for cancer rehabilitation
  • Strengthening roles in:
    • amputee care
    • stroke care
    • cardiac care
    • wound care

When discussing barriers, participants discussed the additional training residents would need to be effective in these settings, including more exposure to multi-specialty team settings and more health policy training. Participants also explored the number of physiatrists for these opportunities.

General and Medical Rehabilitation physiatrists – did you miss this conversation? Join an upcoming virtual town hall or start a discussion regarding opportunities in the General and Medical Rehabilitation Member Council Community.


AAPM&R is hosting Virtual Town Halls as a form of qualitative research supporting the overall goals of the Visioning PM&R Bold initiative. Additional Virtual Town Halls will be announced soon. Make sure to register and Talk PM&R Bold as we discuss big ideas and opportunities for the future of PM&R.