About the AAP
The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) is an organization of PM&R physicians who are dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation through research, education and advocacy. The Association currently serves 1,200 members including PM&R department chairs, program directors, residents and fellows, researchers, medical student educators, administrative directors, program coordinators and others involved or interested in academic medicine.
The AAP has an official journal, The American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, holds an Annual Meeting, and is involved in a number of projects, programs and activities to support and enhance academic PM&R.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)
Physicians trained in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are called physiatrists (pronounced fizz ee at' trist or fizz eye' uh trist).
There are approximately 10,000 board certified physiatrists in the United States who are trained to diagnose, treat, and direct a rehabilitation plan that provides the best possible patient outcomes focusing on functional ability and quality of life.
Conditions that are treated by physiatrists include amputation, spinal cord injury, sports injury, stroke, musculoskeletal pain syndromes such as low back pain, fibromyalgia, traumatic brain injury, cancer, multiple sclerosis and cardiac disorders.
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