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Program for Academic Leadership

PAL Overview

The Association of Academic Physiatrists, under the leadership of Gary S. Clark, MD, CPE, MMM, is sponsoring the Program for Academic Leadership (PAL), a three-year program to develop academic leadership skills in junior PM&R faculty. The goal of PAL is to provide a basic administrative framework and skill set to promising physiatric academic faculty to enhance their leadership abilities within a Department, Medical School, and the field of PM&R at large. The number of participants will be limited to provide maximum interaction with course instructors. This Program requires candidates to attend the PAL course during each of three consecutive AAP Annual Meetings. Over the three years, the content will cover department administration, teaching and education, and research.


Applications for the 2017 PAL Program are no longer being accepted. We will open for applications for the 2018 program next summer.

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Candidates for the program will

  1. Be members of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP),
  2. Be full-time faculty members at an Instructor, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor Level,
  3. Have graduated from their PM&R residency during or after 2009, and
  4. Have demonstrated the desire and ability to assume a leadership role in their Department, Medical School, or in the field of rehabilitation medicine.

Submission Requirements

  1. Candidates must be nominated by their academic department chair. If the institution has no PM&R department, then a nomination from a member of the AAP Board of Trustees or AAP Committee Chair will suffice. The nomination letter (1 to 2 pages) should discuss the candidate’s past achievements, current academic activities and potential for future academic success. Applications will not be considered without this nomination letter.
  2. Candidates current Curriculum Vitae.
  3. A personal statement of approximately 500 words confirming the candidate’s academic career goals and desire to participate in this program.

Personal Cost

Participant will be responsible for airfare and hotel accommodations. The AAP will provide meeting registration which includes course materials/handouts and group meals.

Please contact Amy Schnappinger at aschnappinger@physiatry.org with any questions.

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Creating the future of academic physiatry through mentorship, leadership, and discovery.

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