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Thank you for your interest in participating on an AAP Committee.

Opportunities to participate on AAP Committees become available bi-annually in conjunction with the rotation policy, or as vacancies occur which may be filled in the interim at the discretion of LDRC.

Why
should a physiatrist volunteer to join a professional organization, and what can one do to enhance his or her ability to rise to a leadership position?

View the commentary: Physiatrist Volunteerism in Specialty Societies and Organized Medicine by Joel A. Delisa, MD published in Am. J. Phys Med Rehabil 2007; 86, 687-689.

Descriptions of the work of each of the AAP committee can be found below.

View a full AAP Committee Member Position Description.

Certain criteria must be met in order to serve on an AAP committee. Volunteers must:

  • Be a member of AAP for the duration of the appointment,
  • Be willing and able to participate in the activities of the committee, support its mission or concern, and carry out assignments in a timely manner, and
  • Complete the following online application.

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  • Education Committee is involved in all educational activities of the AAP including assessment of member education needs and development of education content.
  • Governance Committee reviews the audit, financials, and 990 and updates the association policies on a 4-year rotation cycle.
  • Leadership Development and Recognition Committee (LDRC) is responsible for reviewing volunteer application forms to fill or nominate members for open positions and selecting award recipients.
  • Membership Committee works to increase and retain membership in the AAP.
  • Program Committee produces the educational sessions for the annual meeting.
  • Public Policy Committee serves to advocate the public policy interests of the Association regarding policies, laws, regulations and other developments that may affect the Association such as graduate medical education, undergraduate medical education, and research funding.
  • Research Committee develops and support individuals and organizations interested in research through education, resources and outreach.
  • Board of Trustees Secretary/Treasurer: The Officers follow a rotation from Secretary-Treasurer to President-elect to President. It is suggested that the Secretary/Treasurer have served on the Board for at least 4 years prior to being nominated as Secretary-Treasurer.
  • Board of Trustees Member-at-Large is elected to serve a two-year term.
  • The AAMC Representative serves as one of two AAP members on the AAMC's Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) which provides a strong voice for academic faculty within the AAMC’s governance and leadership structures. The AAMC representative will be expected to attend two meetings per year on behalf of the AAP and attend AAP Board of Trustees meetings.. The AAMC Representative should be a department chair, division chief, institute/center director, or comparable leader and have a special interest in PM&R advocacy, including in the academic missions of research and education.

AAP's Mission

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

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