|Academic Leadership Development|
Program for Academic Leadership
The AAP Program for Academic
Leadership (PAL) continues in its success under the direction of Gary S.
Clark, MD, CPE, MMM. The goal of PAL is
to provide a basic administrative framework and skill set to promising
physiatric academic faculty to enhance leadership abilities within a
department, medical school, and the specialty of PM&R at large.
has been recognized by the Association of
American Medical Colleges(AAMC)
as a model program for addressing the gap that exists in leadership development
in academic medicine and is believed to be unique for its focus on benefiting a
specialty by leadership development for early career faculty at a national
The Roosevelt Warm Springs Foundation awarded AAP
refunding of $25,800/year to support PAL for the 2014-2016 program cycle.
W. Walker, MD, University of North Carolina
H. Pangilinan, MD, University of Michigan
J. Visco, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
Pai, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University
C. Berliner, DO, TIRR Memorial Hermann
Lynne Aragaki, MD, UCLA/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program
The Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program
(RMSTP) provides research training, mentorship and career development support
for those physiatrists committed to developing productive careers in academic
medicine and research. The ultimate aim
of the RMSTP is to increase the number of rigorously trained, extramurally
competitive and scientifically productive faculty members in physical medicine
and rehabilitation (PM&R) departments, who can contribute to the continued
development of physiatric research specifically and rehabilitation science in
The RMSTP is funded by the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Child Health Human
Development (NICHD), National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research
(NCMRR), and the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP).
In 2013, RMSTP participants secured $1,373,805 in funding for research in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R).
RMSTP participants and graduates also won numerous 2013
awards including the Electrode Store Best Paper Award (Erik Chang, MD and Brad
Kurowski, MD) and the DeLisa Lectureship Award (Gwendolyn A. Sowa, MD).
Neilsen Foundation awarded AAP $6,000 to support related travel costs for two
(2) additional applicants interested in attending the RMSTP pre-application
workshop at the 2014 AAP Annual Meeting.
The funded applicants will be candidates who have identified a strong interest
in pursuing SCI research if accepted into RMSTP.
Suri, MD, UW Medicine
Mei Wang, MD, PhD, Harvard/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Medical Student Externship Programs
and MSSCE are eight-week summer PM&R externships offered to medical
students between the first and second year of medical school with an attached
stipend of $4,000. The availability of AAP PM&R student externships enhances the
visibility of PM&R in the medical student community and attracts high
quality and a more academically oriented cadre into the specialty of physiatry
and into additional leadership training pathways.
The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation awarded
AAP $40k to support AAP student programs RREMS and MSSCE, allowing the
AAP to expand the number of externship placements offered in 2014.
Experience for Medical Students
Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS), directed
by Brad E. Dicianno, MD, concluded its 6th successful summer program
in 2013. RREMS has been developed for
medical students with strong research interests. This program provides an exciting and
structured research experience while exposing the medical student to some of
the most successful and respected faculty mentors in the field of PM&R.
Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation increased their support of
RREMS, providing funding for three (3) RREMS positions in 2013.
interest in RREMS remained high in 2013, soliciting fifteen (15) available
hosting site sponsors with strong academic programs. Eight student applications were received for
Medical Student Summer
The Medical Student Summer
Clinical Externship (MSSCE) directed by R. Sam Mayer, MD concluded its 2nd
successful summer program in 2013. The Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship (MSSCE)
program has been developed for medical students with a strong desire for
clinical experience in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
(PM&R) and who are eagerly seeking opportunities to see patients. This
program aims to provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient clinical
exposure and to allow students to explore the human side of patient care and
the psychosocial environments their patients face.
interest in MSSCE continues to exceed expectations with over thirty (30)
students interested in PM&R applying for six available slots in 2013. Fifteen (15) institutions were available as