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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.

PAL 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 level.

The Roosevelt Warm Springs Foundation awarded AAP refunding of $25,800/year to support PAL for the 2014-2016 program cycle.


2013 PAL Graduates

Heather W. Walker, MD, University of North Carolina

Percival H. Pangilinan, MD, University of Michigan

Christopher J. Visco, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Ajit Pai, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University

Jeffrey C. Berliner, DO, TIRR Memorial Hermann

Dixie 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 general.

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).

The 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.

2013 RMSTP Graduates

Pradeep Suri, MD, UW Medicine

Qinq Mei Wang, MD, PhD, Harvard/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Medical Student Externship Programs

RREMS 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.


Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students

The 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.

The Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation increased their support of RREMS, providing funding for three (3) RREMS positions in 2013.

Institutional interest in RREMS remained high in 2013, soliciting fifteen (15) available hosting site sponsors with strong academic programs. Eight student applications were received for the program.

Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship

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.

Student 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 site sponsors.




AAP Annual Report 2013

  Letter from the President
  2013-2015 Board of Trustees
  Leadership Development

  Journal - AJPM&R

Development Highlights

AAP's academic development programs received substantial external support and funding in 2013:


Check mark symbol  Roosevelt Warm Springs Foundation refunded PAL

Check mark symbol Neilsen Foundation awarded AAP $46k to expand RMSTP, RREMS, and MSSCE programs


Check mark symbol Foundation for PM&R increased support for RREMS

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