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Rehab in Review Celebrates Twenty Years

Wednesday, September 25, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bernadette Rensing
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October marks the twenty-year anniversary of the first edition of the surveillance journal, Rehab in RIR EditorsReview. Launched in October of 1993 at Louisiana State University, Rehab in Review was initially conceived as an educational resource, designed to provide Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians with a summary of important articles appearing outside of the official journals of the AAP and AAPM&R. During these twenty years, the same volunteer staff have produced this monthly publication and obtained outside funding in order to deliver a free copy of the journal to each PM&R resident in training in the United States. Soon after its launch, Rehab in Review was offered to attending physicians by subscription, and became one of the top five, most read journals among practicing physiatrists (Am J PM&R, 2002).

PHOTO: David T. Burke, MD, MA, Editor-in-Chief; Roberta Alysoun Bell, PhD, Copy Editor; Randolph L. Roig, MD, Executive Editor

Rehab in Review has achieved academic recognition, and now enjoys the status of an affiliated publication of the AAP, offered through the AAP website as a benefit of membership. The journal is also endorsed by the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, and is recognized and distributed through the World Health Organization and a number of national PM&R societies throughout the world.

The editors of Rehab in Review scan 100 journals every month for the most recent and most relevant studies related to the practice of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Those rated most suitable are forwarded to the editorial office, with the final selection of approximately 25 manuscripts for summary. The purpose of the journal is to glean information from the journals produced in related fields (neurology, neurosurgery, rheumatology, orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, sports medicine, and joint specific journals), which impacts the understanding and the treatment of the patients of physiatry. With each issue, the editors produce a broad collection of articles which provide readers with information instantly applicable to their practices.

The AAP congratulates the very dedicated Rehab in Review editors and team on reaching this milestone.  Thank you for the monumental effort that goes into the publication and for allowing AAP members to enjoy RIR.

Members of the AAP can read the latest copy of Rehab in Review through the AAP website (, and can access the Rehab in Review website for CME credits ( ).

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