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Welcome to Physiatry '19



Your one-stop of justification materials for Physiatry '19

In order to be most effective in fulfilling our institutional missions and better serve our patients, we need to be continuously learning and developing our skills as physiatrists and academic leaders. It can be difficult to find the time and money to invest in professional development. Use this toolkit to justify the expense to your institution, whether it comes in the form of paid time off or financial support for your attendance.


AAP’s mission to provide quality physiatry education to medical students, resident, fellows, academic physiatrists, and other physiatry professionals. We offer these tools to provide a clear path to assist you in achieving your 

colleagues, you will open your mind to innovative solutions. AAP Annual Meetings are the most cost-effective, educational, career enhancing experience; and the single best thing you can do to enhance your professional career.  educational goals and leadership potential. Realizing effective results in your residency program department, and practice is achieved with exposure to new thoughts, ideas, and peers that you will experience by attending Physiatry ‘19.  It is these key interactions at the AAP Annual Meeting that advances each attendees career, improves programs, departments, and institutions, and moves the specialty of physiatry forward. As you attend sessions and network with 


This toolkit will assist you in communicating the value of being involved in the Physiatry ‘19 experience to your program director or department chair who will be sure to appreciate your initiative and the investment made into your professional development as well as greater knowledge that you can apply directly to research, education & training, and patient care in your institution.  




We understand that as residents, academic physiatrists, and PM&R professionals, you play many roles from clinical practice, to teaching and mentorship, to administration and more – Physiatry ’19 has it all! When you propose attending Physiatry ’19 it demonstrates your commitment to your institution and specialty.  Try to identify specific areas for improvement and focus on what you will bring back to the program/institution/hospital/practice to demonstrate return on the investment.


Skills & Knowledge Benefits


State your program, hospital, or institution's specific goals or needs, and then state how specific components of the AAP Annual Meeting will help meet those needs.

  1. Which topics or specific sessions have particular relevance to your job, department, or hospital's current priorities and goals or needs? Identify specifically what you can use, and how. 
  2. Which of the workshops, sessions, or mentorship opportunities are most relevant to your skill development, goals, or your program/hospital/institution’s expectations of you? What new skills, techniques, or ideas will you bring back?

Networking Benefits

Attending Physiatry ‘19 will enable you to meet and interact with peers, up and coming rock stars, and today’s leaders in physiatry from around the country. AAP is particularly focused on fostering mentorship, networking, and longlasting relationships. You will be able to acquire valuable information and insights, gain an understanding of what other residents and physiatrists are talking about and planning for, and how they are accomplishing certain goals or tackling specific challenges that are similar to your own.

Exhibit Hall Benefits

The exhibit hall will showcase vendors with new products you could use or evaluate for potential future use. It's an opportunity to collect first-hand information and compare competing technologies all in one place. It's also a chance to discover companies you've never heard of before, offering solutions you don't even know about yet, so you can make more informed decisions for current and future projects.




Prior to the conference, you will most likely have to submit forms or letters to your supervisor and/or organization to approve the costs associated with attending #Physiatry19. We have created several documents you can use to help with your efforts.


Letter to Attend Physiatry '19 with Cost Breakdown (Physician)


Letter to Attend Physiatry '19 with Cost Breakdown (Resident/Fellow)


Physiatry '19 Report Template




Three days at Physiatry ’19 will be the most cost-effective educational and professional development choice you will make all year.


Ten Tips for Building Your Case for Attending Physiatry ‘19

  1. Focus on the issues at hand. Describe what you plan to get out of attending and how that will benefit your work, patients, and program or hospital. Explore the meeting schedule and make a list of the sessions that will help you address issues to make improvements.  
  2. Share and present. Offer to share handouts and present new ideas to your colleagues to share what you learned. Your peers will get the benefits of your attendance, too. 
  3. Talk up the takeaways. From networking opportunities to practical takeaways from each session attending #Physiatry19 provides information you can put into action when you get home. In addition, you can bring back ideas or solutions from new or improved products and/or services discovered in the exhibit hall. 
  4. Register early for savings. Register early for lowest registration, hotel, and airfare rates. You can save by signing up before the early registration deadlines and by becoming an AAP member.  
  5. Earn CME and Meet Requirements. Participating in continuing medical education (CME) helps keep you at the forefront of patient care in physiatry.  Earn up to 30 CME credits by participating in Physiatry '19!
  6. Call attention to quality. AAP is accredited with commendation, the highest level of accreditation possible for providing high quality CME to physicians.  AAP's Annual Meeting offers a comprehensive, time-intensive learning environment. Physiatry '19 is more cost-effective and time-efficient than participating in multiple seminars or webinars because you get all of the information you need in one place at one time - and more!
  7. Have a plan.  Request time off early and be ready with a plan that shows who will cover for you while you are attending the conference.
  8. Be proactive. Offer to share a room to reduce hotel expenses. Take advantage of resident/fellow registration rates and workshops.
  9. Build a networking list.  AAP's Annual Meeting is an unmatched source for networking, bringing together residents, physiatrists, and other professionals in physiatry together from across the country and around the world. Make note of speakers, exhibitors, or industry representatives you would like to meet or learn new techniques from. 
  10. The value of Physiatry '19. A stand-alone 60-minute CME webinar can cost over $100. However, at Physiatry '19, you can earn up to 30 CME credits for as low as $450 (resident/fellow early bird registration price). Attendees get all that CME and face-to-face networking in just three days (additional pre-conference days available), meaning fewer days out of the office, lower travel costs, and immediate results.




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