Medical Student Educators


The AAP's Medical Student Educators Council is a group of physiatrists who focus on educating and engaging medical students in innovative ways regarding rehabilitation, disability and advocacy. All AAP members who meet the qualifications are welcome to be members of the council. We offer opportunities for anyone interested in medical education and enhancing PM&R in their home institution to communicate important information, generate ideas, bring attention to critical issues and provide collegial support. We hope you'll get active in our community!

Disability Education Toolkit

The Medical Student Educators Council is working in collaboration with the Disability and Health Research team at SUNY Upstate Medical University to develop a toolkit to support the integration of disability into undergraduate medical education.

As part of this work, there are opportunities for AAP members to engage in this process. With support from the Medical Student Educators Council, members can:

  • Share existing educational products that can be formatted for inclusion in the toolkit.
  • Develop new products in collaboration with their home institution and the MSEC.


  • Enhance medical education by creating opportunities for teaching disability information in undergraduate medical education.
  • Build relationships with colleagues by working with others at your home institution to create educational tools.
  • Be credited for your contributions by listing them as scholarly products on your CV.
See Examples

More Resources

PM&R Milestones: The Task Force has collected tools that will help assess milestones. These tools are designed to serve as examples for you in creating your own. Contributions are available for download and tools can be uploaded to share with peers on the AAP's website for PM&R Program Directors and Program Coordinators.

MedEd Portal: The AAP's Education Committee has compiled resources on MedEd Portal that focus on faculty development and teaching skills and may be of interest and assistance to AAP members. These modules have been peer-reviewed prior to being posted on MedEd Portal.

White Paper on Competency-Based Curriculum Development: The AAP’s Medical Student Educators Council (led by Nethra Ankam, MD) has published a paper in Academic Medicine. Read the article to enhance student performance in the clinical management of people with disabilities and to better train all future physicians in the care of this population.

White Paper on Technical Standards: The AAP’s Medical Student Educators Council (led by Laura Kezar, MD) has published a paper in Academic Medicine. Read the article for insights and recommendations on technical standards for medical education and inclusivity for students with disabilities.

Essential Articles of PM&R: Collections of “Essential Articles” were compiled by Gerard Francisco, MD and a group of PM&R program directors and residents. The original collection included publications from 1980-2003, the second collection from 2004-2010, and the third collection was released in October 2015.

Connect & Collaborate

Active AAP members who are student educators can share best practices, ask questions and and stay connected via the AAP's Medical Student Educators listserv. Email the AAP if you would like to be added to the Google Group or are have problems receiving or sending messages.

Your Council Leadership

Carley Sauter, MD


Ravi Kasi, MD

Vice Chair

Leslie Rydberg, MD

Secretary/ Program Director

Nethra Ankam, MD

Past Chair


Carley Sauter, MD

AAP Member Since 2015

Carley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin.


Ravi Kasi, MD

AAP Member Since 2010

Ravi is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Residency Director in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Rush Medical College.


Leslie Rydberg, MD

AAP Member Since 2006

Leslie is an Assistant Professor, the Henry and Monika Betts Medical Student Education Chair, and Assistant Residency Program Director at Northwestern University/ Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.


Nethra Ankam, MD

AAP Member Since 2008

Nethra is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Medical Student Education Program in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University.