AAP Medical Student Council Elections

Lead, Serve & Grow in the AAP's Medical Student Council

The AAP's Medical Student Council is seeking medical students with a strong interest in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation to join its leadership team! Participating in the Council will allow you to develop your network and career by representing your peers on a national level and increasing the awareness of PM&R among medical students.

The Council works closely with the AAP's Resident/Fellow Council (RFC), plans educational and networking sessions for the AAP's Annual Meeting, develops medical student networks via student interest groups, and much more!

Applications for the 2020-2021 leadership team are now closed. You can apply for a 2021-2022 leadership position in Fall 2020. Learn more. A description of positions and requirements can be found below. Council leaders begin their one-year terms at the AAP's Annual Meeting. Those selected to serve on the Council will be notified in time to plan to attend the Annual Meeting.

We hope to welcome you as an active member of our leadership team!


Lisa Wiesenberger - Chair
Stacey Isidro - Vice Chair

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be an MS1-MS3 in an LCME, COCA, or NCFMEA accredited medical school
  • Must be an active member of the AAP at the time of application
  • Strongly encouraged to attend the AAP's Annual Meeting

Application Materials

  • Personal Statement
  • Resume/ CV
  • Letter of Support - If you are applying for the Chair position, a letter of support from a medical school faculty member is required. It is also recommended that applicants for other positions submit a letter of support.

Not sure what to include in your statement or CV? Here are some ideas:

  • Leadership, research and/or volunteer experience
  • PM&R exposure and/or desire to learn more
  • Ideas for future Council projects

Position Descriptions


  • Only current MS-3s are eligible
  • Organizes Medical Student Council annual action plan and pursues set goals
  • Presides over all student council meetings and annual elections
  • Serves as a liaison to the AAP's Resident/Fellow Council
  • Recommends student representatives to serve on AAP committees and task forces
  • Member of the AAP's Leadership Development & Recognition Committee
  • Member of AAP's Medical Student Educators Council

Vice Chair

  • Assists Chair with organizing the annual action plan
  • Oversees medical student submissions to Physiatry in Motion, the RFC's quarterly newsletter
  • Works with resident editors of AJPM&R's new Resident-Fellow Section to create content relevant to medical students
  • Member of the AAP's Program Committee


  • Works with RFC Secretary to plan medical student/ RFC program at the AAP's Annual Meeting
  • Organizes Medical Student Council meetings and conference calls
  • Takes roll call and records meeting minutes

Education/ Mentorship Representative

  • Works with the RFC Medical Student Affairs Representative and AAP Medical Student Educators Council on faculty and resident mentorship programs for medical students
  • Works to create mentorship awareness and promotional materials
  • Member of the AAP's Education Committee

Membership/ Recruitment Representative

  • Provides information and support to new and current Student Interest Groups throughout the country
  • Assists AAP staff with marketing and communications efforts focused on recruiting medical students to join the AAP and attend the AAP's Annual Meeting
  • Assists with recruitment of medical student submissions to the Physiatry in Motion newsletter
  • Member of the AAP's Membership Committee

Social Media/ Technology Representative

  • Promotes online engagement focusing on medical student interests
  • Works with AAP staff to update and maintain the AAP's Medical Student Council webpage
  • Manages the Medical Student Council Facebook and Twitter accounts, and provides a student voice on the AAP's Instagram account
  • Member of the AAP's Public Policy Committee

Research Representative

  • Works with RFC Research Representative on research-focused initiatives
  • Works with Membership/ Recruitment Representative to promote and recruit for the Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS) and the Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship (MSSCE)
  • Member of the AAP's Research Committee