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Medical Student Council

Welcome!

We are excited to welcome you to the first national PM&R Medical Student Council. This council serves as a forum for medical students interested in pursuing physiatry as a career, and represents medical student members of the AAP.

We give students a voice and advocate for their needs by serving on various national AAP committees and planning AAP Annual Meeting sessions. A nationally elected board governs the council with a focus on developing and sustaining a vibrant student body. We hope you will become an active part of our community!

The Medical Student Council and Resident/Fellow Council (RFC) work with leaders in the field to create workshops and sessions designed for your educational and career development needs. Here's a look at our recent experience, where we discovered new leadership experiences, networked and found mentors among leading physiatrists, and gained invaluable education. Save the date for the AAP's 2020 Annual Meeting, March 4-9, 2020 in Orlando, FL!

Wednesday's Sessions

Workshop for Medical Students, Residents & Fellows - Procedures in PM&R
Fellowship & Job Fair

Thursday's Sessions

Research Inspiration for the Trainee
Getting the Most Out of the Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Friday's Sessions

Fundamentals of Wheelchair Prescription: A Hands-on Workshop
Fellowship Program Directors Roundtables

Saturday's Sessions

Success in the PM&R Match: Roundtables with Residency Directors
How to Be Successful on a PM&R Elective: Tackling the Rehab Assessment & Plan
Medical Student & Resident Roundtables

More Resources For You!

Residency Directory: Students can easily locate ACGME-accredited residency programs through the AAP's PM&R Program Directory.

PM&R Career Advisors: If you have questions about PM&R residencies, career options or just general questions about the specialty, the AAP can connect your with an advisor based on your interest and/or geographic area. Our advisors are some of the most accomplished and up-and-coming physicians in the specialty - and also the most welcoming!

Mentoring Program for Medical Students: The AAP's Resident/Fellow Council (RFC) has developed a mentoring program for medical students who range from a budding interest in PM&R to those dedicated to the specialty. Our goal is for this program to be a launching point as you continue to build your medical network.

Mentor On Demand Podcasts: The AAP develops podcasts that discuss a variety of topics aimed at answering questions you may face during training such as choosing mentors, choosing a fellowship, job searching and contract negotiations, the road to becoming a department chair, and more!

Summer Externships: The AAP offers funded research and clinical externships for medical students interested in PM&R, a specialty that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to patients with physical impairments or disabilities. Both programs are eight-week summer externships offered to first and second year medical students with an stipend of $4,000.

PM&R Fairs & Student Interest Groups: Introduce students at your medical school and surrounding schools to PM&R by holding a PM&R Fair or organizing an interest group. The AAP can help you by providing a grant of up to $1,000 to assist with costs of a fair. We also have a sample planning guide to make the most of your fair and/or interest group.

Essential Articles in PM&R: This collection was compiled by Gerard Francisco, MD and a group of physiatry program directors and residents.

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Stay Connected

Eager to meet your peers to learn, grow and share together? The Medical Student Council strives to create a community for all students interested in pursuing physiatry. So when we're not connecting at the AAP's Annual Meeting, you can find us in the below ways.

Follow us on social media:

Run for a 2020-2021 Council Position - applications open in Fall 2019

Connect on our resident, fellow and student Forum. The Resident/Fellow Council has created a forum to facilitate collaboration, connection and education. Join the conversation!

Email us if you have any tips or ideas to share.

Your Student Council Leadership

Lisa Wiesenberger

Chair

Stacey Isidro

Vice Chair

Collin Byrne

Secretary

Ahish Chitneni

Member-at-Large

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Lisa Wiesenberger

AAP Member Since 2017

Lisa is a medical student at Central Michigan University College of Medicine. Follow her on Twitter @LisaWiesenberg.

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Stacey Isidro

AAP Member Since 2018

Stacey is a medical student at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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Collin Byrne

AAP Member Since 2018

Collin is a medical student at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

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Ahish Chitneni

AAP Member Since 2019

Ahish is a medical student at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences.

Deanna Claus

Membership/ Recruitment Representative

Alexandra Fry

Education Representative

April Hyon

Social Media Representative

Nicole Katz

Member-at-Large

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Deanna Claus

AAP Member Since 2018

Deanna is a medical student at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

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Alexandra Fry

AAP Member Since 2018

Alexandra is a medical student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Follow her on Twitter at @AlexandraMFry.

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April Hyon

AAP Member Since 2018

April is a medical student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Follow her on Twitter at @April_Hyon.

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Nicole Katz

AAP Member Since 2018

Nicole is a medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Follow her on Twitter @_NicoleKatz_.

Holly Pittard

Research Representative

William Ramos-Guasp

Member-at-Large

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Holly Pittard

AAP Member Since 2018

Holly is a medical student at East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine.

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William Ramos-Guasp

AAP Member Since 2017

William is a medical student at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamRamosMS3.