Overview & Structure

This three-year program provides promising academic faculty with a basic administrative framework and skill set to enhance their leadership role with a department, medical school and the specialty of physiatry, at large. We do that through didactic lectures, "hands-on” problem solving workshops, small group discussion sessions, expert panel discussions and one-on-one mentorship that will be available throughout the year. In addition, PAL participants will attend three-day courses during three consecutive AAP Annual Meetings. The content will focus on department administration (year 1), teaching and education (year two) and research (year three).

PAL is organized around one of three "themes” each year:

  • Academic Department Administration
  • Teaching & Education (including medical students, residents, fellows and faculty)
  • Research (both funded and unfunded)
For each year, 4 primary "content areas” pertinent to that year’s theme will be addressed:
  • Leadership: Philosophy, Assessment and Skill Sets
  • Organizational Structure and Management
  • Personnel and Regulatory Issues
  • Financial Management

Content Areas

Twelve content areas will be covered over your three years in the program. Learning objectives will be established in each of these 12 areas in order to provide maximum continuity from group-to-group and year-to-year. The form of the educational experience (didactic, small group, panel discussion, workshop, etc.) will vary to best fit the topic. Here's a look at potential topics per year:

Department Administration

Leadership

  • Qualities of a Leader: Art and Skill
  • Personality Style
  • Conflict Management
  • The Art of Negotiation
  • Maximizing Your Role in National PM&R Organizations
  • Understanding the Job of a Chairperson

Organizational Structure

  • What is Matrix Reporting and How to Survive It
  • Division/Department/Medical College/University – Where Am I?
  • Time Management Strategies
  • Organizing Your Support Staff
  • Choosing and Organizing Your Departmental Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement

Personnel & Regulatory Issues

  • Introduction to Regulation and Compliance
  • How to Choose and Be A Mentor
  • Strategies for Faculty Recruitment
  • Balancing Career and Family
  • Managing the Impaired Faculty or Resident
  • Maximizing Diversity in Your Department

Finances

  • Garnering Resources for the Department
  • Basic Accounting and Reading Financial Statements
  • Building a Department Budget
  • Essentials of Physician Billing Compliance
  • Intro to Medicare and Managed Care Funding of Clinical Activities
Teaching & Education

Leadership

  • What the Dean Wants from You – Money, Time, Teaching and Peace!
  • Models of Teaching Styles
  • Giving Constructive Feedback to Residents and Faculty

Organizational Structure

  • Academic Promotion – Assisting Your Associate in Becoming a Professor
  • The Policies and Practicalities of Increasing PM&R Exposure to Medical Students
  • Utilizing the Internal Resources to Direct a Residency

Personnel & Regulatory Issues

  • Ensuring Outstanding Resident Applicants
  • Residency Regulation: Work Hours, Discipline, Core Competency Assessment, ACGME
  • Strategies for Faculty Recruitment
  • Balancing Career and Family
  • National Regulation of Undergraduate Medical Education
  • Medico-legal Aspects of Being a Residency Director

Finances

  • Funding of PM&R Residencies and Fellowships
Research

Leadership

  • Promoting a Culture of Research in Your Department
  • Ethical Dilemmas in PM&R Research in the 21st Century

Organizational Structure

  • Resources for and Structure of a Grant Writing Team
  • Organizing Your Research Team
  • Incorporating Research into Clinical Practice

Personnel & Regulatory Issues

  • Research Regulation: Animals, Human Subjects, Finances
  • Recruiting Research Faculty
  • Strategies for Faculty Recruitment
  • The Role of Residents and Medical Students in Research Productivity

Finances

  • Putting Together a NIH/NIDDR Research Budget
PAL Costs

PAL is a tuition-based program with a fee schedule of $1,000 per year ($3,000 for three years). Participants will also need to cover the cost of airfare and hotel accommodations for the AAP's Annual Meeting. Below are is a breakdown of what's covered in your tuition:

  • Registration to PAL workshops (full three days) at the AAP's Annual Meeting each year including speakers, materials and networking events
  • Registration to the AAP's Annual Meeting each year including plenary sessions, materials and networking events (President's Reception, coffee breaks, signature lunch, Poster Gallery receptions, Fellowship & Job Fair, etc.)
  • Access to mentors throughout the program's duration to help with quality improvement projects that greatly benefit the participant's home institution and other career development questions and challenges
  • Online and virtual experiences with peer groups and PAL mentors
Prerequisites to Apply

Candidates for the program must:

  • Be an active member of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)
  • Be full-time faculty members at an Instructor, Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level
  • Have a minimum of 2 years (but not more than 8 years) experience post residency/ fellowship at the time of application
  • Have demonstrated the desire and ability to assume a leadership role in their department, institution or the specialty of physiatry
  • Attend the PAL course during each of three consecutive AAP Annual Meetings

Submission Requirements

  • Candidates must be nominated by their PM&R academic department or division chair. If the institution has no PM&R department or division, then a nomination can also come from a member of the AAP Board of Trustees or AAP Committee Chair in addition to their current Chair (non-PM&R). The nomination letter (1-2 pages) should discuss the candidate’s past achievements, current academic activities and potential for future academic success. Applications will not be considered without this nomination letter.
  • Candidate's current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A 500-word personal statement confirming the candidate’s academic career goals and desire to participate in this program
Application are no longer being accepted for the 2019 Program for Academic Leadership (PAL). Check back in July 2019 to apply for the 2020 program.