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Program for Academic Leadership Details
Deadline to apply for the 2018 PAL Program is August 31, 2017.

PRogram Structure


Content areas/topics


Program Structure

A. Goal: to provide a basic administrative framework and skill set to promising, physiatric academic faculty in order to enhance their leadership role with a Department, Medical School, and the field of Rehabilitation Medicine, at large.

B. Timing: Candidates will attend a different three-day course during each of three consecutive AAP annual meetings. The content will focus on department administration (year 1), teaching and education (year two), and research (year three.)

C. Candidates: Candidates for the program will:

1) Be full-time faculty members at an Assistant or (early) Associate Professor Level.

2) Have a minimum of 2 years, but not more than 8 years experience post residency/fellowship at the time of application.

3) Have demonstrated the ability and desire to assume a leadership role in their Department, Medical School, or in the rehabilitation medicine field.

4) Require their Chairman’s recommendation and support.

5) Must submit a short, personal statement outlining career goals.

6) Commit to attend the entire AAP Annual Meeting for the three years they are part of the PAL program.

D. Methods: Teaching methods will include 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.

E. Structure: The three year program will be organized around one of three "themes” each year:

1) Academic Department Administration

2) Teaching and Education (including medical student, resident, fellow, and faculty)

3) Research (both funded and unfunded)

For each year, 4 "primary content areas” pertinent to that year’s theme will be addressed:

1) Leadership: Philosophy, Assessment, and Skill Sets

2) Organizational Structure and Management

3) Personnel and Regulatory Issues

4) Financial Management

** indicates possible plenary session topics for entire conference


Content Areas/Potential Topics

A matrix of 12 content areas will be covered over the three years in the program:

Year #1:
Department Administration (DA)

Year #2:
Teaching and Education (TE)

Year #3:
Research (R)

Leadership (L)




Organizational Structure (OS)




Personnel/Regulatory (PR)




Finances (F)




Clear 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. Possible topics might include the following. The form of the educational experience (didactic, small group, panel discussion, work-shop) would vary from topic to topic.

department administration


"Qualities of a Leader: Art and Skill”**
"Personality Style”
"Conflict Management”
"The Art of Negotiation”
"Maximizing Your Role in National PMR 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”
"How to Choose and Organize Your Departmental Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement”

Personnel and Regulatory Issues

"Introduction to Regulation and Compliance”
"How to Choose and Be a Mentor”
"Strategies fro Faculty Recruitment”
"Balancing Career and Family” **
"Managing the Impaired Faculty or Resident”
"How to Maximize Diversity in Your Department”


"Garnering Resources for the Department”
"Basic Accounting and Reading Financial Statements”
"Building a Department Budget”
"Essentials of Physician Billing Compliance”
"Introduction to Medicare and Managed Care Funding of Clinical Activities

teaching and education


"What the Dean Wants from You – Money, Time, Teaching, and Peace!”
"Models of Teaching Style -- and how to teach it!” **
"Giving Constructive Feedback to Residents and Faculty”**

Organizational Structure

"Academic Promotion – How do you Assistant Your Associate to Become Professor?”
"The Politics and Practicalities of Increasing PMR Exposure to Medical Students”
"Utilizing the Internal Resources to Direct a Residency”

Personnel and Regulatory Issues

"How to Insure Outstanding Resident Applicants”
"Residency Regulation: Work Hours, Discipline, Core Competency Assessment, ACGME”
"National Regulation of Undergraduate Medical Education”
"Medico-legal Aspects of Being a Residency Director”


"Funding of PMR Residencies and Fellowships”



"How to Promote a Culture of Research in Your Department” **
"Ethical Dilemmas in PMR Research in the 21st Century”

Organizational Structure

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

Personnel and Regulatory Issues

"Research Regulation: Animals, Human Subjects, Finances”
"Recruiting Research Faculty”
"The Role of Residents and Medical Students in Research Productivity”


"Putting together a NIH/NIDDR Research Budget”

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