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Dear Resident:

The AAP's Resident/ Fellow Council (RFC) is seeking motivated in-training physiatrists to join its leadership team! Participating in the RFC will allow you to develop your leadership skills by representing your peers on a national level and be the voice of PM&R residents on relevant issues for your specialty. 

The Resident/ Fellow Council represents resident and fellow members of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP).

Members of the RFC serve on various national AAP committees, plan educational and networking sessions for the AAP's Annual Meeting, serve on the AAP's Board of Trustees and more!


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Applications for 2019-2020 leadership positions will open in Fall 2018. Elections will take place at the AAP's 2019 Annual Meeting in February 2019. You must be present to run for a position. The Vice Chair position is only open to PGY-2 residents and requires submission of a letter of recommendation from your Residency Program Director.

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



Allison Bean, MD, PhD

AAP RFC Vice Chair

Neal Rakesh, MD



Resident/ Fellow Council Leadership Positions

  • Presides at all council meetings and annual elections
  • Recommends resident representatives to AAP Committees and Task Forces
  • Organizes RFC action plan for the year and actively pursues set goals
  • Serves as liaison to the AAP Office
  • Ex-officio member of the AAP Board of Trustees, attends meetings
  • Oversees provision of resident information to Newsletter and Journal
  • Serves as liaison to AAPMR staff and Resident Physicians Council President
Vice Chair
  • Only PGY-2's are eligible; serves as RFC Chair the following year
  • Member of the AAP’s Governance Committee
  • Assists with creation and completion of RFC Action Plan
  • Ex-officio non-voting member of the AAP Board of Trustees, attends meetings
  • Organizes Chief Residents’ Workshop and assists with elections
  • Plans RFC program for AAP Annual Meeting
  • Recruits program speaker for the RFC program
  • Keeps minutes at RFC meetings and conference calls
  • Participates in abstract and paper review for AAP Annual Meeting
  • Member of the AAP’s Program Committee for the AAP Annual Meeting
Research Representative
  • Promotes and coordinates research opportunities for residents and fellows
  • Organize resources and educational toolkits for grant and scientific writing
  • Participates in abstract and paper review for AAP Annual Meeting
  • Serves as a liaison to the AAP Research Committee
Medical Student Affairs Representative
  • Plans annual medical student workshop at the Annual Meeting
  • Liaison to medical students and interest groups on behalf of the RFC
  • Assists with promotion of PM&R to and the creation of student groups
  • Responsible for organizing content for the Medical Student Newsletter
  • Serves as a liaison to the Medical Student Educators Council
Advancement Representative
  • Works to increase resident/fellow membership and retention
  • Member of the AAP’s Membership Committee
  • Assists with AAP fundraising and publicity efforts
  • Serves as liaison to the Leadership Development and Recognition Committee
  • Promotes AAP awards and programs for the development of young physiatrists
Technology Representative
  • Member of possible Task Force for planned website re-design
  • Keeps Resident portion of AAP website up-to-date
  • Liaison to AAP Office for website recommendations
  • Assists with disseminating emerging uses of new technology in health care
Fellow Representative
  • Open to PGY-4 members entering a fellowship program
  • Works on RFC projects that focus on improving fellowship education
  • Responsible for planning the Fellowship Workshop at the Annual Meeting
Social Media Ambassador
  • Work closely with AAP Staff and RFC Technology and Advancement Representatives to develop strategies to grow and expand RFC online presence via social media platforms
  • Promote online engagement and interactions with AAP fellows, residents and medical students
  • Enhance the visibility of our brand by promoting AAP content, events, announcements, and news items using multi-media strategies 



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Creating the future of academic physiatry through mentorship, leadership, and discovery.

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