Residency & Fellowship Program Directors


The AAP's Residency & Fellowship Directors (RFPD) Council is a group of Residency Program Directors, Fellowship Program Directors and Co-Directors of an ACGME-approved PM&R program. Does that sound like you? If you are an active AAP member, then this community is here as your resource!

Our mission is to work with the AAP and each other to create the future of academic physiatry through mentorship, leadership and discovery. The council offers opportunities for Program Directors to communicate important information, generate ideas, alert the appropriate people to critical issues and provide collegial support. We hope you'll get active in our community.

Every year at the AAP's Annual Meeting, the RFPD puts together a pre-conference workshop that keeps Program Directors coming back year-after-year. Come to connect, learn and grow your programs with best and novel practices. Join us at ISPRM 2020, the joint AAP Annual Meeting and ISPRM World Congress, March 4-9, 2020 in Orlando, FL! Here's what we have planned:

Wednesday's Sessions

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Update
Resident & Fellow Recruitment Update
American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (ABPMR) Update
Practice Improvement Projects (PIP)
RFPD Council Business Meeting

Thursday's Sessions

Unconscious Bias

The PM&R Program Directors Toolkit

We are excited to share the core set of PM&R-specific Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) and Observable Practice Activities (OPAs) that were developed and validated through a special task force of the AAP's Education Committee. Entrustable Professional Activities EPAs have been adopted by a variety of specialties for the purpose of real-time observational assessment of clinical competency in a manner that makes intuitive sense and is feasible within the workplace environment. OPAs are a collection of learning objectives as activities that must be observed in daily practice in order to form entrustment decisions.

Access EPAs & OPAs
Webinar on EPAs & OPAs


The PM&R Milestones Task Force has collected tools that will help assess milestones. These tools are designed to serve as examples for you in creating your own. Contributions are available for download and tools can be uploaded to share with peers on the AAP's website for PM&R Program Directors and Program Coordinators.

See Milestones

Connect & Collaborate

Active AAP members who are RFPDs can share best practices, ask questions and and stay connected via the AAP's RFPD listserv. Email the AAP if you would like to be added to the Google Group or are have problems receiving or sending messages.

Your RFPD Council Leadership

Rita Hamilton, DO


Alex Moroz, MD

Vice Chair

Anne F. Ambrose, MD

Secretary/ Program Director

Sara Cuccurullo, MD

Past Chair


Rita Hamilton, DO

AAP Member Since 1998

Rita is the PM&R Residency Program Director at the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation.


Alex Moroz, MD

AAP Member Since 2006

Alex is the Vice Chair of Education and Training at Rusk Rehabilitation. He also serves as the PM&R Residency Program Director and an Associate Professor at NYU Langone Health.


Anne F. Ambrose, MD

AAP Member Since 2005

Bio coming soon


Sara Cuccurullo, MD

AAP Member Since 1999

Sara is the Chair, Clinical Professor and Residency Program Director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/JFK Medical Center. She also serves as the Medical Director and VP of JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.