UC Irvine / AAP Research Badges
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Research Badges are an AAP member benefit. The fee for non-members is $100.

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"Successful completion of the badges in this guide will help you feel prepared to start your journey into rehabilitation research."

This project would not have been possible without generous support from the University of California Irvine and from the AAP. Special thanks to the following for their many contributions to success of the project.

From the University of California, Irvine:

Thank you...

  • Dr. David Reinkensmeyer
  • Dr. Kelli Sharp
  • Dr. Steven Cramer
  • Dr. Robert Newcomb
  • Dr. Danielle Perret Karimi
  • Dr. Justin Hata

Special thanks also goes to the members of AAP’s Resident/ Fellow Council and the members of the Research Committee chaired by Dr. Gwendolyn Sowa.

The Research Badges are a work in progress and we welcome feedback about what other information you would find useful as you continue to learn about research in your career. Please submit your comments here.

Copyright © Association of Academic Physiatrists 2014 All Rights Reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced without the AAP's express consent.


The UC Irvine/ AAP Research Badges is a step-by-step guide designed to help PM&R residents:

  1. Identify the knowledge & skills required for conducting research.
  2. Answer some of the most commonly encountered questions as you undertake research and publication.

A few residency programs in the country boast rich histories of well-structured resident mentorship in regards to research and you may feel such guide is unnecessary. However, this guide can still be used to nurture the mentor-mentee relationship and to increase your research literacy as you work on a research project. Utility of this guide is especially helpful if you come from a program that does not have the resources to provide mentorship in research.

When we set out to work on this guide, our goal was to bring a catalyst to our PM&R resident community to foster quality research projects and address some of the barriers that often exist when residents either think about conducting research or contemplate incorporating evidence-based medicine recommendations into their clinical practice. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. This badge project should not be the end unto itself. Our take on the future of this project is that this guide should continue to evolve and improve based upon feedback we receive.