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Research Badges are an AAP member benefit!


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

The Research Badges are currently undergoing revision by the AAP's Research Committee. Please check back soon for the new and improved guide. We welcome feedback about information you would find useful as you continue to learn about research in your career. Please submit your comments here.

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

  1. Identify the knowledge and 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 well-structured resident mentorship in regards to research and you may feel this guide is unnecessary. However, it can still be used to nurture the mentor-mentee relationship and to increase your research literacy as you work on a research project. 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. 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 on feedback we receive.


This project was made possible thanks to the generous support from the University of California Irvine and the AAP. Special thanks to the following for their many contributions to success of the project.

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 members of the Research Committee.

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