Resident/Fellow Council

Welcome!

The Resident/ Fellow Council (RFC) represents all in-training members of the AAP and the specialty at large. Our focus is on developing and sustaining a vibrant resident body and advocating on behalf of all trainees. Members of the RFC serve on various national AAP committees and the Board of Trustees, help plan educational and networking sessions for the AAP's Annual Meeting, provide mentorship, develop leaders in academic physiatry and advance the specialty. We hope you'll get active in our community!


Serve on our subcommittees: Applications close April 24, 2020

Read the latest issue of our newsletter: Physiatry in Motion

Learn about the new Resident & Fellow Section in AJPM&R!


Every year at the AAP's Annual Meeting, the RFC works with leaders to create workshops and sessions designed for your educational and career development needs. Here's a sneak peek at our 2020 sessions, where we discovered new leadership experiences, networked and found mentors among leading physiatrists, and gained invaluable education. Save the date for Physiatry '21, the AAP's 2021 Annual Meeting, February 9-13, 2021 in Anaheim, California.

Thursday's Sessions

Workshop for Residents & Fellows - Procedures in PM&R
Fellowship & Job Fair

Friday's Sessions

Poster Gallery Reception
Opening Ceremony & President's Welcome Reception

Saturday's Sessions

Demystifying the PM&R Boards
Medical Student & Resident Roundtables
Resident/Fellow Council Elections
Poster Gallery Reception
Resident & Fellow Networking Night at Topgolf Orlando

Sunday's Sessions

Fellowship Roundtables
Fostering Wellness in Trainees: More than Reducing Work Hours
Academic Career Paths: Developing the Next Generation of Academicians
Certification of PM&R Specialists Around the World
Poster Gallery Reception
ISPRM 2020 Signature Networking Event

Physiatry in Motion: The RFC's Newsletter

The Resident/ Fellow Council's online newsletter Physiatry in Motion is released four times a year and highlights various topics surrounding PM&R residency and fellowship. If you would like to submit an article for the next issue of Physiatry in Motion, email James Eubanks, MD, our Technology Representative. You can also follow us and share your comments on Medium!

Read the Current Issue

Access Our Archives

More Resources For You!

Read and submit to AJPM&R's Resident and Fellow Section: AJPM&R Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Walter Frontera, has created the “Resident and Fellow Section,” a new section of the journal with published articles authored by trainees in physiatry covering topics relevant to our training. Learn more and submit content for peer-review!

Mentor On Demand Podcasts: The AAP develops podcasts that discuss a variety of topics aimed at answering questions you may face during training such as choosing mentors, choosing a fellowship, job searching and contract negotiations, the road to becoming a department chair, and more!

Mentoring Program for Medical Students: The AAP's Resident/Fellow Council (RFC) has developed a mentoring program for medical students who range from a budding interest in PM&R to those dedicated to the specialty. Learn more and sign up to be a mentor to support the next generation of physiatrists!

AAP Programs: The AAP has programs that will help you grow along the continuum of your career. Residents and fellows, get involved in the Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP)! Early career faculty, build a lifelong career of leadership in the Program for Academic Leadership (PAL).

Fellowship Directory: Residents can easily locate ACGME accredited fellowship programs through the AAP's Fellowship Directory broken down by physiatry subspecialties brain injury medicine, neuromuscular medicine, pain medicine, pediatric rehabilitation, spinal cord injury and sports medicine.

Virtual Campus: The AAP's Virtual Campus is your on-demand resource for comprehensive academic physiatry information and education, offering webinars, continuing medical education (CME) articles published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Mentor on Demand podcasts and more.

Research Badges: AAP members have access to online research and publication training modules developed specifically for in-training physiatrists and young faculty. Completion of the modules will help you start your journey into rehabilitation research while strengthening your fellowship applications and CVs.

Essential Articles in PM&R: This collection was compiled by Gerard Francisco, MD and a group of physiatry program directors and residents.

Presentations & Videos

PM&R Fairs & Student Interest Groups

Stay Connected

Eager to meet your peers to learn, grow and share together? The RFC strives to create a community for all current and future physiatry trainees. So when we're not laughing and connecting at the AAP's Annual Meeting, you can find us in the below ways.

Follow us on social media:

Run for a 2021-2022 Council Position. Applications open in Fall 2020.

Connect on our resident, fellow and student Forum. The Resident/Fellow Council has created a forum to facilitate collaboration, connection and education. Join the conversation!

Email us if you have any tips or ideas to share.

Your RFC Leadership

Tiffany Lau, MD

Chair

Amy Park, DO, MA

Vice Chair

Neal Rakesh, MD

Past Chair

Kuntal Chowdhary, MD

Secretary

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Tiffany Lau, MD

AAP Member Since 2018

Tiffany is a Resident Physician at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. Follow her on Twitter at @TiffanyMLauMD.

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Amy Park, MD

AAP Member Since 2019

Amy is a Resident Physician at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell. Follow her on Twitter @AmyParkDO.

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Neal Rakesh, MD

AAP Member Since 2015

Neal is a Resident Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons & Weill Cornell Medical College). He will be starting a Pain Medicine Fellowship next year at the Tri-Institutional Program - Cornell University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Kuntal Chowdhary, MD

AAP Member Since 2018

Kuntal is a Resident Physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Follow her on Twitter @KChowdharyMD.

Michael Appeadu, MD

Advancement Representative

Margaret Beckwith, MD

Social Media & Digital Outreach Representative

R. Sterling Haring, DO

AAMC Representative

Maryam Hosseini, MD

Research Representative

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Michael Appeadu, MD

AAP Member Since 2019

Michael is a Resident Physician at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital. Follow him on Twitter @MikeAppMD.

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Margaret Beckwith, MD

AAP Member Since 2020

Margaret is a Resident Physician at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Follow her on Twitter @Beckwith_MD.

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R. Sterling Haring, DO

AAP Member Since 2017

Sterling is a Resident Physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is also a doctoral candidate studying health policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Follow him on Twitter @SterlingHaring.

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Maryam Hosseini, MD

AAP Member Since 2018

Maryam is a Resident Physician at Montefiore Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also a participant of the AAP's Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP).

Barbara Kozminski, MD

Technology Representative

Debbie Lee, MD

AAMC Representative

Deirdre Rodericks, MD

Fellow Representative

Omar Walli, MD

Medical Student Affairs Representative

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Barbara Kozminski, MD

AAP Member Since 2017

Barb is an intern at SUNY Upstate Medical University and an incoming Resident Physician at the University of Washington. She previously served on the AAP's Medical Student Council. Follow him on Twitter @BKozminskiMD.

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Debbie Lee, MD

AAP Member Since 2017

Debbie is a Resident Physician at Northwestern University/ Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. She also serves on the AAMC's Organization of Resident Representatives. Follow her on Twitter @DebbieLeeMD.

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Deirdre Rodericks, MD

AAP Member Since 2017

Deirdre is a PGY-4 at Northwestern University/ Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Starting in August 2020, she will be a Sports Medicine Fellow at the Hospital for Special Surgery/ New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical College program. Follow her on Twitter @DeeRodericks.

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Kathy Plavnik, DO

AAP Member Since 2018

Omar is a Resident Physician at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dayna Yorks, DO

Education & Well-Being Representative

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Dayna Yorks, DO

AAP Member Since 2018

Dayna is a Resident Physician at Northwestern University/ Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.