Resident/Fellow Council

Welcome!

The Resident/ Fellow Council (RFC) is a group of residents and fellows that represent 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!

Want to be a part of the 2019-2020 leadership team? Apply for a position now!

Every year at the AAP's Annual Meeting, the RFC helps to create workshops and sessions designed for the timeless and evolving needs of physiatry trainees. Join us in Puerto Rico to discover new leadership experiences, network and find mentors among leading physiatrists, and gain invaluable education. AAP members receive discounts on registration, so become one today.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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

Thursday, February 21

Research Inspiration for the Trainee
Career Pearls: Negotiating Your First Job
Getting the Most Out of the Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Friday, February 22

Fundamentals of Wheelchair Prescription: A Hands-on Workshop
Fellowship Roundtables
Resident/Fellow Council Elections (apply now!)
Employment Contracting: Getting the Most Out of Your Job Offer
Resident/Fellow Networking Event (location TBD)

Saturday, February 23

Medical Student & Resident Roundtables

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 Brittni Micham, our Technology Representative. You can also follow us and share your comments on Medium!

Read the Current Issue: Fall 2018

Access Our Archives

More Resources For You!

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.

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.

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.

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).

Submit to AJPM&R's New 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 help us build this unique platform to further enhance PM&R education!

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 2019-2020 Council Position.

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

Allison Bean, MD, PhD

Chair

Neal Rakesh, MD

Vice Chair

Kunj Patel, MD

Past Chair

Jean Woo, MD

Secretary

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Allison Bean, MD, PhD

AAP Member Since 2016

Allison is a PGY-4 and Chief Resident in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Follow her on Twitter @AlliBeanMDPhD.

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Neal Rakesh, MD

AAP Member Since 2015

Neal is a PGY-3 in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia/Cornell.

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Kunj Patel, MD

AAP Member Since 2013

Kunj is an Interventional Pain Fellow at Harvard University's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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Jean Woo, MD

AAP Member Since 2017

Jean is a PGY-4 in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine.

Chris Cherian, MD

Advancement Representative

Wyatt Kupperman, DO

Medical Student Affairs Representative

Debbie Lee, MD

AAMC Representative

Brittni Micham, MD

Technology Representative

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Chris Cherian, MD

AAP Member Since 2016

Chris is a PGY-4 and Chief Resident in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School/ Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisCherianMD.

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Wyatt Kupperman, DO

AAP Member Since 2017

Wyatt is a PGY-4 in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Chicago/ Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Debbie Lee, MD

AAP Member Since 2017

Debbie is a a PGY-3 in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine/ Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. She also serves on the AAMC's Organization of Resident Representatives.

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Brittni Micham, MD

AAP Member Since 2017

Brittni is a PGY-4 in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Jay Panchal, MD

Social Media Ambassador

Komal Patel, DO

Fellow Representative

Marissa Pavlinich, MD

AAMC Representative

Allison Schroeder, MD

Research Representative

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Jay Panchal, MD

AAP Member Since 2017

Jay is a PGY-4 in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School/ Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. Follow him on Twitter @JayPanchalMD.

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Komal Patel, DO

AAP Member Since 2015

Komal is a Brain Injury Medicine Fellow at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell.

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Marissa Pavlinich, MD

AAP Member Since 2016

Marissa is a PGY-4 in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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Allison Schroeder, MD

AAP Member Since 2017

Allison is a PGY-3 in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Follow her on Twitter @SchroederMd.