Volunteer with the AAP

Make a difference, meet like-minded people, and help us build a strong future for our specialty by signing up to volunteer today! Please click on the links to the left to learn more and fill out your Volunteer Application.


Why should you volunteer? Not only does volunteering feel good, it'll strengthen your network, your professional organization and your specialty.

By actively participating in AAP committees, councils, programs and initiatives,you are making a real difference in your career and the future of the field.

There are a variety of ways to volunteer! From one-time projects like Abstract Reviews to longer-term commitments like serving on committees, there is something for every interest, career stage and availability. See the different opportunities below and fill out the Volunteer Application to jump right in!

For more on why you should consider volunteering, read Physiatrist Volunteerism in Specialty Societies and Organized Medicine by Joel A. DeLisa, MD, published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Special Volunteer Opportunity: Apply for Vice Chair of the Program Committee

The Program Committee develops and plans educational sessions for the AAP's Annual Meeting - and we're recruiting a Vice Chair to get started after Physiatry '19! Applications will be accepted through January 11, 2019, so apply now.


  • One year experience on an AAP committee.
  • Commitment of one year as vice chair and two years as Program Chair.


  • In the Program Committee Chair’s absence, assist with the development of Program Committee Meeting agendas and hold scheduled meetings.
  • In conjunction with the Program Chair, oversee the application process and selection of upcoming AAP Annual Meeting sessions, workshops and programs, ensuring compliance with ACCME guidelines and criteria.
  • Assist with the AAP Annual Meeting Abstract reviewing and selection process.
  • Review and resolve conflicts of interests that arise with content providers and presenters of CME activities for the AAP Annual Meeting.
  • Delegate and recruit volunteers for program assignments at the Annual Meeting.
  • Introduce and moderate high profile sessions and events as needed.

Committee & Board Volunteer Opportunities

Committee volunteer applications are no longer being accepted for 2019. We will open applications again in Summer 2019, so start preparing now by finding where you'd like to serve!

  • Education Committee – develop educational content and professional development material for AAP members and the physiatry community at large
  • Governance Committee – weigh in on association policies and financial reports
  • Leadership Development and Recognition Committee – review volunteer applications, fill committee openings and select annual award recipients
  • Membership Committee – increase and retain AAP membership
  • Program Committee – develop and plan educational sessions for the AAP Annual Meeting
  • Public Policy Committee –  identify and advocate for the public policy interests of the AAP
  • Research Committee – support individuals and organizations interested in research through education, resources and outreach
  • Board of Trustees Secretary/Treasurer should have served on the Board for at least four years prior to being nominated for Secretary/Treasurer. The Officers follow a rotation from Secretary/Treasurer to President-Elect to President.
  • Board of Trustees Member-at-Large is elected to serve a two-year term.
  • AAMC Representative serves as one of two AAP members on the AAMC's Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS). The AAMC Representative will be expected to attend two meetings per year on behalf of the AAP and attend AAP Board of Trustees meetings. The Representative should be a department chair, division chief, institute/center director, or comparable leader and have a special interest in advocacy, including in the academic missions of research and education.
  • AMA House of Delegates Representative attends the two House of Delegates meetings each year (June in Chicago and November in various cities). The Representative must be an American Medical Association member and interested in policy issues. The volunteer is expected to speak at reference committees on behalf of AAP policy and during the House of Delegates. The volunteer also writes a report twice a year on what happened during the meeting.

View Full Committee Position Descriptions

Certain criteria must be met in order to serve on an AAP committee. Volunteers must:

  • Be an active member of the AAP for the duration of the appointment
  • Be willing and able to participate in the activities of the committee, support its mission or concern, and carry out assignments in a timely manner
  • Be available to participate in monthly conference calls and potential in-person meetings at the AAP Annual Meeting. Travel to the AAP Annual Meeting is the responsibility of the volunteer.
  • Complete the online application

Micro-Volunteer Opportunities with the AAP

NEWSLETTER EDITOR: We are seeking a new editor for our quarterly publication, Physiatry Forward. Physiatry Forward is designed by and for AAP members and is published every January, April, July and October. You will be following in the footsteps of Joel DeLisa, MD, MS, who has served as the editor since 2015. As editor, you are required to submit a 500-word editorial article to each publication focused on a topic relevant to academic physiatry. We are seeking a two-year commitment from the new editor.

ABSTRACT REVIEWERS: The AAP receives 850+ abstract submissions for presentation at the AAP Annual Meeting. We are seeking assistance in reviewing these 300-word research studies and case reports. Volunteers will complete 20-25 reviews via a user-friendly online process that will determine status of acceptance for each assigned abstract.

EXHIBITOR TASK FORCE: The Exhibitor Task Force, comprised of AAP members and industry partners, is tasked with recruiting new industry partners for exhibit and sponsorship opportunities at Physiatry '19 Puerto Rico, and improving attendee and exhibitor interaction and the overall experience in the Exhibit Hall.

PHYSIATRY CAREER ADVISOR: Volunteers will provide program-neutral physiatry career advising for medical students interested in the specialty, especially those attending medical schools without a physiatry department. You must be a Diplomate, Associate or Early Career member of the AAP to apply.

POSTER TOUR GUIDES: Physiatry '19 Puerto Rico attendees are encouraged to visit the Poster Gallery to engage in discussion and offer feedback and encouragement to the presenters. The AAP will also host Poster Gallery tours, and we are seeking Tour Guides to lead interested attendees to key posters within a selected category.

RESEARCH CONSULTING PROGRAM - JUNIOR TEAM MEMBER: The AAP Physiatric Research Development Consulting Program is designed to support institutions currently seeking to expand or develop their research program. In an effort to provide our members with additional opportunities for professional development, the Research Committee invites interested junior faculty members to apply to participate in the site visits as active learners. One junior participant will be chosen per site visit to join two senior team members; travel expenses will be covered by the Consulting Program. If interested, please submit your CV and a short statement.

RESIDENT MENTOR PROGRAM: A volunteer in the Resident Mentor Program will be responsible for working with a least one mentee from a medical school across the country and being available to answer any questions that he/she may have. You will serve as an invaluable advocate and teacher as you help your mentee navigate the residency application process, optimize his or her experience on clinical rotations, find opportunities for research, and establish a network of connections within the physiatry community. You must be an In-Training Resident or Fellow member of the AAP to apply.