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! Discover the many ways you can get involved with the AAP below.

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 in!

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

See who shares their time with the AAP in our list of current volunteers.

Committee & Board Volunteer Opportunities

Applications for 2021 committee volunteer positions open in Summer 2020. Committee positions for residents, fellows and medical students are limited. We encourage you to explore opportunities to volunteer with the Resident/ Fellow Council and Medical Student Council. Applications for both councils open in Fall 2020.

  • 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 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.

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

ABSTRACT REVIEWERS: The AAP expects to receive over 1,000 abstract submissions for presentation at the 2021 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 '21 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.

SPEAKERS BUREAU: The AAP is always looking to celebrate our expert members in media requests, podcasts, newsletter articles and more. Sign up for this opportunity to contribute content and gain exposure for your ideas.

POSTER TOUR GUIDES: Physiatry '21 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.

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 a Resident or Fellow member of the AAP to apply.