Volunteer with the AAP

Our work is possible because of people like you.

When you volunteer with the AAP, you are filling a vital need for resources and support available to physiatrists, building your network and CV, and creating a stronger workforce and specialty.

We offer volunteering opportunities year-round. Each summer, we recruit new volunteers to serve on our Board of Trustees and Committees. Throughout the year, you can also serve by becoming a mentor, reviewing abstracts, volunteering at our Annual Meeting, and more.

Get all of your questions answered and discover the many ways you can get involved with the AAP below.

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Apply for our Board or Committee positions by September 18, 2020

Questions or Comments?

Contact Amy Schnappinger, Member Services Manager, at 410-654-1000 or Email.

Why Volunteer?

Discover the many ways you can serve and impact the AAP and the field.


What is Expected?

Learn more about your eligibility, the time commitment and more.


How Do I Apply?

Fill out our application to serve on our national Board or Committees.



Summer Call for Volunteers

Applications for 2021 Board and Committee volunteer positions open every summer. Opportunities to serve on our Councils open throughout the year and will be announced via email.

AAP Committees

  • Diversity & Community Engagement Committee – advances diversity, inclusion and equality in academic physiatry
    1. Membership Subcommittee – supports retention and acquisition of AAP members
  • Education Committee – develops educational content and professional development material for AAP members and the physiatry community at large
    1. Program Subcommittee – develops and plans educational sessions for the AAP’s Annual Meeting
    2. Global Academic Physiatry Subcommittee – expands education, research and leadership opportunities in academic physiatry on an international level
  • Governance Committee – weighs in on association policies and financial reports
  • Leadership Development & Recognition Committee (LDRC) – reviews volunteer applications, fills committee openings and selects annual award recipients
  • Public Policy Committee – identifies and advocates for the public policy interests of the AAP and its members
  • Research Committee – supports individuals and organizations interested in research through education, resources and outreach

AAP Board of Trustees

We have recently expanded opportunities for you to serve on our Board of Trustees. Our Board creates and maintains a vision for the AAP to ensure that the association continues to grow in importance and participation. In order to apply for any Board of Trustees position, you must be a Diplomate, Early Career, International, Emeritus or Distinguished member of the AAP.

2021 Open Board Positions (all 2-year terms)

  • Secretary/Treasurer – works closely with the AAP’s Executive Director on fiscal and budgetary matters, as well as reviewing the minutes of the Board of Trustees; will automatically assume the role of President-Elect at the end of the term of the incumbent President-Elect
  • Member-at-Large – participates in Board of Trustees meetings and provides input and advice on issues, proposals and activities discussed by the Board; serves as a liaison to the AAP membership, committees, councils, task forces, and interest groups as assigned by the President and promotes the activities and mission of the AAP to the academic physiatry community
  • Member-at-Large – see above
  • Member-at-Large – see above
  • Diversity & Community Engagement Committee Chair – ex-officio member of the Board who oversees the Diversity & Community Engagement Committee and the Membership Subcommittee
  • Education Committee Chair – ex-officio member of the Board who oversees the Education Committee and the Program and Global Academic Physiatry Subcommittees


Year-Round Opportunities

MENTOR: Mentors, congratulations on your first step in to cultivating the next generation of leaders in physiatry. You can become a mentor year-round in the AAP’s Mentoring Program or the Medical Student Program. You can use your invaluable experience to become an advocate and teacher as you help your mentee navigate residency/ early career, and establish a network of connections.

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. This volunteer opportunity opens in the fall.

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: Our Annual Meeting 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.

ANNUAL MEETING VOLUNTEERS: In addition to Poster Tour Guides, our small team needs your support to make our Annual Meeting memorable and rewarding. We recruit for volunteer roles such as registration, set-up and more. Volunteers also get a discount on their registration as our thanks. Stay tuned for these opportunities to be announced in late 2020.