Resident/Fellow Council

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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!


Read the latest issue of our newsletter: Physiatry in Motion, Winter 2019

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 2019 sessions, where we discovered new leadership experiences, networked and found mentors among leading physiatrists, and gained invaluable education. Stay tuned for ISPRM 2020, taking place March 4-9, 2020 in Orlando, FL! AAP members receive discounts on registration, so become one today.

Wednesday's Sessions

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

Thursday's Sessions

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

Friday's Sessions

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

Saturday's Sessions

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: Winter 2019

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.

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).

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 2020-2021 Council Position. Applications open in Fall 2019.

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

Neal Rakesh, MD

Chair

Tiffany Lau, MD

Vice Chair

Allison Bean, MD, PhD

Past Chair

Chelsea Frost, MD

Secretary

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Neal Rakesh, MD

AAP Member Since 2015

Neal is a PGY-3 in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons & Weill Cornell Medical College).

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Tiffany Lau, MD

AAP Member Since 2018

Tiffany is a PGY-2 at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. Follow her on Twitter at @TiffanyMLauMD.

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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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Chelsea Frost, MD

AAP Member Since 2015

Chelsea is a PGY-3 in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia.

Juliet Amene, MD

Research Representative

Amber Clark, MD

Advancement Representative

Jason Edwards, DO

Fellow Representative

James Eubanks, MD

Technology Representative

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Juliet Amene, MD

AAP Member Since 2018

Juliet is a PGY-2 in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University.

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Amber Clark, MD

AAP Member Since 2017

Amber is a PGY-3 in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Jason Edwards, DO

AAP Member Since 2016

Jason is a PGY-4 and Chief Resident in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at UT Health Science Center at Houston. Starting July 2019, he will become the Brain Injury Fellow at Northwestern University/ Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

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James Eubanks, MD, MS

AAP Member Since 2017

Jim is a PGY-1 in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Follow him on Twitter @jeubanksMD.

R. Sterling Haring, DO

AAMC Representative

Emily Kivlehan, MD

Medical Student Affairs Representative

Debbie Lee, MD

AAMC Representative

Kathy Plavnik, DO

Social Media Ambassador

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R. Sterling Haring, DO

AAP Member Since 2017

Sterling is a PGY-3 in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the 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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Emily Kivlehan, MD

AAP Member Since 2017

Emily is a PGY-3 in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyKivlehan57.

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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. Follow her on Twitter @DebbieLeeMD.

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Kathy Plavnik, DO

AAP Member Since 2018

Kathy is a PGY-3 in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center/ Rusk Rehabilitation.

Allison Schroeder, MD

Education & Well-Being Representative

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Allison Schroeder, MD

AAP Member Since 2017

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