Resident/Fellow Council Elections
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Welcome, PM&R Trainee!

We're thrilled that you are interested in serving alongside your peers and national leaders in the AAP. The Resident/ Fellow Council (RFC) is seeking motivated in-training physiatrists to join our leadership team. Participating in the RFC will allow you to develop a national network and reputation by representing your peers in national committees and events, working alongside leaders in the specialty, and advocating and developing resources for PM&R trainees.

Members of the RFC serve on various national AAP committees, plan educational and networking sessions for the AAP's Annual Meeting, create year-round connection and resources, and much more. Start your path to a career in leadership with the RFC!


Applications for 2020-2021 leadership positions are now closed. Elections will take place at the AAP's 2020 Annual Meeting, ISPRM 2020. You must be present to run for a position. The Vice Chair position is only open to PGY-2 residents and requires a letter of recommendation from your Residency Program Director.

We hope to welcome you as an active member of our leadership team!

Neal Rakesh, MD, Chair
Tiffany Lau, MD, Vice Chair

Resident/ Fellow Council Leadership Positions


  • Presides at all council meetings and annual elections
  • Organizes RFC annual action plan and actively pursues set goals
  • Serves as liaison to the AAP Office
  • Recommends resident representatives to AAP Committees and Task Forces
  • Ex-officio member of the AAP Board of Trustees
  • Member of the AAP's Governance Committee

Vice Chair

  • Only PGY-2 residents are eligible
  • Serves as RFC Chair the following year
  • Assists Chair with organizing RFC annual action plan
  • Ex-officio non-voting member of the AAP Board of Trustees
  • Member of the AAP's Public Policy Committee


  • Schedules RFC meetings and takes minutes
  • Leads planning of RFC program for the AAP's Annual Meeting
  • Member of the AAP’s Program Committee

Research Representative

  • Promotes and coordinates research opportunities for residents and fellows
  • Organizes resources and educational toolkits for grant and scientific writing
  • Participates in abstract and paper review for the AAP Annual Meeting
  • Member of the AAP's Research Committee

Medical Student Affairs Representative

  • Supervises the AAP's Medical Student Council
  • Leads planning of the Medical Student Workshop at the AAP Annual Meeting
  • Assists with promotion of PM&R to and the creation of student groups
  • Member of the AAP's Medical Student Educators Council

Advancement Representative

  • Works to increase resident/fellow membership and retention
  • Assists with AAP fundraising and publicity efforts
  • Promotes AAP awards and programs for the development of young physiatrists
  • Member of the AAP’s Membership Committee

Technology Representative

  • Liaison to AAP Office for website recommendations
  • Responsible for soliciting, collecting and publishing articles for Physiatry in Motion, the RFC's quarterly publication
  • Assists with disseminating emerging uses of new technology in health care

Fellow Representative

  • Only PGY-4 residents entering a fellowship program the following academic year are eligible
  • Leads RFC projects focused on improving fellowship education and research
  • Responsible for planning fellowship sessions at the AAP Annual Meeting
  • Member of the AAP's Leadership Development & Recognition Committee

Social Media & Digital Outreach Ambassador

  • Manages the RFC social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) and gives a resident voice to the AAP's Instagram account
  • Oversees and recruits for (if needed) the AAP's Digital Outreach Sub-Committee and Social Media Sub-Committee
  • Promotes RFC and AAP in-training member activities
  • Develops strategies to expand RFC social media presence and engagement with in-training physiatrists

Education/ Well-Being Representative

  • Assists with development of educational projects and resources for residents and fellows
  • Works to create and promote well-being initiatives for residents and fellows
  • Member of the AAP's Education Committee