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AAP Committee & Board opportunities


Micro-Volunteer opportunities


AAP Volunteer Application



Why should a physiatrist volunteer? Volunteering allows you to participate actively in AAP programs and initiatives, to develop your leadership and communication skills, and to network with your colleagues all while strengthening the AAP community.

AAP offers a variety of ways to get involved and volunteer. From one-time projects like Abstract Reviews, to longer-term commitments of serving on committees, there is something for everyone no matter how much time you may have. Take a few minutes to read over the different opportunities and fill out the Volunteer Application to get started today.

For more on why you should consider volunteering, view the commentary: Physiatrist Volunteerism in Specialty Societies and Organized Medicine by Joel A. Delisa, MD published in Am. J. Phys Med Rehabil 2007; 86, 687-689.




Committee & Board of Trustees Volunteer Positions

  • Education Committee – development of educational content and professional development material for AAP members
  • Governance Committee – review of audit, financial reports and update of association policies
  • Leadership Development and Recognition Committee – review volunteer applications, fill committee openings and select award recipients
  • Membership Committee – increase and retain AAP membership
  • Program Committee – develop and plan educational sessions for the AAP Annual Meeting
  • Public Policy Committee – advocate the public policy interests of the AAP regarding policies, laws and regulations
  • Research Committee – supports 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 (4) years prior to being nominated for Secretary/Treasurer. The Officers follow a rotation from Secretary-Treasurer to President-elect to President. It is suggested that the Secretary/Treasurer have served on the Board for at least 4 years prior to being nominated as Secretary-Treasurer.
  • Board of Trustees Member-at-Large is elected to serve a two-year term.
  • The 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 AAMC Representative should be a department chair, division chief, institute/center director, or comparable leader and have a special interest in PM&R advocacy, including in the academic missions of research and education.

View a full AAP Committee Member Position Description.

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

  • Be a member of 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, and
  • Complete the online application.




Micro-Volunteer Opportunities with AAP

ABSTRACT REVIEWERS: The AAP receives 450 + abstracts submissions for presentation at the AAP Annual Meeting.  AAP is 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 implementing enhancements to improve AAP attendee and exhibitor interaction and the overall experience in the Exhibit Hall.

POSTER TOUR GUIDES: The AAP is dedicated to mentorship, leadership, and discovery.  Physiatry '19 Puerto Rico attendees will be heavily encouraged to visit the Poster Board Hall to engage in discussion and offer feedback and encouragement to the presenters.  AAP will also host Poster Hall tours and 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 and travel expenses will be covered by the Consulting Program. If interested please submit your CV and a short statement of interest.

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 PM&R community. You must be an In Training Resident or Fellow member of AAP to apply for this.

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

AAP's Mission

Creating the future of academic physiatry through mentorship, leadership, and discovery.

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