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Call for Proposals 


Deadline for Proposal Submissions: February 22, 2021

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) invites you to submit session proposals for educational sessions to be considered for inclusion in the 2021 Annual Assembly, being held November 11-14 in Nashville, TN and virtually. ALL submissions are due by February 22. Late submissions will not be accepted.

All listed faculty members are required to complete their own financial disclosure before a proposal can be submitted. Financial disclosures cannot be completed after the deadline, so make sure to plan accordingly. The Program Planning Committee reviews all disclosures in a blinded fashion in order to ensure we have a fair and balanced program.

Please read this information carefully to understand the 2021 submission process.

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals

The Program Planning Committee (PPC) seeks proposals that will incorporate a blend of adult learning styles and cross-cutting themes. The theme for #AAPMR21 is Reimagining Our Future Through Technology and Science.

Submission Categories

Education is offered in different formats throughout the live in-person and virtual Annual Assembly. We are seeking submissions in the following categories:

  • Clinical and Practice Symposia Sessions—these 60-minute symposia should focus on clinical or practice topics. A 60-minute presentation (45-50 minutes) would be followed by a brief question and answer segment. These offerings will be offered in the following formats with a maximum of five faculty members:
  • Live-In Person
  • Live-Virtual
  • Pre-Recorded
  • Pre-Recorded with live Q&A
  • Learning Center Hands-On Demonstrations—hands-on only demonstrations provide interactive learning experiences focused on fundamental and emerging hands-on skills. These demonstrations should be planned for a free-flowing audience and will likely only occur in-person.
  • Skills Labs—these 3-hour hands on sessions are designed to provide in-depth training on a specific skill or set of skills, including small-group hands-on or immersive training. Each Skills Lab must incorporate at least 4 hands on stations with a maximum of 8 stations. These sessions will have an additional fee for participants and will occur in-person only.

Submission Criteria

Each complete and submitted submission received by the published due date will be peer-reviewed. In an effort to help guide submitters, the following criteria is provided to indicate the areas that will be seriously considered during the review process:

  • A detailed proposal with all required information outlining the topics, speakers, and objectives
  • Topics that are relevant and/or innovative
  • Formats that will stimulate discussion and/or engage the audience both virtually and in-person
  • Multidisciplinary or team approaches from both genders, with a mix of experienced and junior faculty as well as Advanced Practice Providers preferably from different institutions
  • Topics and faculty that are new and not repetitive from previous years or other sessions

Each proposal will be peer-reviewed for the following essential components: clinical, practice, scientific or didactic qualitybroad appeal to the AAPM&R membership; and timeliness of the topic(s). The Program Planning Committee reserves the right to offer suggested changes and alternative formats for presentations based on the submissions received.

How long will the sessions be?

As we navigate the planning process for the Annual Assembly in the current environment, there are certain limitations we must put in place regarding the length of time for all sessions and the number of sessions we are able to accommodate because of room sizes. For 2021 all clinical and practical sessions, except for those in the Learning Center or skills labs, will be 60 minutes

Who can submit?

Any member or non-member physiatrist or Advanced Practice Providers can submit a session proposal. However, at least one faculty member must be a AAPM&R member.

Submission Guidance

To facilitate your submission, you can view the 2019 Program Planning Committee session entitled "Submitting a Strong Proposal for the AAPM&R Annual Assembly."  This guidance, along with the proposal worksheet will help guide your submission. Proposal submission must be completed online.

Themes and Topics for Tagging

The Program Planning Committee developed a system for tagging content that has the flexibility to embrace more cross-cutting sessions and diverse topics that may not fit in the track system. As proposals are submitted for consideration, each session may be tagged with multiple themes and topics. The specific themes and topics are listed below:


  • Advancing PM&R Bold
  • Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Central Nervous System
  • Clinical Techniques
  • EMG/Neuromuscular
  • General Medicine
  • In-Training/Early Career
  • Leadership and Career Development
  • Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine
  • New Technologies
  • Pain and Spine Medicine
  • Pediatrics Rehabilitation
  • Population Health
  • Practice Management and Evolution
  • Spasticity

Secondary Themes


  • Concussion
  • Development Disabilities
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Injections
  • Neuromodulation
  • Opioid Management
  • Post-acute Care
  • Prosthetics and Robotics
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Ultrasound
  • Women’s Health
  • Wound Care

Practice and Career Development

  • Alternative Payment Models
  • Career Development
  • Coding/Reimbursement
  • Contracts/Negotiation
  • Healthcare Systems/Partnering with Administrators
  • Leadership Skills: Financial/Budgeting Management
  • Leadership Skills: Medical Director Training
  • MACRA/MIPS/Quality Reporting
  • Medicolegal
  • Patient Engagement
  • Patient Safety
  • Practice Diversification
  • Practice Efficiency
  • Practice Management
  • Practice Technology
  • Preventing Burnout
  • Team Building

While topics will continue to grow, the Program Planning Committee prepared a list of potential topics that will assist physiatrists in navigating and succeeding in the changing health care environment. This list is not exhaustive and potential submitters can submit topics not included. Review the list of potential topics.

Proposal Worksheet

To facilitate your submission, you can download this worksheet to help you compose your answers for clinical and practice symposia submission questions. To assist in devising labs or hands on demonstrations, download the Skills Lab Builder Form. The worksheets are to provide submitter(s) with a copy of the Annual Assembly Call for Proposal questions to assist you in preparing prior to entering your data online. All proposals must be submitted online. Hard copy/email proposals are not accepted.

Call for AA Faculty - Interested in participating as faculty?

Have you ever wanted to present at the Annual Assembly but haven’t had the opportunity? Do you have expertise on a topic? Are there other presenters that you would recommend? We know that our members have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with each other – and we’re hoping you’ll help us tap into that expertise. It is our intent to build sessions for in-person, virtual and pre-recorded presentation if we have enough interest in the topic/themes noted in the survey. If you are interested in being considered for a faculty role, please complete this survey.

Questions? Email or call (847) 737-6000.