Call for Session Proposals 


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 2022 Annual Assembly, being held October 20-23 and virtually. ALL submissions are due by January 19. 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 review committee(s) view all disclosures in a blinded fashion in order to ensure we have a fair and balanced program.

Deadline for Proposal Submissions: January 19, 2022

Please read this information carefully to understand the 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 #AAPMR22 is Leading the Way.

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 or 75 minute symposia should focus on clinical or practice topics. A 60 or 75 minute presentation should include a brief question and answer segment. All sessions will be offered live, in-person in Baltimore.
  • Extended Interactive Symposia Sessions—these 90-minute structured symposia focuses on clinical or practice topics that allow faculty to divide participants into groups. These sessions should encourage active learning methods through small group audience participation and discussions. These sessions are not intended or outlined to use industry equipment nor provide product demonstrations. 
  • Learning Center Sessions—these demonstration only sessions provide interactive learning experiences focused on fundamental and emerging skills. These demonstrations should be planned for a free-flowing audience in the PM&R Pavilion. The Program Planning Committee outlines the time allotment based on the overall session plan and the overall educational program.
  • 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 with a mix of genders, experience level, provider types e.g. Advanced Practice Providers, and 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.

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.

Faculty Participation

All faculty are expected to be in-person for the 2022 Annual Assembly in Baltimore. Specific sessions will be held virtually, faculty for those sessions will be both live, in-person and be streamed to participants. In addition, the AAPM&R has a vaccination requirement, please read below.

AAPM&R Vaccine Policy

AAPM&R is committed to safeguarding the health and well-being of its members, staff, consultants/contractors, vendors, exhibitors, faculty, attendees, and guests.

AAPM&R mandates full COVID-19 vaccination as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention* and proof thereof as a condition of:

  • in-person presence at the National Office
  • in-person participation in all Academy-hosted meetings and gatherings, regardless of purpose or location
  • in-person participation in all Academy-hosted educational courses and events

In addition, participants may be asked to verify that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms, wear a mask, and adhere to other safety protocols in accordance with federal and/or local recommendations and guidelines when applicable. This policy does not apply to virtual participation.

While the Academy will continue to host virtual events, some events may not have a viable virtual alternative and may only be available and/or presented in-person.


This policy is subject to change at any time.

Reimbursement/Travel Expenses Information

AAPM&R does not waive meeting registration fees, nor reimburse travel and/or housing expenses for AAPM&R members and non-member physiatrists attending or speaking during the Annual Assembly. 

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 2022 Clinical/Practice AA Session Builder Form to help you compose your answers for clinical and practice symposia submission questions. To assist in devising labs or hands on demonstrations, download the 2022 Skills Lab AA Session 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.

Deadline for Proposal Submissions: January 19, 2022


Email or call (847) 737-6000.