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Leadership Institute

Boldly Advancing Physiatric Leadership Skills

Based on member insights from the Visioning PM&R BOLD initiative as well as an extensive needs assessment incorporating feedback from the full membership, it became evident that our members want training and leadership skills to help them thrive in the new health care landscape. To help members advance their leadership skills and position themselves for success, the Academy has launched the AAPM&R Leadership Institute, which provides multiple pathways to develop physiatry-focused leadership skills for all experience levels. 


As the national medical specialty organization for PM&R physicians, AAPM&R is best positioned to supply members with physiatry-focused leadership education to elevate their practices and support physiatry’s value in medicine. The AAPM&R Leadership Institute prepares physiatrists to step into leadership roles and new opportunities by providing comprehensive PM&R-focused training that includes personal readiness, communication skills, business management/administration, and environment/politics. By participating in the Leadership Institute, physiatrists will be armed and ready to assume positions of influence in a variety of practice settings across all areas of medicine, to help advance the specialty.

Explore the 4 available pathways below to learn more and sign up to advance your leadership skills today! 


Business and Administration Program


We've partnered with Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University to provide top-notch business and administration training for physiatrists. This program includes 2 intensive courses.

Online Modules


We've partnered with the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) to provide digital leadership advancement through 8 online modules, hand-selected with physiatrists' needs in mind. 

Future Leaders Program


The Future Leaders Program (formerly the Academy Leadership Program) is a 2-year immersive program that trains emerging member leaders and helps prepare them to lead the Academy and the specialty. 

STEP PM&R Leadership Certificates

The PM&R Leadership Certificate Programs will help participants of the Business & Administration Program take their skills to the next level by applying what they’ve learned in practice. Take the extra step and earn your certificate!

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"In the current health care climate, physiatrists must be willing to step into leadership positions to assure appropriate level of care transitions for patients and to ensure that vital physiatric skills are incorporated into patient-centered pathways for all areas of PM&R specialization. We are very excited that the Leadership Institute is being designed to speak directly to physiatric needs for postacute rehabilitation, musculoskeletal/pain practices, and individual practices in every community. Leadership training designed for physiatrists by physiatrists.
         - Kathleen R. Bell, MD, FAAPMR, Leadership Institute Program Director



"For the good of our patients and our practices, physiatrists must prepare themselves to be impactful leaders in the acute/post-acute care continuum redesign brought about by the inexorable move to pay-for-value. Having a meaningful voice “at the table” requires critical sets of knowledge and skills that are just not taught in our training. So we are excited that the Academy has designed the Leadership Institute to meet your individual leadership needs – from private practitioner to hospital executive. Join the journey to becoming an even more effective physiatrist leader, for your patients, yourself, and our field." 
         - William A. Adair III, MD, FAAPMR, Leadership Institute Program Director




AAPM&R is thrilled to be training the future Innovators & Influencers™ of our specialty.