Navigating Early-Career Decisions for Residents and New Graduates: Success in Physiatry Practice



More information coming soon for our 2022 courses! 

Who Should Attend?

Physiatrists-in-training (in residency or in fellowship) and newly graduated physiatrists (1-3 years post-training).

What's It About?

This unique virtual conference is intended to help physiatrists in-training and newly graduated physiatrists navigate their career paths.


We’ll touch upon topics that are typically not taught in residency, including resume-building strategies, job search advice, interview techniques, contract negotiations and managing personal finances. We will also discuss fellowship and non-fellowship career options, as well as private practice, academic and non-clinical career options.


Attendees are invited to join directors and faculty for a pre-conference happy hour on Thursday, March 4 at 8 pm (ET). During this casual meet-and-greet, you'll have the chance to get to know each other while sipping on a cocktail or mocktail, depending on your preference! We'll be sending you a special recipe closer to the event. Keep an eye on your email after you register!

During the conference, participants will have more opportunities to build their professional networks. You'll be assigned Zoom* breakout rooms based on regional location, where you can create connections with faculty members in their area. Attendees who choose to submit their CVs for review will also receive feedback from different members of the faculty - it will be interesting to hear different perspectives!

Panel Q&A

At the end of each session, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to an esteemed panel of physiatrists from different practice settings, including private practice, academics, hospital-based practice, VA, medical-legal and non-medical.

Please join AAPM&R for this special affair, intended to help you make some of the most important decisions of your career.

*To ensure all functions can be used, we recommend all registrants upgrade to the latest version of Zoom. Zoom regularly provides new versions of the Zoom desktop client and mobile app to release new features and fix bugs. You can also check which version you're currently running.


  • Sarah K. Hwang, MD, FAAPMR from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • Francis J. Lopez, MD, MPH, FAAPMR from New York University School of Medicine

Sarah K. Hwang, MD, FAAPMR

“This course will be a great learning opportunity for those transitioning into their new role as a physician. You’ll gain insights to guide you in making important career decisions, and have the chance to network with other residents, early-career physiatrists and faculty from across the country. We hope you feel empowered after attending this course – to take the next step in your PM&R career with confidence!”—Sarah K. Hwang, MD, FAAPMR

Francis Lopez, MD, MPH

"In residency, practical aspects of our specialty and medicine in general are rarely taught.  After we graduate residency, we are expected to navigate our careers with little direction.  It is my hope that attendees learn important practical pearls to help them better maneuver their careers."—Francis Lopez, MD, MPH, FAAPMR


Topics subject to change.

Navigating Early-Career Decisions: Residents

Saturday, March 6, 11 am - 3 pm (ET)

  • Building Your Curriculum Vitae
  • Negotiating Your Contract: What You Need to Know
  • Career Pathways: Fellowship, Private Practice, or Academia?
  • Non-Traditional Work Options
  • Utilizing Social Media in Your Practice
  • Starting A Private Practice for Dummies
  • Words of Wisdom Panel

View Residents Edition Full Agenda

Navigating Early-Career Decisions: New Graduates

Saturday, March 13, 11 am - 3 pm (ET)

  • The Power of Networking 
  • Personal Finances
  • Advocacy
  • Marketing Your Practice
  • Developing Leadership Skills
  • Incorporating Learners Into Your Clinical Practice
  • Words of Wisdom Panel

View New Graduates Edition Full Agenda


Subject to change.

Saturday, March 6

  • Sara J. Cuccurullo, MD, FAAPMR
  • Prakash S. Jayabalan, MD, PhD, FAAPMR
  • Diana M. Molinares-Mejia, MD, FAAPMR
  • Alex Moroz, MD, FAAPMR
  • Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD, FAAPMR
  • Annie D. Purcell, DO, FAAPMR
  • Cynthia L. Racine, MD
  • Virtaj Singh, MD, FAAPMR
  • Jaspal Ricky Singh, MD, FAAPMR
  • Brandee Waite, MD, FAAPMR
Learn more about our expert faculty here

Saturday, March 13

  • David S. Cheng, MD, FAAPMR
  • Brett A. Gerstman, MD, FAAPMR
  • Nneka L. Ifejika, MD, MPH, FAAPMR
  • Keneshia M. Kirksey, MD, FAAPMR
  • Matthew McLaughlin, MD, FAAPMR
  • Jacqueline D. Neal, MD, MSE, FAAPMR
  • Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, FAAPMR
  • Eric M. Wisotzky, MD, FAAPMR
Learn more about our expert faculty


Members: Free

Nonmembers: $150 non-refundable reservation fee

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Feedback from Past Attendees

“I thought the early-career course was excellent. I really enjoyed the day and I learned a lot that I will be applying in the near future.” – Past Attendee

“Anyone considering attending the course should absolutely attend. The networking with other early-career physiatrists, as well as with those running the course, is excellent. And all of the various things I learned throughout the day really reaches far beyond what I expected. I would even consider attending the course again.” – Past Attendee

“I thought the course was incredibly monumental to help advance my career.” – Past Attendee

“I definitely think this is a great course for the senior resident physicians and early career physicians who want a refresher in how to navigate their career or just helping senior residents understand how to plan their career in the next few years.” – Past Attendee

“I feel the early career decisions course was informative and would give all residents the basic foundation for future practice success.” – Past Attendee

“As a new attending building an outpatient general PM&R practice from the ground up, I could not have asked for a better experience.” – Past Attendee

“These are topics that are rarely covered by residency programs, so it’s a great resource for physiatrists who are early in their careers to get a 'lay of the land.'” – Past Attendee

Please contact with any questions.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

We appreciate their support of the Navigating Early-Career Decisions for Residents and New Graduates: Success in Physiatry Practice Course!

Primary Sponsors: 

encompass            Merz_final


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