JOIN US IN DALLAS: 2 OCT // 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Save the date and plan to attend the Early Career Networking Group Meeting at the ACRM 2018 Conference in Dallas. It’s a great opportunity to network with colleagues from all disciplines, meet your next mentor, collaborator, employer, or funder and learn how to participate in ACRM. Are you registered yet?
|CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES||ECNG NEWS|
|TASK FORCES||EARLY CAREER DEVELOPMENT COURSE|
|HOW TO JOIN||MENTOR AWARD|
|HOW TO PARTICIPATE||WILKERSON AWARD|
The mission of the Early Career Networking Group (ECNG) is to foster the development and advancement of early career professionals in the field of rehabilitation. We work together to tackle many of the common career development challenges. Our supportive network of peers provides the necessary resources and networking opportunities to promote successful career growth for rehabilitation researchers and clinicians.
The ACRM Annual Conference is the LARGEST interdisciplinary conference in the world for rehabilitation research.
Programming for Early Career Attendees
As Chair of the Early Career Networking Group, I’m excited about the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference coming to Dallas, Texas in September and wanted to share with you just a sample of the outstanding programming relevant to Early Career attendees. Be sure to explore the searchable Online Program for additional topics in your specific areas of interest.
See you in Dallas!
Early Career Development Course
30 SEP 2018 // 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Pearls, Possibilities & Pitfalls: Writing Successful Grants & Manuscript Submissions
The Early Career Development Course is a perennial favorite at ACRM that connects early career rehabilitation researchers with seasoned professionals who serve as mentors to answer specific questions regarding career development opportunities as mentees work towards a path to success with grant writing and scholarly publishing.
This year’s course will focus on how to write a successful manuscript and grant submissions. The course will provide opportunities to learn from journal editors, funding agency representatives, and distinguished scientists. Through didactic presentations, panel discussions, one-on-one networking, and small group discussions, the attendees will learn how to confront career development challenges with a specific focus on the pearls, possibilities, and pitfalls of writing successful grants and manuscripts.
ECNG EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
|CHAIR: Brooks Wingo, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
|CHAIR-ELECT: Open position
|PAST CHAIR: Megan Mitchell, PhD
Kansas City, KS
|SECRETARY: Monique R. Pappadis, MEd, PhD
University of Texas Medical Branch
2018 LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Are you interested in a leadership role with the Early Career Networking Group? The ECNG Executive Committee is looking for interested members to fill three positions. This is a great opportunity to take on a leadership role and build your professional network. Guidance and support will be provided by the current and past chairs. The committee will accept nominations through 15 July 2018. Please direct questions and nominations with CV to Early Career Networking Group Chair, Brooks Wingo.
The following leadership opportunities are open to all ACRM members in good standing. Those who serve a two-year Chair-Elect term will assume the role of Chair for two years, followed by Past-Chair for two years. Volunteer yourself or nominate great ACRM members you respect to help lead our esteemed organization.
ECNG Chair-Elect responsibilities include:
- Participate and help the chair with the bi-monthly executive committee meetings
- Support and help the ECNG chair with the ECNG organization and activities
- Help with the collaborations and communications between other ACRM networking groups, leadership, and staff
- Assist the chair in the planning of the business meeting at the ACRM Annual Meeting
Early Career Development Course Task Force Chair-Elect responsibilities include:
- Participate and help the chair with the bi-monthly executive committee meetings
- Participate and help the chair with planning the annual Early Career Development Course
- Support the ECNG and its related activities
- Attend and participate in the Early Career Development Course during the annual conference
- Act as a liaison to connect potential and existing ACRM early career and/or new attendees or members to ACRM community groups
Mentoring Task Force Chair-Elect responsibilities include:
- Participate and assist chair with executive committee meetings
- Assist with coordination of quarterly Ask the Mentor column in the ECNG quarterly e-newsletter
- Assist with coordination of mentors for the mentoring lunch during the Early Career Development Course at ACRM’s annual conference
- Assist the chair in developing the foundation of the ACRM mentoring program and in the recruitment and matching of mentors/mentees
- Assist the chair to develop and coordinate a mentoring training course at the annual conference and mid-year meeting.
GET INVOLVED IN EXCITING TASK FORCES
All task forces conduct regular monthly or bi-monthly meetings via conference calls. Please contact the designated task force chair for more information about meeting times and getting involved.
Early Career Development Course Task Force
CHAIR-ELECT: Open Position
PAST CHAIR: Monique Pappadis, MEd, PhD
This task force plans the full-day Early Career Development Course held each fall at the ACRM Annual Conference. Last year, the course focused on grantsmanship, with particular emphasis on career development and pilot /small project funding mechanisms.
Communications Task Force
CHAIR-ELECT: Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD
PAST CHAIR: Dawn Neumann, PhD
This task force gathers important announcements and information relevant to career development in the rehabilitation field and disseminates them through social media, eblasts, ACRM newsletters and the website. This includes information on grant resources and grant writing, job interviewing tips, work/ life balance, tips for promotion and tenure, getting started with research, initiating collaborations, finding good mentors and more. This task force also develops communications to help promote the ECNG and recruit members.
Mentoring Task Force
CHAIR-ELECT: Open position
PAST CHAIR: Brooks Wingo, PhD
The mission of this task force is to facilitate the development of mentoring relationships among rehabilitation professionals at varying stages in their career development through research, educational, and clinical collaborative opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the co-chairs.
HOW TO JOIN
One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups.
Click the JOIN NOW button to learn more or contact Member Services at +1.703.435.5335 for personal assistance.
Contact the Early Career Networking Group Chair, Brooks Wingo, PhD to learn more about this group or to become more specifically involved in a task force.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Now is the perfect time to join this important networking group and help shape its growth. Participate in one of our existing task forces or suggest a new one!
- Early Career Development Course Task Force
- Communications Task Force
- Mentoring Task Force
It is cliché, but true that as an early career professional, you are the future of rehabilitation and ACRM. Getting involved with the ECNG now is a worthwhile investment in that future – whether you are early or late in your career.
The ECNG will help with many challenging aspects of career development, such as:
- Preparing for job interviews, negotiating faculty positions or preparing for promotion and tenure
- Improving your grant writing skills, learning about grant mechanisms for new investigators, and how to get published
- Networking with renowned leaders in the field, or finding collaborative opportunities within a variety of rehabilitation disciplines
- How to become a more active and recognized member within ACRM
- Building strong leadership and team science skills
The ECNG seeks to provide assistance with all of these common career development challenges and help you build a professional network to support your early career exploration and direction. Networking group members will work together to share relevant announcements, resources, professional contacts, mentorship support, and informative discussions.
STEP UP TO A LEADERSHIP ROLE
Contact ECNG Chair, Brooks Wingo, PhD, to learn about the responsibilities and opportunities of serving in one of the following open positions in the ECNG leadership.
- ECNG Chair-Elect
- Early Career Development Course Task Force Chair-Elect
- Mentoring Task Force Chair-Elect
ACRM CONFERENCE MOMENTS
Career Development Task Force Opportunity
- Build your CV
- Make a meaningful difference
- You are warmly invited to join us…
WHO? early career and mid-career members
WHAT? Join the Early Career Development Course Task Force and actively participate in the planning of the 2018 Early Career Development Course. This course qualifies for continuing education credit (CME/CEUs).
HOW? Please contact Terri Compos, ACRM Community Relations Manager, for access to the monthly teleconference meetings and learn how to get involved.
ECNG RESOURCES & INFORMATION NEWSLETTER
One of the great benefits of joining the ECNG is the quarterly newsletter of early career resources and information. Check out the current issue and join the ECNG Membership to get involved and start receiving the information you need to advance your rehabilitation research career.
“How Does ACRM Help You?”
Douglas Katz, MD, FACRM, FAAN
Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital
ECNG Chair: Brooks Wingo
Membership Assistance: MemberServices@ACRM.org or +1.703.435.5335
“Building Leaders in Rehabilitation Research”
Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award
The Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award was established in 2016 to honor those who have significantly contributed through mentorship to the development of early career rehabilitation professionals, the Early Career Development Course and the Early Career Networking Group’s Mentoring Task Force.
The Early Career Networking Group is pleased to recognize Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM, with the 2018 Early Career Outstanding Mentor Award.
Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner has made many significant contributions to mentoring within the Early Career Networking Group and ACRM. As an established researcher in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and neurological disorders in rehabilitation, she has provided guidance and mentoring across the ECNG.
As a past chair of the Early Career Development Course Task Force, Dr. Hayner has been instrumental in building the course to its present program. Dr. Hayner incorporated many new ideas within the ECDC that have been very well received, allowing attendees of the course to network and discuss relevant topics within rehabilitation with some of the top mentors in the field.
Dr. Hayner has served on the ECNG Executive Committee from the group’s initiation and has not only provided mentorship to the leadership within the ECNG, but continuously pushes initiatives for mentoring within the ECNG and as a member of ACRM’s Board of Governors. She remains active in the ECNG, continuously mentoring Early Career individuals across all the task forces, providing guidance and mentorship to our leaders and serving the interests of our Early Career members.
The award will be presented to Dr. Hayner at the ACRM Annual Conference in Dallas, during the Early Career and First Time Attendee Welcome on 30 September.
2017: Theresa Pape, DrPH, MA, CCC-SLP/L, FACRM
Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award
Supported by CARF International
Congratulations to the 2018 Awardee
In 2018, ACRM recognized John Ross Rizzo, MD, MSCI for contributions to the field made during his early career work. Dr. Rizzo is an Assistant Professor at Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center. He will present the Deborah L. Wilkerson Award Lecture during the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas.
The Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award Supported by CARF International is given by ACRM to early career professionals who are making significant contributions in the field of rehabilitation. Recipients receive a plaque, monetary award, travel stipend, complimentary registration, and an opportunity to present at the ACRM Annual Conference. Learn more.
“Receiving the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award is a great honor. I highly value the scientific and clinical community within the Congress, and receiving recognition from this esteemed group of scientists and professionals is humbling and rewarding.”
–Elizabeth Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
“Receiving the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award was the most cherished honor that I have had in my career. This is because it was awarded by people in the field of rehabilitation that I truly respect and admire. I know that the Wilkerson awardees are carefully chosen to represent the spirit of Deb Wilkerson, who was a role model in providing holistic rehabilitation services and conducting meaningful research. Receipt of this award meant that my research was perceived as making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, which is the greatest honor one can receive.”
–Angelle Sander, PhD, FACRM, Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation