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The ACRM Physicians and Clinicians Networking Group (PCNG) was developed to create resources and networks that will help physicians and clinicians in academics and clinical leadership to develop interdisciplinary research and promote research translation that supports the highest quality clinical care in rehabilitation. Potential resources may include educational courses presented at the ACRM Annual Conference, webinars, review papers and/or specific projects agreed upon or of interest to its members.



To create resources and networks that will help physicians and clinicians in academics and clinical leadership to develop interdisciplinary research and promote research translation that supports the highest quality clinical care in rehabilitation. Potential resources may include ACRM Annual Conference courses, webinars, review papers and or specific projects that are agreed upon, or of interest to the members.



Seeking collaborators for ACRM Conference presentations

Several members of the Physicians and Clinicians Networking Group are seeking collaborators to co-present symposia or instructional courses at the ACRM 2019 Annual Conference in Chicago. Proposal submission deadlines are fast approaching: Instructional Course proposals due 7 December; Symposia due 12 December. Please review the following topics under development and contact the organizer to participate.

  1. Inclusive Health – with patients who have intellectual disabilities
    Organizer: Priya Chandan, MD
  2. Interdisciplinary/Team Training – Development of skills for working in an interdisciplinary team. Potential collaborators could be people in education, residency directors, leadership of large organizations, etc.
    Organizer: Gerasimos Bastas, MD, PhD
  3. Responsible Social Media Use for Health Care Providers
    Organizer: Brad Kurowski, MD


Joe Rosenthal's Instructional Course and Symposia picks for Physicians and Clinicians

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Joe’s Picks

Here are just a few highlights of the special sessions of interest to clinicians and physicians coming soon to the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas. Check out Joe’s Picks, a list of Instructional Courses and Symposia suggested by Physicians & Clinicians Networking Group Chair, Joe Rosenthal, MD, or search the Online Program for all sessions focused on clinical practice.




ACRM Instructional Course 25

IC25: Interprofessional Care for the Chronic Pain Population: Lessons From an Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Program


This pre-conference instructional course seeks to accomplish three primary objectives: 1) describe the importance of interprofessionalism in clinical care, 2) discuss best practices for integrating team members of varied disciplines to enhance team effectiveness and improve patient outcomes and 3) identify at least 2 strategies that can be used to optimize clinical outcomes through interprofessionalism in your specific setting. The structure of the workshop will include lecture driven education, small group activity, and question and answer section that will actively engage the audience to enhance translation of skills to each participants work environment and discipline. Learn More >>


FEATURED SESSION: Eisenberg ACRM Conference 2018 DALLAS


Teaching Kitchens as Learning Laboratories for Rehab Patients & Their Medical Providers


In an era when rates of obesity, diabetes, and other lifestyle-related diseases challenge medical educators and governments worldwide, it is necessary to consider novel educational strategies, both didactic and experiential, whereby current and future health professionals can be better prepared to proactively advise and teach patients enhanced self-care skills (e.g., diet, movement, stress management, and enhanced behavioral change). Learn More >>


Neuroplasticity Special Symposium with Dr. Youssef Ezzyat

Closed-Loop Stimulation of Temporal Cortex Improves Memory


Memory failures are known to result from fluctuations in neural activity during encoding of new information. One approach to improving memory is through direct modulation of brain activity with electrical stimulation. Previous efforts have reported inconsistent effects when using open-loop stimulation, often targeting the hippocampus and medial temporal lobes. In this symposium, we describe the use of a closed-loop system to monitor, decode, and stimulate neural activity from direct brain recordings in humans. Learn More >>


Brucker International Special Symposium

BRUCKER INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL SYMPOSIUM: Ears, Eyes and Mind: The SENSE-Cog Project to Promote Well-Being for Elderly Europeans


Seven in ten Europeans over the age of 65 suffer either sight or hearing loss and over two-thirds suffer depression and other mental illnesses. Dementia and cognitive impairment steadily rise in prevalence over the age of 65 to the point where almost one-third of Europeans at the age of 90 are affected. Thus, the overlap amongst sensory, cognitive and mental ill health is substantial and all three impact significantly on each other, resulting in a crucible of ‘multi-morbidity‘. Importantly, hearing and vision impairment are potentially reversible causes of mental and cognitive ill health; however, despite this overlap of morbidities, the gaps and fragmentation in understanding of the area are significant. This results in lost opportunities to foster mental well-being in elderly people.

The SENSE-Cog programme will contribute to the solution through collaborative research with a trans-EU, multi-disciplinary team. Learn More >>




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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. Contact a co-chair to learn more about this group and ways to participate.

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Joseph RosenthalChair: Joe Rosenthal, MD, MPH
Assistant professor
Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation


Min Jeong ParkChair-Elect: Min Jeong Park, MD
Assistant Professor and Staff Physician, Traumatic Brain Injury Program, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hennepin County Medical Center/University of Minnesota Medical School
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Brad KurowskiPast Co-Chair: Brad Kurowski, MD, MS
Associate Professor and Director, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
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Andrew DennisonPast Co-Chair: Andrew Dennison, MD
Medical Director of Acquired Brain Injury and staff physiatrist
Shepherd Center
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Sheryl Katta-CharlesCommunications Officer: Sheryl Katta-Charles, MD
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
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Deepan KamarajEarly Career Networking Group Liaison: Deepan C. Kamaraj, MD, MS, PhD candidate
Research Associate, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
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Stephanie RouchCongratulations to Stephanie Rouch, recipient of the best physicians and clinicians poster presented at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.

Examining the Effect of Receiving Strategy Training Intervention on Usual Care Practice
Stephanie Rouch, MOT, University of Pittsburgh; Elizabeth R. Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L, University of Pittsburgh