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New members are welcome and encouraged to join us no matter what career stage you are!  Find a task force you are interested in and contact the task force chair to learn about ways to participate. Also, please see below for executive positions we are seeking to fill.

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. Our supportive network of peers provides the necessary resources and networking opportunities to promote successful career growth for rehabilitation researchers and clinicians. 


Monique Pappadis

Chair: Monique Pappadis

Early Career Development Course Task Force

This task force plans the full-day Early Career Development Course held each fall at the ACRM Annual Conference. If you want to get involved with the Task Force for next year, contact Dr. Monique Pappadis.



Alison Cogan

Chair: Alison Cogan

Early Career Communications Task Force

This task force gathers and disseminates important information relevant to career development in the rehabilitation field. Our main product is the ECNG newsletter. Our members volunteer to be in charge of certain sections of the newsletter. We are always looking for new and active members. The following are sections of the newsletter that you can contribute to (and will get recognition for in our newsletter!):

  • ACRM Conference updates
  • ECNG updates
  • ACRM ISIG and NG updates
  • Ask the Mentor Column (collaborative efforts between Mentoring and Communication TFs)
  • Research Spotlight on ACRM members—be in the Spotlight or help find colleagues to be in the Spotlight!
  • Original articles written by our members on early career development topics—write your own article and boost your CV (yes, you can include these articles as non-peer reviewed articles in your CV)! These articles also often get included in ACRM’s Rehabilitation Outlook newsletter (see this issue’s article on How to prepare for a conference).
  • Career Development Resources—Search the web and find links to important resources to share in our newsletter. We are always looking for great resources for the following career development categories: Grants; Jobs / Promotion; Mentoring; Leadership; Work-life balance; Clinician Corner; and Conference Tips (see below link on This Quarter’s Career Development Resources.

The time commitment is relatively small but hugely rewarding! We hold 1-hour conference calls every other month, but many of our members contribute through email exchanges. Please email the Task Force Chair, Dr. Alison Cogan, if you are interested in joining.


Brooks Wingo

Chair: Brooks Wingo

Mentoring Task Force

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. The Mentoring Task Force has been busy planning the 3rd annual mentoring lunch for the Early Career Development Course in Atlanta. The mentoring lunch allows course attendees to engage in a small group discussion with mid and senior career researchers and clinicians on a broad range of mentoring topics including clinical trials management, industry collaborations, grant writing, and work/life balance. The mentoring lunch is included in the registration fee for the Early Career Development Course. One of our current projects is to get questions and answers for the Ask the Mentor column, which is published in the ECNG Quarterly E-newsletter. Check out this month’s column! We will be focusing on a variety of common early career issues and concerns. So, if you need some advice, please submit your questions to the Task Force Chair, Dr. Brooks Wingo, and we will get those questions answered! Also, if you are interested in joining our TF or becoming a mentor for the column, please contact our Mentoring Task Force Chair, Dr. Brooks Wingo.


Brad Kurowski

Brad Kurowski

Early Career Physicians Task Force

Early Career Physicians Task Force is now part of the ACRM Physicians and Clinicians Networking Group. However, this larger networking group will continue to have an Early Career Physicians Task Force. For more information, contact Dr. Brad Kurowski.

Open Executive Position for the Early Career Networking Group!

Are you looking to get more involved in the field of rehabilitation? Are you looking to build your resume or fulfill your service requirements for tenure? Or are you ready to network with some of the top professionals in the field? The Early Career Networking Group (ECNG) has a position available that could help you achieve any of these goals!!! Involvement in these positions, especially in the early stages of your career, can provide you with important skills, connections and personal growth.


Brooks Wingo

Brooks Wingo

ECNG Mentoring Task Force Chair-Elect

We are looking for a Chair-elect for the Mentoring task force. The Chair-elect will take office in October, 2017 and serve for one year before becoming Chair of the task force in October 2018.  Current task force projects include the mentoring lunch, coordinating the Ask the Mentor column for the ECNG newsletter, and coordinating the Outstanding Mentor award presented at the ACRM annual meeting.  We also have other programs, including a mentor match program, which are currently in the planning phase. If you are passionate about continuing to build the mentoring opportunities available for early career members of ACRM and are looking for a way to get more involved, please contact Brooks Wingo for more information.