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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.

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. 

Early Career Development Course Task Force

Early Career Development Course at ACRM Conference

A warm invitation is sent to our Early Career Members & Mid-Career Members with an opportunity to build your CV by joining the Early Career Development Course Task Force and actively participating in the planning of the 2018 Early Career Development Course Program (CME/CEU qualifying). Please contact Terri Compos if you are interested in attending our monthly teleconference meetings.

Early Career Communications Task Force

Alison Cogan

Chair: Alison Cogan

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. These articles also often get included in ACRM’s Rehabilitation Outlook newsletter.
  • 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

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.


Mentoring Task Force

Megan Mitchell

Chair: Megan Mitchell

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. Megan Mitchell, and we will get those questions answered!

Also, if you are interested in joining the Mentoring Task Force or becoming a mentor for the column, please contact Mentoring Task Force Chair, Dr. Megan Mitchell.


Early Career Physicians Task Force

Brad Kurowski

The 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 Physician Task Force. For more information, contact Dr. Brad Kurowski.


Open Executive Positions 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 positions 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. Look for information on nominations in early 2018 for the following positions:

  • ECNG Chair-elect
  • ECNG Mentoring Task Force Chair-elect
  • ECNG Early Career Development Course Chair-elect