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Message from ECNG Chair, Dr. Alison Cogan


Dear ECNG Members,

I hope you are all safe and healthy. So much has changed in the months since our last newsletter. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do almost everything. In addition, protests against racism around the world have increased our collective focus on social justice issues. The goal of this community is to provide a supportive network of peers and necessary resources to advance the career growth of rehabilitation researchers and clinicians. I would love to hear from you about how your support needs have changed in the current circumstances and ideas about how the ECNG can meet them.

The ACRM 2020 Annual Conference next month will be all VIRTUAL! This is an exciting new way to attend the conference and may make it more accessible if you have not been able to travel to in-person meetings in

the past. An amazing bonus of the virtual program is that attendees will have access to recorded content through June 2021 – imagine the CEUs! Check out the searchable Online Program and registration details and plan to join us!

Even during pandemic lockdowns, the Early Career Networking Group has remained quite busy this spring.

  • Early Career Development Course Task Force: Dr. Amy Herrold and her team have created an excellent program for the 2020 Annual Conference. We hope you will join us in real time for this interactive virtual course. Check out the excellent lineup here.
  • Mentoring Task Force: Dr. Tolu Oyesanya continues to collaborate with interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIGs) and networking groups (NGs) across ACRM to develop customized mentor matching programs.
  • Communications Task Force: Task Force Chair, Nuri Erkut Kucukboyaci, PhD coordinates and edits this newsletter. New contributors are always welcome!
  • Career Development Corner Webinar Series: We continue to host quarterly webinars with top notch presenters, most recently the editors of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation! Click here for information about upcoming webinars and recordings of previous events.

We welcome all members to get involved with any of our task forces. Please contact either me or the task force chair if you are interested.

Take care, wear a mask, and wash your hands!

My best,
Alison M. Cogan, PhD, OTR/L
CHAIR, ACRM Early Career Development Course
Washington DC VA Medical Center