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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 how to get involved. 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

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.

Early Career Communications Task Force

This task force gathers and disseminates important information relevant to career development in the rehabilitation field, including resources on grants and scientific writing; Jobs, Promotion and Tenure; Mentorship; Leadership; Work life balance; Professional Service membership; and News for Clinicians (see below link on This Quarter’s Career Development Resources). Resources are mostly identified through the Internet; however, members from our group also volunteer to write original articles offering tips and advice on various early career topics from their own experiences. We disseminate information in our Quarterly ECNG e-Newsletters and ACRM’s Rehabilitation Outlook. We welcome new members – so please email Dawn Neumann if you are interested in joining our Task Force. We hold conference calls every other month, but many of our members contribute mostly through email exchanges.

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. 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 task force or becoming a mentor for the column, please contact Dr. Wingo.

Early Career Physicians Task Force

This task force is currently expanding into a larger ACRM networking group, the Physicians and Clinicians Networking Group. However, this larger networking group will continue to have an Early Career Physician Task Force. The focus of the new networking group as a whole will be to:

  1. Promote interdisciplinary and inter-professional research and programmatic development
  2. Provide platform for networking and mentoring for clinicians and physicians
  3. Provide information on what is happening across ACRM
  4. Identify resources important to clinicians and physicians at ACRM.

Participation in the group is a great opportunity to network across ACRM. We are looking for new members and individuals to be part of the executive committee to guide the direction of the group. Please email Dr. Brad Kurowski if you would like to be involved in the group.

If you are interested in an executive committee role please let us know too. We are looking to fill roles for co-chairs-elect (2 or 3 people), communications officer (1 or 2 people), and early career networking group liaison (1 or 2 people). Happy to discuss roles in more detail with those who are interested. For more information, contact Dr. Brad Kurowski.