GET INVOLVED! ECNG TASK FORCE INFORMATION
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.
Social Media Officer
Several ACRM networking groups are seeking a volunteer to fill the role of Social Media Officer for their group. Becoming the social media officer or point person for your group would mean you are the person from the group who can make more informed posts, posts that speak to the group about relevant ACRM Conference content, Archives of PM&R papers, and other things of interest to that group’s members.
- Physicians and Clinicians Networking Group
- Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group
- Limb Restoration Rehabilitation Networking Group
- Arts and Neuroscience Networking Group
- Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group
We have had many questions about what is involved in the Social Medial officer position and how to get started. To start:
- You could retweet ACRM social media team tweets. Check out the interactive ACRM Social Media page and follow the Twitter account for your group.
- It is also a good idea to follow ACRM President, Deborah Backus, who tweets regularly promoting all things ACRM at https://twitter.com/DrBackus
- Share articles from the weekly member newsletter, ACRM eNews, related to your group
- Post about your group’s Information/Education Pages (IEPs) published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Share Annual Conference presentations from the online program related to your group
- Strive to post a minimum of twice per week
- Members are always looking for informative content, not just promotion of ACRM. Potential topics of interest include:
- New research papers published
- Members’ accomplishments, e.g., obtaining a grant, promotion, award
- Opportunities to participate in task force projects
- Just tweet and the ACRM Social Media Team will retweet what you post. Or you can forward a post to the social media team and they will tweet for you and you can retweet.
Early Career Liaison for the Stroke ISIG
The Early Career Liaison will be responsible for integrating the Early Career group activities with the Stroke ISIG and fostering collaborations. This includes a monthly conference call as part of the Stroke ISIG leadership. Please contact Pamela Roberts to learn more and volunteer.
Multiple Leadership Positions Available
The Physicians and Clinicians Networking Group (PCNG) was developed to support physician and clinician members by creating resources to fulfill their academic, clinical, and leadership responsibilities. The goal is to make sure their needs are being met within the organization. Members of the group are actively involved in developing content for the annual meeting as well as the ACRM Training Institute. Many members are also actively involved in leadership positions throughout ACRM. The group holds bi-monthly phone calls.
OPEN PCNG POSITIONS
- Chair (or co-chair)
- Early Career Liaison
This is an excellent opportunity to get actively involved in ACRM in a leadership role. In these positions, you will be able to interact with ACRM Leadership, developing relationships with leaders in our field across the country. Furthermore, this is an excellent CV builder because of your involvement in an international professional rehabilitation organization. Time commitment is very reasonable. You will be well supported as the current officers will continue to be actively involved in the group and ACRM has multiple support staff members who are always available to assist and answer questions. Check out the PCNG webpage to find out more. If you are interested in joining the PCNG leadership, please contact the chair, Joe Rosenthal, MD, MPH.
MORE LEADERSHIP POSITIONS OPEN
- The SCI-ISIG is seeking a Chair-Elect. Please contact Jeanne Zanca
- The Pain Rehabilitation Networking Group is looking for a Chair-Elect and Secretary. Please contact LaDonna C. Saxon.
- The Limb Restoration Rehabilitation Networking Group is looking for a Secretary. Please contact Prateek Grover.
- The Stroke-ISIG is looking for an International Liaison. Please contact Mark Kovic.
Early Career Networking Group Opportunities
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
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 2019 Early Career Development Course Program (CME/CEU qualifying). Please contact Terri Compos if you are interested in attending our monthly teleconference meetings.
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.
- 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; and Clinician Corner; 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 on a quarterly basis, but many of our members contribute through email exchanges. Please email the Task Force Chair, Dr. Ekaterina Dobryakova if you are interested in joining.
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. So, if you need some advice, submit your questions to the Task Force Chair, Dr. Megan Mitchell, and we will get those questions answered! Please also contact Dr. Mitchell if you are interested in joining our task force or becoming a mentor for the column.