2019 Early Career Development Course Recap
By ECDC Past Chair, Reza Ehsanian, MD, PhD; Chair, Amy Herrold, PhD and Past Chair, Monique Pappadis, PhD
The Early Career Development Course (ECDC) Task Force recently transitioned the Chair position and we are excited to introduce our new Chair, Amy A. Herrold, PhD. During the 2019-2021 year, Dr. Herrold will work with past chairs, Reza Ehsanian, MD, PhD and Monique Pappadis, PhD, and the other ECDC planning committee members to help plan the 2020 course in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Herrold assumed her new role as chair at the close of the 2019 ECDC and will serve a 2-year term.
The 2019 ECDC was a great success thanks to all of the hard work by the planning committee members. The course theme was “Promoting Your Research to Secure Collaborators, Funding, and Career Advancement.” The course aimed to promote tools to help participants promote themselves and their science. This year’s keynote speaker was a nationally-recognized clinician-researcher and winner of the ACRM Excellence in Cancer Rehabilitation Award, Dr. Julie K. Silver, who presented on “Opportunities to Advance the Dissemination and Implementation of Rehabilitation Research”.
Participants were exposed to multiple mediums to market themselves and their body of work. Participants had the opportunity to hear from and work in small groups with Sandra Kletzel, PhD, this year’s ACRM Women in Neurodegenerative Diseases Award winner, as well as Angela Colantonio, PhD, OT. Reg. (Ont.), this year’s ACRM Women in Rehabilitation Science Award recipient. The course gave participants the opportunity to interact with and be mentored by these award winners as well as rising stars and senior leaders in the ACRM community. As we move forward into the new year we welcome new and seasoned ACRM members to help make the 2020 ECDC another huge success!