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Early Career Development Course Keynote Speakers Michael Boninger and Edelle Field-Fote

PI or Not PI? That is the Question: Developing Your Research Identity in a Collaborative Culture of Team Science

Don’t miss this course!

This is a rare opportunity to advance your career. This rock-star line-up has rehabilitation leaders from top institutions all in one room, all to help YOU and a few others. This is an intimate, full-day course and workshop designed to help your career flourish. Come to network, to learn from top mentors and colleagues, to get inspired, and to take charge of your career. It’s all here in a warm, cooperative, friendly setting.


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TUE, 1 NOV // 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

*Continuing Education Credit is not available for this course.


Designed to provide an ideal venue for connecting with seasoned professionals, this annual course has become a conference favorite of early career attendees seeking answers and advice to guide career decisions. With particular focus on career development issues relevant to early career researchers, this program comprises didactic presentation, panel discussion, one-on-one networking, and small group discussions.

Monique Pappadis

This year’s course was organized by the Early Career Development Course Task Force, chaired by Monique R. Pappadis, MEd, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston



Early career researchers, clinician scientists, and clinicians interested in starting a research agenda will find the course especially beneficial. Attendees range from graduate students nearing the completion of their degree, to postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty. The course program changes annually, enabling attendees to enjoy a unique and informative experience year after year.



The 2016 course program will be focused on helping our attendees develop their research identity while forming collaborative relationships and teams, enhancing team communication, preventing conflicts, giving and sharing credit in publications and grants, balancing individual and team pursuits for tenure and promotion and increasing productivity.



Perils, Pitfalls and Possibilities: What to Look Out for in Your Early Career


Michael Boninger

Michael Boninger


Edelle Field-Fote

Edelle Field-Fote


The morning program will begin with a keynote continental breakfast with Michael Boninger, MD and Edelle Field-Fote, PhD, PT  presenting, Perils, Pitfalls and Possibilities: What to Look Out for in Your Early Career.

Dr. Boninger is director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and author of five US patents. He is renowned for his extensive research on spinal cord injury, assistive technology, and overuse injuries, particularly those associated with manual wheelchair propulsion.

Dr. Field-Fote is a leading neuroscientist and director of spinal cord injury research at Shepherd Center. She is internationally renowned for her work in motor recovery after spinal cord injury.


2015 Early Career Development Course Participants


A panel discussion on tenure and promotion will follow. Yi-Ting Tzen from the University of Illinois Chicago will moderate a panel of experts, including Jonathan Bean, MD, MS, MPH; Anne Deutsch, PhD, RN, FACRM; Claire Kalpakjian, PhD, MS; Theresa Pape, DrPH, MA, CCC-SLP/L, FACRM and Elliot Roth, MD discussing sharing and giving recognition in team science.


Participants will break out into small groups to explore strategies for Addressing the Challenges of Team Science. This is a great opportunity to learn from the experiences of your colleagues, receive guidance from seasoned professionals and engage in team problem-solving.



A Mentoring Lunch will offer participants the opportunity to discuss various career development topics with a course mentor in a small group setting. A  boxed-lunch will be provided. Topics will address challenges to Team Science, such as:

  • Forming collaborations and networking
  • Working towards independence with large datasets
  • Team science: Building research teams, conflict management, leadership
  • Time management
  • What makes a good grant application?
  • Transitioning: Student to postdoc to junior faculty to independent researcher
  • Choosing a mentor
  • Getting started in clinical trials
  • Job negotiations
  • Work-life balance



Following lunch, representatives of NIDILRR, Veteran Affairs, NIH, PCORI and selected foundations will present News You Can Use on funding. A panel of early career research fellows will also share the challenges and successes they experienced while working towards independence.

Panelists include:

  • Dawn Neumann, PhD
  • Prudence Plummer, PhD, PT
  • Nathalia Jimenez, MD, MPH
  • Maria Chang Swartz, PhD, MPH, RD, LD



Lastly, attendees will participate in their choice of four breakout sessions led by mid-career and senior rehabilitation scientists, including:

  • Getting started in Clinical Trials with Flora Hammond, MD, FACRM and Tessa Hart, PhD, FACRM
  • Productive Writing with Stephanie Kolakowsky-Hayner, PhD, CBIST, FACRM and Anne Deutsch, PHD, RN, FACRM
  • Biosketches with Edelle Field-Fote, PhD, PT
  • Publishing in Team Science with Jeffrey R. Basford, MD, PhD


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The course will conclude with an introduction to ACRM leadership and chairs of the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIGs) and networking groups. This is an outstanding networking opportunity and a chance to learn more about the work of ACRM and how to get involved. Then adjourn to the EXPO hall for more networking and a cash bar reception.


Early Career Development Course Testimonial by Valerie Hill


Successful scholars all become successful in different ways. The challenge is to find what fits your passion and personality on the journey to scholarly success.


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