May 01, 2020 - Resources

Get Involved! ABPMR Volunteer Opportunities

Do you ever wonder who the ABPMR board directors are or what's driving the board's current decisions? Do you have time to give back to the specialty and want to be part of work that is shaping the future of physiatry?

Get involved and volunteer for the ABPMR!

"The board and staff really get to know our volunteers, both as practitioners and as people," says Carolyn Kinney MD, ABPMR Executive Director. "As we work together, not only do our volunteers get a better understanding of who we are and what we do, but the opposite is true as well. We pride ourselves on maintaining a volunteer pool with a wide diversity of practice areas, geographic locations, and personal backgrounds. Our volunteers help broaden our understanding of the field as a whole."

Click here to view the ABPMR Examination Volunteer Policy, which covers requirements for exam volunteers.

Below are the current volunteer opportunities with information on prerequisites (in addition to those listed in the policy linked above) and how to submit your name for consideration. Once you submit your information, know that volunteer needs vary throughout the year and ABPMR staff will be in touch once an opportunity arises.

Part II Examination Oral Examiners

A great place to start your ABPMR volunteer experience, Part II examiners help to administer the Part II Examination. Must be ABPMR diplomate in good standing; participating in MOC; 5 years or greater past initial certification.
Sign in to your abpmr.org account and look for the volunteer form on your Physician Home Page; indicate "Part II examiner" in comments.

LA-PM&R Item Writers

We are still actively recruiting item writers willing to help us develop a continual supply of new items for the Longitudinal Assessment for PM&R (LA-PM&R) platform. Must be ABPMR diplomate in good standing; participating in MOC.
Sign in to your abpmr.org account and look for the volunteer form on your Physician Home Page; indicate "LA-PM&R" in comments

Examination Item/Vignette Writers

Write assigned examination questions and participate in peer review process. Requirements listed per examination below. Sign up by filling out the volunteer form and indicating clinical specialty area and relevant certifications.

Part I Examination: ABPMR diplomate in good standing; participating in MOC; 5 years or greater past initial certification

Part II Examination (vignette writers): ABPMR diplomate in good standing; participating in MOC; 5 years or greater past initial certification; must have completed one three-year term as a Part II examiner

Brain Injury Medicine (BIM) Examination: ABPMR diplomate in good standing; currently certified in BIM; 5 years or greater past initial certification; participating in MOC

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) Examination: ABPMR diplomate in good standing; currently certified in PRM; 5 years or greater past initial certification; participating in MOC

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (SCIM) Examination: ABPMR diplomate in good standing; currently certified in SCIM; 5 years or greater past initial certification; participating in MOC

Sign in to your abpmr.org account and look for the volunteer form on your Physician Home Page; indicate clinical specialty area and certifications in comments.

ABPMR Diplomate Advisory Group

Sign up to be contacted more regularly with surveys, user testing opportunities, and provide requested feedback on ABPMR programs and policies. Must be diplomate in good standing; participating in MOC.

Sign up for MOC Diplomate Advisory Group


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