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The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is pleased to announce the election of a new director. Lawrence R Robinson MD will begin his first six-year term on August 1, 2009.
Dr. Robinson completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago / Northwestern University. After spending three years on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, he was recruited to the University of Washington (UW) as assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In 2000, Dr Robinson was appointed Professor and Chair of the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In 2005, Dr Robinson was appointed Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs for the UW School of Medicine, and in 2006 he moved to the latter position full-time.
Dr Robinson was awarded the 2004 Distinguished Academician Award by the Association of Academic Physiatrists and the 2005 Distinguished Researcher Award by the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). He has worked with the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) since 1991 serving as an examination committee member, chair of the examination committee, and chair of the Maintenance of Certification committee. He currently serves as Chair of ABEM.
On March 18, 2008, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approved the ABPMR request to extend the temporary criteria for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) subspecialty examination through the 2011 exam.
The eligibility criteria may be met by:
The temporary eligibility criteria (through 2011) may be met by completing:
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In September 2005, the ABMS approved a joint application by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and the ABPMR to develop subspecialty certification in Neuromuscular Medicine. The ABPN is responsible for examination development, administration, scoring, and analysis. The ABPMR will credential and issue the subspecialty certificates for ABPMR diplomates.
The next examination is scheduled for fall of 2011.
All applicants for subspecialty certification in Neuromuscular Medicine must be current ABPMR Diplomates in good standing and have a current, valid, and unrestricted license(s) to practice medicine or osteopathy in a United States or Puerto Rico licensing jurisdiction, or licensure in Canada.
The educational requirements in Neuromuscular Medicine can be fulfilled by either:
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Beginning with the 2013 examination, all applicants will be required to complete one full year of training in neuromuscular medicine in an ACGME–accredited program.
*Certification is a voluntary process by which the ABPMR grants recognition
to a physician specialist who has met predetermined qualifications specified
by the ABPMR. Many qualities are necessary to be a competent physician, and
many of these qualities cannot be quantified or measured. Thus, certification
is not a guarantee of the competence of the physician specialist.