The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) is dedicated to serving people with disabling conditions by supporting research that promotes health, independence, productivity, and quality of life, and meets the needs of rehabilitation clinicians and people with disabilities. Overview
The ACRM is an organization of rehabilitation professionals dedicated to serving people with disabling conditions by supporting research that:
- promotes health, independence, productivity, and quality of life, and
- meets the needs of rehabilitation clinicians and people with disabilities.
In order to enhance current and future research and knowledge translation, ACRM:
- assists researchers in improving their investigations and dissemination of findings,
- educates providers to deliver best practices, and
- advocates for funding of future rehabilitation research.
The ACRM is a global community comprised of both researchers and consumers of research, in the field of rehabilitation. ACRM is the only professional association representing all members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, including: physicians, psychologists, rehabilitation nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, recreation specialists, case managers, rehabilitation counselors, vocational counselors, and disability management specialists. Description
The ACRM serves people with disabling conditions by promoting rehabilitation research and facilitating information dissemination and the transfer of technology. We value rehabilitation research that promotes health, independence, productivity, and quality of life for people with disabling conditions. We are committed to research that is relevant to consumers, educates providers to deliver best practices, and supports advocacy efforts that ensure adequate public funding for our research endeavors.
As rehabilitation science continues to evolve, ACRM’s goal is to keep the community connected by creating opportunities to exchange and share information among clinical practitioners, rehabilitation researchers, knowledge brokers, research funders, provider organizations, healthcare payers, and industry regulators.
The ACRM encourages leaders in rehabilitation to identify current best practices and best providers at all levels of care, and share this information via education meetings and the journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The ACRM aims to support multidisciplinary leadership and practice innovation to ensure that people living with chronic disease or disability have access to effective rehabilitation services throughout their lives.
The ACRM serves as a forum for creating and discussing new treatment paradigms that take into account the composition of the rehabilitation team, the duration of care, and the venues required to achieve optimal functional outcomes for people with chronic disease and disabilities.
The ACRM is dedicated to:
- serving as an advocate for public policy and legislative issues that support individuals with disabilities and providers of rehabilitation services,
- helping develop innovative and cost-effective models of collaborative care and comprehensive rehabilitation management,
- leading research efforts that examine and develop the most effective clinical technology and treatment paradigms, and
- initiating dialogue with payers and regulators to communicate the collaborative care models that produce positive rehabilitation outcomes. General Information
Special Interest and Networking Groups
Participation in ACRM is organized around specialties in rehabilitation. The ACRM has the following special interest and networking groups:
BI-ISIG | Brain Injury — Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group
SCI-ISIG | Spinal Cord Injury — Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group
STROKE-ISIG | Stroke — Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group
EC-NG | Early Career Networking Group
HP-NG | Health Policy Networking Group
I-NG | International Networking Group
Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group
OM-NG | Outcomes Measurement Networking Group
Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group
MVA-NG | Military/Veterans Affairs Networking Group
Cancer Rehabilitation Group
Geriatric Rehabilitation Group
Pain Rehabilitation Group
The ACRM welcomes as members all stakeholders in the field of rehabilitation, including clinicians, researchers, administrators, consultants, consumers, educators, research funders, insurers, and policymakers. Students and new entrants to the field are especially encouraged to join; a “young investigators” course offered each year as part of the annual meeting helps them to become productive rehabilitation researchers and ACRM members.
Members meet colleagues from around the world, engage with experts and mentors, learn new research strategies, access the latest clinical guidelines, advance academic and research careers, and gain opportunities to shape and lead the field of rehabilitation.
Members represent various disciplines, including:
Dietetics | Nutrition
Health Services Research
Neurology | Neurosurgery
Speech | Language Pathology
The ACRM is led by elected members organized into the Board of Governors. Supporting the Board of Governors are volunteer standing committees as well as a business team led by the Chief Executive Officer.
Sisto, PT MA PhD
Katz, MD PhD FACRM
Gordon, PhD ABPP-CN FACRM
Harrison-Felix, PhD FACRM
Bushnik, PhD FACRM
Backus, PhD PT
Bogner, PhD ABPP
Deutsch, PhD BSN
Seel, PhD FACRM
Zafonte, PhD DO
Chan, MD PhD FACRM
Heinemann, PhD ABPP-RP FACRM
Trexler, PhD FACRM
Charlifue, PhD FACRM
Morse, PhD FACRM
Lindberg, MBA CAE
ACRM enhances the lives of people living with disabilities through a multidisciplinary approach to rehabilitation. As leaders in the physical medicine and rehabilitation field, ACRM promotes innovative research, new technologies, and sharing information, and encourages evidence-based practices in clinical settings. Awards
The ACRM annually honors individuals who make significant contributions to the field of rehabilitation and research in this area. These six prestigious awards are presented at the Henry B. Betts Awards Gala during the annual conference.
Coulter Lecturer Award
This distinguished lectureship honors John Stanley Coulter, MD, a past president and treasurer of the ACRM, and editor-in-chief of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
. Award winners are recognized for achievements that significantly advance the field of rehabilitation.
Distinguished Member Award
Established in 1988, this award honors ACRM members who have significantly contributed to the development of the ACRM, demonstrating leadership skills, organizational abilities, and public service.
Gold Key Award
This award was established in 1932 as a certificate of merit for members of the medical and allied professions who have rendered extraordinary service to the cause of rehabilitation. It is the highest honor given by the ACRM.
The Elizabeth and Sidney Licht award recognizes excellence in scientific writing in rehabilitation. The award is given for the best scientific article published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
in the previous year.
This award was established in 1989 in honor of Edward Lowman, MD, who recognized the importance of multidisciplinary teams in rehabilitation. ACRM members whose careers reflect an energetic promotion of the spirit of interdisciplinary rehabilitation are eligible for this award.
Wilkerson Early Career Award
The ACRM established the Deborah L. Wilkerson Memorial Fund in honor of this beloved member, past president, and ACRM Fellow. Deborah was devoted to improving the quality of rehabilitation and independent living services and was an advocate for individuals with disabilities. The Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award is given each year during the ACRM annual conference to the most promising member in his/her early rehabilitation research career. Products
International, peer-reviewed journal, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
-------------------- 7-11 October 2014
Annual Meeting - Progress in Rehabilitation Research
Toronto, ON, Canada