Challenges and Opportunities in Academic Physiatry

David C. Morgenroth, Tiffany Knowlton, Susan Apkon, Cheri A. Blauwet, Anthony S. Burns, Cecilia Córdova Vallejos, Walter Frontera, Sandra L. Hearn, Prakash Jayabalan, Peter A. Lim, Alex Moroz, Danielle Perret, Danielle Powell, Matt Puderbaugh, W. Evan Rivers, Gwendolyn Sowa, Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, Pablo A. Celnik

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Environmental scans determine trends in an organization's or field's internal and external environment. The results can help shape goals, inform strategic decision making, and direct future actions. The Association of Academic Physiatrists convened a strategic planning group in 2020, composed of physiatrists representing a diversity of professional roles, career stages, race and ethnicity, gender, disability status, and geographic areas of practice. This strategic planning group performed an environmental scan to assess the forces, trends, challenges, and opportunities affecting both the Association of Academic Physiatrists and the entire field of academic physiatry (also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and rehabilitation medicine, and rehabilitation medicine). This article presents aspects of the environmental scan thought to be most pertinent to the field of academic physiatry organized within the following five themes: (1) Macro/Societal Trends, (2) Technological Advancements, (3) Diversity and Global Outreach, (4) Economy, and (5) Education/Learning Environment. The challenges and opportunities presented here can provide a roadmap for the field to thrive within the complex and evolving healthcare systems in the United States and globally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-165
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2023


  • Academic Medical Centers
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Health Care Disparities
  • Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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