The Early Career Development Course is a perennial favorite at ACRM that connects early career rehabilitation researchers with prominent and accomplished professionals. The course will provide opportunities to learn from experts in interdisciplinary team science, government agency representatives, and distinguished scientists who will provide insights through didactic presentations, panel discussions, small group discussions, and one-on-one networking.
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Loyola University Chicago
Flossmoor, Illinois, United States
Ralph Nitkin, PhD
Deputy Director, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, NICHD
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Vincy Chan, PhD, MPH
KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network
Toronto, United States
Anne Ordway, PhD
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)/Administration for Community Living
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Kelli L. LaCroix
University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston
Fort worth, Texas, United States
Stephanie L. Silveira, PhD
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas, United States
Sina Safayi, DVM, PhD
Daniel Daneshvar, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair for Research
Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, United States
Molly Fuentes, MD, MS
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington, United States
Patricia A. Dorn, PhD
Director, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service
Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Alexandra Aaronson, MD, MSCI
Edward J Hines VA Hospital
River Forest, Illinois, United States
Michael W. Williams, PhD
University of Houston, United States
Your professional identity is constantly evolving and will change as you advance in your career, take on new roles and responsibilities, reflect on past experiences, and re-evaluate goals. Given the importance that professional identity development has on career outcomes, the theme of the 2022 Early Career Development Course is defining, adapting, and promoting your professional identity. The target audience for this instructional course is students, fellows, early career faculty and clinicians, and other early career scholars.
The course will take place on Tuesday 8 November from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Chicago Hilton. We will start with opening remarks from ECDC task force chair Brian Downer, PhD. The 2022 ECDC will be highlighted by a keynote presentation by Dr. Ahad-Legardy, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor in the Department of English at Loyola Chicago. She will share insights into how life experiences, values, and beliefs can shape our professional identities and ways we can advocate for our professional needs as we develop our identities.
Following the keynote presentation will be the Funding Agency Panel. This year’s panel includes representatives from the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (Ralph Nitkin, PhD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Patricia Dorn, PhD), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (Anne Ordway, PhD). Each panelist will summarize the policies, career opportunities, and research priorities at their agency. These presentations will be followed by a Q & A session with the audience.
After a 25-minute networking break, we will reconvene for the Early Career Scholars Panel. The panelists include Stephanie Silveira, PhD (University of North Texas), Alexandra Aaronson, MD (Northwestern University), Daniel Daneshvar, MD, PhD (Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital), and Vincy Chan, PhD (KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute). Panelists will share their experiences with rejection, resilience, and imposter phenomenon. These presentations will be followed by a Q & A session with the audience that is moderated by Reza Ehsanian, MD, PhD.
Attendees will then participate in a mentoring lunch with small-group discussions. This session is an opportunity for attendees to ask questions to the speakers and panelists in an informal setting. Topics will include grant writing and research funding, career planning, developing a biosketch, CV, personal statement, and other professional documents, and navigating the job market.
The afternoon portion of the ECDC will consist of a 75-minute panel session on career planning for early-career scholars. This will include a keynote presentation on career planning by Dr. Sina Safayi, Director of Career Development and Industry Outreach at Rush University. This will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with Kelli LaCroix (University of Texas Medical Branch), Molly Fuentes, MD, MS (University of Washington, Seattle), and Michael W. Williams, PhD (University of Houston). The panelists represent scholars in different career settings (e.g., academia, clinical) and career stages (e.g., student, faculty). The panelists will briefly describe their strategies for developing their career plans, ways in which they have had to adapt their career plans, and strategies for sticking to their plans. The session will conclude with questions from the audience.
The course will finish with closing remarks and the formal transition to Jiabin Shen, PhD, ECDC task force chair.
ACRM MEMBER: Regular $399, On-site $499
NON-MEMBER: Regular $499, On-site $599