The First Annual Northern California PM&R Expo
by Anne M. Kuwabara MD
The first annual “Northern California PM&R Expo” was held at the Stanford School of Medicine February 9, 2019 by the Stanford Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Interest Group. The leadership team and planning committee included residents (Anne Kuwabara, Anita Lowe, Gary Vargas, Kevin Barrette) and medical students (Jake Mooney and Torsten Rotto). Medical students from Stanford University, University of California-San Francisco, University of California-Davis & Touro University were in attendance.
The purpose of this event was to showcase the specialty and department to medical students in the region and promote collaboration amongst the local Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation community. Physiatrists play a key role in providing musculoskeletal and disability education. Exposure to the field is variable along the medical training pathway. 28 states have Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved PM&R residency positions. These types of events give medical students opportunities to explore the field beyond the bounds of their home institution offerings at an early time-point in their career.  This allows us to cultivate interest in the field by providing pathways for students to proactively pursue a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by offering opportunities for clinical rotations and research.  
The event began with breakfast and introductory remarks by our current residency program director Dr. Joshua Levin and prior residency program director. Students then rotated through eight different stations.
Our department had a wonderful time hosting the event and thank the faculty, staff, residents, and students who could join us. We plan to continue this event annually to increase exposure to the field, enhance partnership amongst medical institutions in the region and support the pipeline of trainees.
Anne Kuwabara is a rising PGY3 at Stanford Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
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