The Early Career Networking Group (ECNG) will help with many challenging aspects of career development, such as:
- Preparing for job interviews, negotiating faculty positions or preparing for promotion and tenure
- Improving your grant writing skills, learning about grant mechanisms for new investigators, and how to get published
- Networking with renowned leaders in the field, or finding collaborative opportunities within a variety of rehabilitation disciplines
- How to become a more active and recognized member within ACRM
The ECNG seeks to provide assistance with all of these common career development challenges. Networking group members will work together to share relevant announcements, resources, professional contacts, mentorship support, and informative discussions.
The mission of the Early Career Networking Group (ECNG) is to foster the development and advancement of early career professionals in the field of rehabilitation. We work together to tackle many of the common career development challenges. Our supportive network of peers provides the necessary resources and networking opportunities to promote successful career growth for rehabilitation researchers and clinicians.
How to Participate
Now is the perfect time to join this important networking group and help shape its growth. Participate in one of our existing task forces or suggest a new one!
- Early Career Development Course Task Force
- Communications Task Force
- Physicians Task Force
It is cliché, but true that as an early career professional, you are the future of rehabilitation and ACRM. Getting involved with the ECNG now is a worthwhile investment in that future – whether you are early or late in your career.
Join us at the 2017 ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research in Atlanta this fall for cutting-edge research translated to clinical practice.
Plus, dive deep into intensive Pre-Conference Instructional Courses on a wide variety of topics or the Early Career Development Course for new researchers.
ACRM 2017 Call for Proposals
The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.
“How does ACRM Help You?"
Douglas Katz, MD, FACRM, FAAN
Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital
How to Join the ECNG
One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups.
Click the JOIN NOW button to learn more or contact Member Services at +1.703.435.5335 for personal assistance.
Contact the Early Career Networking Group Chair, Megan Mitchell, PhD to learn more about this group or to become more specifically involved in a task force.
Early Career Outstanding Mentoring Award
The Early Career Outstanding Mentoring Award was established in 2016 to honor those who have significantly contributed through mentoring to the development of early career rehabilitation professionals, the Early Career Development Course and the Early Career Networking Group’s Mentoring Task Force.
ACRM is pleased to honor Ralph Nitkin, PhD with the 2016 inaugural award.
Ralph Nitkin, PhD, is the Deputy Director for the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), which is located within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the NIH. He has worked as a science administrator at the NICHD for the past 26 years, first in the area of mental retardation and developmental disabilities and for the last 16 years in the area of medical rehabilitation.
Dr. Nitkin has been heavily involved in the formation of the rehab research infrastructure networks (www.NCMRR.ORG), the annual rehab grant-writing workshop (formerly ERRIS, currently called TIGRR), and special career-development networks for physiatrists, for physical/occupational therapists, and more recently for rehab engineers. He has helped promote NIH research initiatives in such diverse areas as genomic factors that affect rehab outcomes, promotion of exercise and diet in children with disabilities, clinical trial design in rehab, technologies for healthy independent living, and research workforce diversity. He looks forward to continuing to work with rehab researchers as well as those from allied fields.
Chair: Megan Mitchell, PhD
Kansas City, KS
|Past Chair: Dawn Neumann, PhD
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
|Chair-Elect: OPEN POSITION TBD
Contact Megan Mitchell with inquiries.
|Secretary: Chari I. Hirshson, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, NY
ECNG Resources & Information Newsletter
One of the great benefits of joining the ECNG is the quarterly newsletter of early career resources and information. Check out the current issue and join the ECNG Membership to get involved and start receiving the information you need to advance your rehabilitation research career.
Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award Supported by CARF International
The Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award Supported by CARF International is an award given by ACRM to Early Career Professionals who are making significant contributions in the field of rehabilitation. Recipients receive a plaque, monetary award, travel stipend, complimentary registration, and an opportunity to present at the ACRM Annual Conference. Learn more.
Congratulations to the 2016 Awardee
In 2016, ACRM honors Yelena Goldin, PhD for the significant contributions she has made during her early career work. Dr. Goldin will present Attention Network Functions in Adults With Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury during the ACRM 93rd Annual Conference in Chicago where she will receive her award.
“Receiving the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award is a great honor. I highly value the scientific and clinical community within the Congress, and receiving recognition from this esteemed group of scientists and professionals is humbling and rewarding.”
–Elizabeth Skidmore, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
“Receiving the Deborah L. Wilkerson Early Career Award was the most cherished honor that I have had in my career. This is because it was awarded by people in the field of rehabilitation that I truly respect and admire. I know that the Wilkerson awardees are carefully chosen to represent the spirit of Deb Wilkerson, who was a role model in providing holistic rehabilitation services and conducting meaningful research. Receipt of this award meant that my research was perceived as making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, which is the greatest honor one can receive.”
–Angelle Sander, PhD, FACRM, Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
“Building Leaders in Rehabilitation Research"
Early Career Development Course
The Early Career Development Course is a perennial favorite developed by the ACRM Early Career Networking Group. It provides an ideal venue for connecting with seasoned professionals who can answer your questions and guide you on your path to success.
With particular focus on career development issues relevant to early career researchers, this full-day program preceding the ACRM Annual Conference, comprises didactic presentation, panel discussion, one-on-one networking, and small group discussions. All up-and-coming rehabilitation research professionals are encouraged to attend.
The 2016 program theme, Team Science, will focus on helping attendees develop their research identity while forming collaborative relationships and teams, enhancing team communication, preventing conflicts, giving and sharing credit in publications and grants, balancing individual and team pursuits for tenure and promotion and increasing productivity.
2016 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Dr. Boninger is director of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute and author of five US patents. He is renowned for his extensive research on spinal cord injury, assistive technology, and overuse injuries, particularly those associated with manual wheelchair propulsion.
Dr. Field-Fote is a leading neuroscientist and director of spinal cord injury research at Shepherd Center. She is internationally renowned for her work in motor recovery after spinal cord injury.
Get Involved in Exciting Task Forces!
All task forces conduct regular monthly or bi-monthly meetings via conference calls. Please contact the designated task force chair for more information about meeting times and getting involved.
Early Career Development Course Task Force
This task force plans the full-day Early Career Development Course held each fall at the ACRM Annual Conference. Last year, the course focused on grantsmanship, with particular emphasis on career development and pilot /small project funding mechanisms.
Communications Task Force
This task force gathers important announcements and information relevant to career development in the rehabilitation field and disseminates them through social media, eblasts, ACRM newsletters and the website. This includes information on grant resources and grant writing, job interviewing tips, work/ life balance, tips for promotion and tenure, getting started with research, initiating collaborations, finding good mentors and more. This task force also develops communications to help promote the ECNG and recruit members.
Mentoring / Advising Task Force
Chair: Brooks Wingo, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
The mission of this task force is to facilitate the development of mentoring relationships among rehabilitation professionals at varying stages in their career development through research, educational, and clinical collaborative opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact the co-chairs.