It is an honor to represent the finest PM&R students, residents and attendings in the country.

It also continues to be an honor to work with the most dedicated hardworking executive board that unselfishly gives their valuable time to help grow this great organization. And lastly, I give thanks for all who have worked in the past and brought us to where we are today.

With that said I would like to share with you the fact it is so hard to believe I am writing this as your president.

Only about 6 years ago was I just a College member attending a Mid Year Meeting meeting who asked to become involved. All I did was reach out and was welcomed into this family with open arms. If I could do, this so can each and every one of you. Don’t be afraid or intimidated. Reach out and grab our already extended hand. Please become involved to whatever extent you can.

Let’s connect and communicate via phone, email or text. Please take a couple of minutes out of your busy day to read the updates we send.

Also please check out our website often and provide us with feedback or just let us know what you need to help us provide even more value to your ACOPMR membership. Without you, we DON’T exist. We need you so please help us.

For those of you who attended the recent Mid Year Meeting in Philadelphia or any of our past OMED,

Mid Year Meeting or educational courses tell your students, residents or fellow PM&R attendings what a GREAT and UNIQUE educational and social experience you had. I challenge you to bring someone to the next meeting who had never joined us or who hasn’t been joined us for some time. Join us at OMED 2016 or at our next Mid Year Meeting confirmed for May 4-7 in Hollywood Beach, FL. Planning has already begun for both of those events. We would appreciate your input and ideas as well as your participation during the planning process or actual meeting.

In closing, I am very excited about the upcoming year despite all of the daily challenges and obstacles we face as students, residents and attendings who love the specialty of Physical medicine and rehabilitation. I pledge to you that your executive board will work hard to make your membership to this College one that you will continue to value.

Michael Weinik, DO, FAOCPMR
American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation