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Merz Tone Related Impairment Fellowship Application

A 1-year fellowship post-FRCPC, open to Canadian trained physiatry and neurology residents, preferably in first 1-3 years post-FRCPC or who will obtain FRCPC..


  • Improve knowledge, skills and education in the treatment, assessment, evaluation, and teaching skills of tone-related impairment and spasticity;
  • Gain experience in clinical research;
  • Participate in spasticity management in long-term care (LTC) clinical setting.

The purpose of the Merz fellowship is to improve the quality of medical education in tone related disorders in Canada. The fellowship makes it possible for “new graduates”, Canadians who have been or are being considered for appointment on the continuing staff of a Canadian medical school, to acquire knowledge, techniques, and experiences in a medical centre other than their own.

2023 Abstract & Contest Award Recipients

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Paper of the Year

Effects of music therapy on mood, pain, and satisfaction in the neurologic inpatient setting
Stephanie Plamondon

Medical Student Research Contest

Strength-based rehabilitation on clinical outcomes in patients post-partial meniscectomy: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Yi David Diao

Resident Research Contest

Botulinum toxin therapy for management of phantom and residual limb pain following amputation: A Systematic Review
Courtney Frengopoulos

Medical Student Essay Contest

The Neglect of Sexual Dysfunction Post-Stroke: Evaluation and Recommendations from A Biopsychosocial Lens
Kennedy Dirk
The Gap in Knowledge Keeping Us Up at Night: Sleep Disturbance in Adults with Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms
Samantha McIntosh
Using a multidisciplinary team approach for multiple sclerosis rehabilitation: Education and insight from a patient’s perspective
Griffin Mumby

Resident Essay Contest

What should every physiatrist know about Artificial Intelligence?
Tiffany Got
Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation: A Narrative Review
Micah Sommer
Trigger Finger: A Literature Review on the Impact of Corticosteroid Injection Technique on Effectiveness and Pain
Kyung Joon Mun

Original Research Abstract

Neurogenic Heterotopic Ossification: a novel mouse model
Chan Gao*
* Highest rated abstract overall.
Burnout in family-caregivers of Mauritians with neurological disabilities during COVID-19 lockdown: a phenomenological analysis
Britney Soll
Residents’ Perceptions of a Novel Virtual Livestream Cadaveric Teaching Series for Musculoskeletal Anatomy Education
Andy Le

Case Report Abstract

A case report on management of acute baclofen withdrawal following emergent intrathecal baclofen pump explant: the role of benzodiazepines, the other GABA agonist
Danielle Rioux
Spastic trismus from posterior circulation stroke: A case report
Daniel Chan Chun Kong

Systematic Review Abstract

Predicting Amputation Using Machine Learning: A Systematic Review
Patrick Yao
Associations Between Somatic Symptom Disorder and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review
Kaiden Jobin

QI Abstract

Discontinuing Prolonged Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Inpatients with a Newly Diagnosed Spinal Cord Injury: A Quality Improvement Initiative
Lauren Cormier
A National Virtual Physiatry Quality Improvement Forum to Enhance Resident QI Education
Jing Shi

Education Abstract

Bone Health Education in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury: The Bare Bones Podcast Series: A QI Project
B. Catharine Craven
_Nehiyô miyomahcihowin ekwa kiskinwahamakosiwin_ (“Cree Health and Learning”): Land-based Learning Experience – a novel approach to Indigenous Health learning for residency programs
Jaime C. Yu
A qualitative study of resident experiences of vulnerability in postgraduate medical education
Heather Nichol


Founded in 1952, with over 400 members, the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (CAPM&R) is the National Specialty Society for physiatrists in Canada; dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the specialty through research and education. The CAPM&R is an accredited provider for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

In 2020, CAPM&R teamed up with The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP), the leading academic physiatry society in the world, to make The American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AJPM&R) the official journal of CAPM&R. This new partnership will connect CAPM&R‘s membership to the AAP community and member benefits, expand the reach of AJPM&R, and provide a catalyst for PM&R innovation within the United States and Canada. Learn more about our new partnership.​

Abstracts presented at the CAPM&R Annual Scientific Meeting are published in the AJPM&R.

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The Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to provide continuing professional development (CPD), and to accredit and co-develop group learning events and self-assessment programs with other physician and non-physician organizations.

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Our Mission


Promotion of our Profession

Advancement of Professional Education


Advocation on Rehabilitation Issues and Standards

To Provide Opportunities for Scientific Advancement and Practice Development

Critical Success Factors

Physiatry is known and valued by other health care professionals and the general public

Physiatry is resourced as a position along with the attendant infrastructure supports required to treat patients

Physiatry has professional experts that are sought after for their opinions on rehabilitation

CAPM&R has a sustainable business model with increasing membership, funding and governance structure

Values/Guiding Principles


We strive for EXCELLENCE by:

  • Promoting the highest standards for undergraduate and postgraduate education
  • Our commitment to lifelong learning and the CanMEDS framework
  • Scholarship
We are INCLUSIVE by:

  • Representing clinical practitioners, educators, researchers, trainees and certified specialists
  • Providing valued services to members
We promote COLLABORATION by:

  • Forming strategic alliances
  • Supporting other organizations by creating a forum for exchange of information
  • CAPM&R has a voice with governments and peer bodies

We demonstrate LEADERSHIP by:

  • Providing opportunities for professional development
  • Raising awareness of the roles and contributions of the profession
  • Informing public policy by determining the rehabilitation agenda
  • Influencing policy on the rights of persons with disabilities

We encourage INNOVATION by:

  • Promoting research
  • Being a driver for change
  • Celebrating academic achievements


We acknowledge that we live, work, meet and travel on the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples that have cared for this land, now called Canada, since time immemorial. These lands are either subject to First Nations self-government under modern treaty, unceded and un-surrendered territories, or traditional territories from which First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples have been displaced.

We must seek to work toward redressing the injustices from which Settlers of this land have benefited, and encourage all CAPM&R members to take action.