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2017 Johns Hopkins PM&R Expo Recap

The first annual Johns Hopkins PM&R Expo was held on Jan. 28, 2017, and was a big success. Among the many goals of this event was to highlight the diversity and strengths of the physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty. 

PMR expo attendees

Organized by the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group, the event brought together over 40 medical students and trainees from all over Maryland and Washington, D.C., including the University of Maryland, Howard University, Georgetown University, George Washington University and The Johns Hopkins University.

Visitors and staff members could visit five stations that showcased multidisciplinary therapeutic modalities:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Spasticity management
  • Animal assistive therapy
  • Laser therapy, lymphedema, kinesio taping and splints

Several attendees shared that the expo broadened their knowledge about the scope of treatments provided by the professionals in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

PM&R expo attendees at the welcome breakfast
The event gathered numerous medical students, trainees and volunteers.
Dr. Odonkor giving a speech
Dr. Pablo Celnik and Dr. Charles Odonkor gave opening remarks.
PM&R expo team
A part of the Johns Hopkins PM&R team that was manning the stations and demonstrating various treatment modalities.
spasticity management station
Station 3: Spasticity Management
laser therapy
Station 5: Laser Therapy, Lymphedema, Kinesiotaping, Splints
Station 5: Laser Therapy, Lymphedema, Kinesiotaping, Splints
Station 5: Laser Therapy, Lymphedema, Kinesiotaping, Splints
a therapist demonstrating equipment
Station 5: Laser Therapy, Lymphedema, Kinesiotaping, Splints
spasticity management
A volunteer testing out a spasticity management device
spasticity management
Station 3: Spasticity Management
a therapy dog
Station 4: Animal Assistive Therapy
PM&R interest group
PM&R Interest Group (left to right): Dr. Samiran Bhattacharya, Dr. Charles Odonkor, Stanley Guillaume, Anne Kuwabara, and James Pendleton


A grant from the Association of Academic Physiatrists helped support this event. The department would like to thank the interest group members, faculty members, residents, therapists, students and volunteers who helped run the event. The organizing team plans to further public awareness of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and looks forward to hosting next year’s expo.

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