Who we are

We are a scholastic group of like-minded scholars focused on collaboration, mentorship, research and networking opportunities in Physiatry. Our ultimate goal is goal to provide a networking platform to facilitate professional, and academic development opportunities for students, residents and early career physiatrists.


Medical students interested in PM&R, residents, fellows and early-career physiatrists.


To become a unique-minded scholastic group led by students and residents with the support and mentorship of early-career physiatrists and PM&R faculty with the ultimate goal to accomplish our mission.


To use a virtual platforms to connect with students, residents, fellows and faculty in PM&R to provide networking, mentorship, educational programs and remote research opportunities in a low-pressure, cost-free environment.


Vinny Francio M.D., James Eubanks M.D., Brandon Barndt D.O., Anthony Batri M.D., Barbara Kozminski M.D., April Hyon M.D., George Raum OMS-V

Our History

PMR Scholars is the result of an organic growth of students and residents interested in PM&R. The group was originally formed in November 2017 by Vinny Francio, Jim Eubanks, Justin Schappell, Sarah Smith, Kirstin Weider, Chris Ha and Brandon Barndt, a group of medical students who serendipitously met at a national PM&R conference. After discussing their goals within the field the group decided to continue collaboration on a variety of projects within the field of physiatry utilizing social media and virtual platforms. Upon two years of continuous growth and continued collaboration on projects presented at the AAP, AAPMR and ACRM conferences, the group continued to expand with more active collaborators. Our social media platform, @pmrscholars has more than 1,000 followers. The group has organically grown expanding our network with physiatrists across the country, continuing the legacy started in 2017.