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Medical Student Education

The Department offers a variety of educational and training opportunities in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Included below are details on electives for medical students and residents, and the pediatric rehabilitation fellowship program.

Medical student electives

Medical students may choose from the electives below in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Medical students from schools other than Johns Hopkins should contact the Registrar’s Office at 410-955-3080 or email vismed@jhmi.edu to request enrollment forms.

Course: Clinical Clerkship in PM&R

Phone: 410-502-2447

Faculty: Dr. R. Samuel Mayer and staff

Description: Students care for inpatients and outpatients at Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital or Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

Objectives are to increase knowledge of and proficiency in:

  • Major disabling conditions such as amputation, cancer, brain disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, neurologic disorders, pain, spinal cord disorders, and stroke
  • Functional evaluation and neuro-musculoskeletal exam skills
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Importance of patient and family education

Availability: 2 students

Duration: full- or half-quarter

Prerequisite(s): At least a second-year student beginning the fourth quarter


Course: Advanced Clinical Clerkship in Services for Children with Chronic Disorders

Phone: 443-923-9440

Faculty: Dr. Frank Pidcock and staff

Description: Students assist in caring for children with chronic impairments at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. 

Students participate in inpatient rounds, outpatient clinics, and site visits to the Specialized Transition Program at the Fairmount School.  Students develop skills in:

  • Muscle tone management
  • Examination of the child with severe traumatic brain injury
  • Assessing the level of support for community function

Availability: 1 student

Duration: half-quarter

Prerequisite(s): Pediatrics clerkship


Course: Research in PM&R

Phone: 410-502-2447

Faculty: Dr. Pablo Celnik and Staff

Description: Students are invited to participate with faculty in conducting rehabilitation research. Areas of focus can be found on our research web page.

Availability: Call Dr. Celnik to arrange

Duration: variable

Prerequisite(s): Interest in the conduct of rehabilitation research