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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Electives for Medical Students

 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Virtual Elective

This elective for medical students covers a broad scope of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). In addition to learning about medical management of patients with disabilities, students gain exposure to the Johns Hopkins residency program, faculty, and clinical and research opportunities in the PM&R department. Students also deliver a presentation and share their passion for PM&R.

  • Duration: 11 days
  • Number of participants: 5
  • Application deadline: Sept. 7, 2021
  • Cost: $500
  • Class schedule: Calendar invites will be sent with dates and times for small group Zoom sessions.

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Course Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the scope of practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians and the interdisciplinary team.
  2. Identify common medical conditions affecting people with disabilities and the physiatrists' role in improving their quality of life and function.
  3. Participate in discussions with peers and faculty members about the PM&R's role in the care of people with disabilities. 
  4. Create a presentation to demonstrate comfort discussing medical and social issues that affect people with disabilities.
  5. Write a reflection about disability's impact on medical care and personal understanding of PM&R.

Course Outline

Topics (timing based on faculty schedule and availability to be shared at start of course):

  1. Rehab Emergencies and Cancer Rehab with Sam Mayer
  2. ICU/COVID-19 Rehab with April Pruski
  3. Amputees, Prosthetics and Orthotics with Mary Keszler and Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez
  4. Neuro/Stroke Rehab and Research with Pablo Celnik and Preeti Raghavan
  5. Musculoskeletal, Pain and Sports Medicine with Alexis Coslick
  6. Spinal Cord Injury Rehab at Kennedy Krieger Institute with Philippines Cabahug
  7. Pediatric Rehab with Stacy Suskauer and Melissa Trovato
  8. PM&R Education and Foundations of Disability Care with Tracy Friedlander

Course Director


Virtual Clinical Elective In Equitable Health Care

This virtual two-week elective course (80 hours total) explores key aspects in the care of diverse patient populations. The curriculum is a combination of virtual synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Students engage in a universal as well as a specialty-specific curriculum based on their acceptance by director approval. A health systems science based universal curriculum hosted in the afternoons covers topics such as health disparities, global health, Baltimore’s patient population and professional development. The morning specialty-specific curriculum explores equitable healthcare within that specialty through patient interviews, case presentations, and team discussion, allowing students to refine their skills while networking with residents and faculty.

This elective covers the broad scope of physical medicine and rehabilitation. In addition to learning about medical management of patients with disabilities, students gain exposure the Johns Hopkins residency program, faculty, and clinical and research opportunities in the PM&R department. Students also deliver a presentation and share their passion for PM&R.

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Number of participants: 5
  • Class schedule: This two-week virtual elective consists of morning specialty-specific curricular activities, followed by an afternoon universal curriculum for all students.
  • Required Text and Other Materials: All required readings will be provided by faculty members throughout the course.

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Course Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the scope of practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians and the interdisciplinary team.
  2. Identify common medical conditions affecting people with disabilities and physiatrists' role in improving their quality of life and function.
  3. Explore how social and health disparities affect diverse populations and how to address the disparities in a clinical setting.
  4. Learn principles regarding equitable healthcare as it pertains to our unique Baltimore patient population. 
  5. Gain skills in virtual interviewing, leadership and team facilitation that will contribute to professional development.

Assignments

Universal Curriculum:

  • List your three main goals for this elective
  • Daily reflections
  • Equitable healthcare topic presentation

Specialty-Specific Curriculum:

  • A presentation on a PM&R topic — due date will be assigned to each student
  • Discussion board — questions are posted after each synchronous session to promote reflection

Course Director


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 Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

  • Availability: 2 students
  • Duration: full- or half-quarter
  • Prerequisite(s): At least a second-year student beginning the fourth quarter

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

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

Phone: 443-923-9440
Faculty: Dr. Nancy Yeh and staff
Description: Students assist in caring for children with chronic impairments at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. 

  • Availability: 1 student
  • Duration: half-quarter
  • Prerequisite(s): Pediatrics clerkship

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

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
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