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Training for Medical Students

We offer a variety of educational and training opportunities in physical medicine and rehabilitation for medical students and residents.

PM&R Interest Group | Summer Program | Electives

PM&R Interest Group

PM&R interest page

PM&R interest group at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was established to inspire interest in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation among medical students. The group holds meetings, workshops and other events to connect students with the faculty and further their understanding of and appreciation for the PM&R field.


For more information:
The Leadership Team on Founding the First PM&R Interest Group at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Summer Training Programs for Medical Students

Johns Hopkins University is a site sponsor for two summer programs designed for medical students between M1 and M2 years and offered through the Association of Academic Physiatrists. Both programs are eight weeks long and carry a $4,000 stipend. Johns Hopkins also covers registration and travel to the AAP's Annual Meeting, where students present scientific papers or case reports. Applications are accepted via

Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS)

This program engages students in a research project within the Johns Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. At this time, participation is virtual only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Site Director: Ryan Roemmich, Ph.D.
  • Mentors: Preeti Raghavan, MD, Ryan Roemmich, PhD, Stephen Wegener, MA, PhD, April Pruski, MD, Robert Brodsky, MD, Albert Recio, MD and Stacy Suskauer, MD
  • Research Areas: Projects may include muscle stiffness in CNS disorders, gait or movement analysis in neurologic populations, prevention of chronic back pain through behavioral interventions, dysphagia, pediatric TBI and concussion.

Learn more about this program

Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship (MSSCE)

This program gives students early clinical exposure to the broad scope of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

  • Site Director: R. Samuel Mayer, M.D., M.E.H.P.
  • Contact: 410-502-2447 or Email
  • Mentors: R. Samuel Mayer, MD; Tracy Friedlander, MD; Dorianne Feldman, MD, MS; April Pruski, MD; Mary Keszler, MD; Melissa Trovato, MD; Philippines Cabahug, MD; Albert Recio, MD; Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, MD, PhD; Andrew Nava, MD

Learn more about this 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 to request enrollment forms.

Course: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Virtual Elective

Contact: Call or email Dr. Tracy Friedlander at 410-550-1715 or to apply or for more information.

Faculty: Dr. Tracy Friedlander and staff

Description: This virtual elective will offer a broad exposure the scope of physical medicine and rehabilitation. In addition to learning about medical management of patients with disability, student will get exposure the Johns Hopkins residency program, faculty, and clinical and research opportunities in the department of PM&R. Students will have the opportunity to give presentation and share their passion for PM&R.

Objectives are to increase knowledge of and proficiency in:

  • Recognize the scope of practice of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians and the interdisciplinary team
  • Identify common medical conditions affecting people with disabilities and the role of Physiatrists in improving the quality of life and function for people with disabilities.
  • Participate in discussions with peers and faculty about the role of PM&R in care of people with disabilities. 
  • Devise a presentation to demonstrate comfort discussing medical and social issues that affect persons with disability
  • Write a reflection about the impact of disability on medical care and personal understanding of PM&R. 

Duration: September 14-25, 2020

Prerequisite(s): None

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. 

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. Nancy Yeh 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

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