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Residency Program Outline

Post-Graduate Year 2

  • Inpatient rehabilitation services, including care for patients after a stroke, spinal cord injuries, organ transplants, cancer, amputations and many other disabling conditions: about nine months.
  • Outpatient rehabilitation clinics where residents gain experience with numerous musculoskeletal injuries: about two months.
  • Academic development to begin a research, educational or quality improvement project: one month.

Post-Graduate Year 3

  • Pediatric rehabilitation: two months inpatient and two months outpatient.
  • Outpatient rotations, including musculoskeletal/sports medicine, pain management and pediatric rehabilitation: six months.
  • Consultation and subacute rehabilitation rotations: two months.
  • Elective: one month.

Post-Graduate Year 4

  • Outpatient rehabilitation services (about eight months) and inpatient rehabilitation services (about two months).
  • Senior residents will have the opportunity to supervise junior residents during the inpatient rotations.
  • Clinical rotations include brain injury, electrodiagnostic medicine, and neurologic and musculoskeletal physical medicine clinics.
  • Elective: one month.

Didactics / Conferences

  • At least four hours of conference time each week specifically targets the goals of the PM&R curriculum. Resident didactics are structured into a comprehensive 12-month topic cycle, including two hours of faculty lectures alternating physical examination skill workshops, case presentations, prescription writing workshops and journal club. The instruction incorporates active styles of learning.
  • Each individual institution has targeted lectures throughout the week on topics including pain medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics and general rehabilitation.
  • All residents complete supported courses in musculoskeletal examination, electromyography, prosthetics and orthotics, and research techniques.
  • Monthly grand rounds and journal clubs.
  • Individual educational stipend to use for instructional materials and regional, national or international courses.
  • Clinical case review with department chair. Oral board review with residency program director.
  • Visits to community programs, including sailing and horseback riding, for people with disabilities.


  • The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has a wide variety of research opportunities, including brain injury and concussion rehab, ICU rehab, long-term sequelae of spinal cord injury, pain and disability, prosthetics with neural control, swallowing impairment and international rehab.
  • Extensive research opportunities are also available outside of the department.
  • Our residents published 13 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in 2017.
  • Top 10 in National Institutes of Health funding among PM&R departments.
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