Inpatient Rotations

Inpatient PM&R Service at UW Hospital

Residents develop expertise in managing general medical and functional problems in people with acute and chronic disabilities. The focus of inpatient rehabilitation is identifying the barriers to discharge and setting goals for functional skill levels for patients.
Responsibilities and opportunities include:
  • Help establish and supervise the plan of rehabilitative care while managing patients’ medical issues
  • Lead interdisciplinary team conferences and family conferences under faculty supervision
  • Learn the roles, responsibilities, and skill sets of each member of the treatment team: nurses; occupational, physical, speech and recreational therapists; health psychologists; social workers; and vocational counselors
  • Learn to direct the treatment team’s efforts toward maximal independence for the patient
  • Coordinate discharge planning including outpatient follow-up and therapy, obtaining medical equipment, and coordinating community resources for patients

Inpatient PM&R Service at Central Wisconsin Center

Central Wisconsin Center (CWC) is a state residential and short-term treatment facility for individuals with developmental disabilities. This rotation provides training in the care of individuals with severe disabilities.
Residents work in the Short-Term Care Unit, which admits individuals from the community for acute medical needs, post-operative care, or to help coordinate medical care.
Responsibilities and opportunities include:
  • Complete admissions, daily care, and discharge summaries focusing on both medical and rehabilitative needs
  • Run multi-disciplinary team meetings and family meetings with faculty
  • Coordinate rehabilitation and equipment needs with therapists
  • Observe and interact with therapists in audiology, recreation therapy, education, custom wheelchair development, and psychiatry
  • Gain procedure experience for Botox and phenol injections
  • Be exposed to other specialty clinics including neurology, orthopedics, and neurosurgery

Consultation Service

Residents on the consult service see patients at UW Hospital at the request of other inpatient services, mainly trauma, neurosurgery, neurology, and orthopedics.
Responsibilities and opportunities include:
  • Assess whether patients meet acute inpatient rehabilitation unit admission criteria
  • Determine whether the inpatient rehabilitation unit is the most appropriate place for the patient
  • Focus on communication and systems-based practice, with coordination of patient care between multiple medical services, social work, and nursing
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