The didactic core curriculum is organized into a series of main topics with one faculty coordinator and appropriate lectures under each topic. All lectures are given by faculty or an appropriate allied health professional. The entire curriculum repeats every 18 months.
The major course topics are:
- General Rehabilitation Orientation
- Brain Injury (includes stroke and MS)
- Cancer Rehabilitation
- Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Electrodiagnostic Medicine
- Occupational and Performing Arts Medicine
- Neuro-Musculoskeletal (includes kinesiology and sports medicine)
- Prosthetics and Orthotics
- Rehabilitation Research
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Therapeutic Exercise
In addition, residents go to the anatomy lab biannually, addressing a different anatomic area each time. Specific Geriatrics topics are addressed in lectures by geriatrics faculty annually. Residents are required to attend specific lectures in series selected by the program director.
Clinical Case Conference
Present the case of a patient you have seen in clinic or on the wards that was interesting or challenging in terms of diagnosis or patient care, and discuss key issues in patient management. Junior residents will present the case and senior residents will lead the discussion and make a brief presentation on a key issue in the case. Residents will present at two conferences per year. Attendance is mandatory.
Learn to critically review research and understand the application of science for improvement of clinical practice. Two residents will present research articles per Journal Club. Each resident will present an article twice per year. Attendance is mandatory.
Each resident gives one Grand Rounds presentation annually. The resident selects a topic on a noteworthy issue raised during their patient care and does a thorough literature search, including information which both supports and disputes findings. The resident makes a formal one-hour PowerPoint presentation on the topic and distributes their reference list (minimum 20 references). The resident leads a discussion of how the topic impacts patient care, including psychosocial, ethical, and financial issues, and provides appropriate references and evidence to support their conclusions. Attendance by all residents is mandatory.
Rehab in Review
Rehab in Review is a monthly review journal published through Emory University and the Association of Academic Physiatry (AAP). It is distributed nationwide to all Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency programs. PM&R residents review articles from various journals to hone their critical analysis skills and establish published authorship. Residents must submit at least two reviews per year.