Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

Didactic Curriculum

The didactic core curriculum is organized into a series of main topics with one faculty coordinator and appropriate lectures assigned to each. All lectures are given by faculty or an appropriate allied health professional. The entire curriculum repeats every 18 months.

Major course topics are:

  • General rehabilitation orientation
  • Brain injury (including stroke and MS)
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Electrodiagnostic medicine
  • Occupational and performing arts medicine
  • Neuro-musculoskeletal (includes kinesiology and sports medicine)
  • Gait
  • Pain
  • Pediatrics
  • Prosthetics and orthotics
  • Rehabilitation research
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Health disparities
  • Diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Career Counseling
  • Business of medicine
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

In addition, residents visit the anatomy lab biannually, addressing a different anatomic area each time.

Friday AM Conferences

Clinical Case Conference

Residents present the case of a patient they 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.

Journal Club

Residents learn to critically review research and understand the application of science for improvement of clinical practice and present an article twice per year.

Grand Rounds

PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents give 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 then 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.

Acute Transfer Conference

Residents and faculty will present cases of patients acutely transferred from the rehabilitation hospital to determine medical and system issues that led to the event, and discuss options for improving patient safety and quality of care.

Annual Events

  • Research Day
  • Diversity Journal Club