Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

Program Overview

The University of Wisconsin Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency is three years in length and we accept four new physical medicine and rehabilitation residents each year.

Our program provides training in diagnosis, evaluation, and management of persons of all ages with physical and/or cognitive impairments and disabilities. The program is committed to producing physiatrists highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with painful or functionally limiting conditions, the management of comorbidities and coimpairments, diagnostic and therapeutic injection procedures, and electrodiagnostic medicine, who emphasize the prevention of complications of disability from secondary conditions.

This includes training in:

  1. Diagnosis and management of impairments of the neurologic system, musculoskeletal system (including sports and occupational injuries), and other organ systems.
  2. Long-term management of patients with disabling conditions.
  3. Leading multidisciplinary teams concerned with maximal restoration or development of physical, psychological, social, occupational, and vocational functions in persons whose abilities have been limited by disease, trauma, congenital disorders, or pain.

Upon completion of the program, residents are expected to master the basic pathophysiologic principles of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; to be clinically competent in the technical and procedural skills required in the evaluation and care of rehabilitation patients; and to acquire skills necessary for critical evaluation of research in the field, research design and implementation, and application of the rehabilitation literature to clinical practice.

Our program offers resident to meet or exceed the required number of interventional procedures in all categories. The average number of cases the class of 2020 completed compared to RRC requirements is detailed in the table on this page.


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Salary and Benefits

Please click here to learn more about resident and fellow stipends and benefits. Please note: this information is subject to change each year.

Training Stipend

Residents receive a stipend for the three years which they can use for books, equipment, meeting registration and expenses, and any other professional expense.  For the initial meeting at which they present their research, their meeting and travel expenses will be paid by the department.