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Medical Student Education
Electives: Rehabilitation Medicine Clerkship (REHAB 684)

REHAB 684 P- Rehabilitation Elective - Boise, ID (8) credits

Offered: WSpS; 4 weeks full-time based on clinical block schedule
Prerequisites: 3rd year medical student standing
Location: Boise, ID
Clerkship Site: Neuroscience Associates, Saint Alphonsus Rehab Services
Faculty Contacts: Dr. Ny-Ying Lam,; Dr. Mindy Loveless,
Administrative Coordinator:Jong Kim, 206.616.6345;


This is a four-week rehabilitation clerkship and is intended for those interested in exploring a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Students will work directly with the physician, seeing a variety of patients with musculoskeletal diagnoses as outlined in the objectives for the course, as well as working as a member of a multidisciplinary rehab team.  They will also observe procedures such as EMGs, Nerve Conduction Studies, and a variety of peripheral and central injections.  Students will participate in care of injured workers and their return to work.


The goal of this rotation is to learn inpatient PM&R management of patients with disabilities and functional impairments due to disorders such as acquired BI, CNS disorders, SCI, and complex medical conditions.
Students will have a structured clinical experience on rehabilitation medicine wards, clinics, or consultation services.  Students will learn the differences between acute and chronic medicine, identification of disability problems, and therapeutic techniques for removing disability.


The student will:
  1. Experience outpatient musculoskeletal medicine, reviewing the workup for common conditions and applying this knowledge in the creation management plans for:
    • Low back and neck pain.
    • Shoulder and upper extremity pain
    • Hip and pelvic pain
    • Foot and ankle pain including CRPS
    • Muscle strain and sprain
  2. Review the workup of common neuromuscular disorders and demonstrate knowledge in the assessment and management of:
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Cervical and lumbar radiculopathy
    • Ulnar neuropathy
    • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
    • ALS
    • Polyneuropathy
  3. Review diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for common problems. This will include ultrasound guided injections for lumbar radiculopathy, shoulder impingement, trochanteric bursitis, hip and knee DJD, SIJ and piriformis syndrome.

  4. Perform identification and workup up of a work hardening candidate, and apply that knowledge to create an assessment and treatment plan in a multidisciplinary format.

  5. Review the method of doing an Impairment analysis

  6. Review the essential components of running and maintaining a private practice including staffing, referrals and marketing, scheduling and billing, charting and documentation.


Honors, High Pass, Pass, and Fail. Based on recommendation of preceptor.

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