University of Washington

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Medical Student Education
Electives: Rehabilitation Medicine Clerkship (REHAB 687)

REHAB 687P - Rehabilitation Medicine Clerkship (8 credits)

Offered: AWSpS; 4 weeks based on clinical block schedule
Prerequisites: 3rd year medical student standing; permission from department for 2017-18 schoolyear
Location: Seattle, WA
Clerkship Site: HMC, option of additional outpatient site
Faculty Contacts: Dr. Ny-Ying Lam,; Dr. Mindy Loveless,
Administrative Coordinator:Tamar Anderson, 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 be at HMC, primarily on inpatient. Additional outpatient experience may be available: please email administrative coordinator to check. This course is also recommended for students contemplating a career in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Geriatrics, Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, or Cardiovascular Surgery.


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 brain injury, CNS disorders, spinal cord injury, 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.


  1. Patient Care
  2. Medical Knowledge
  3. Practice Based Learning and Improvement
  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  5. Professionalism
  6. Systems Based Practice


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

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