University of Washington

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Medical Student Education
Electives: Spinal Cord Injury (REHAB 689)

REHAB 689P – Spinal Cord Injury (8 credits)

Offered: AWSpS; 4 weeks based on clinical block schedule
Prerequisites: Completion of MED 665, SURG 665; permission from department for 2017-18 schoolyear
Location: Seattle, WA
Clerkship Site: VA Medical Center – Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) only
Faculty Contacts: Dr. Ny-Ying Lam,; Dr. Mindy Loveless,
Administrative Coordinator:Tamar Anderson, 206.616.6345;


This is a four-week spinal cord injury clerkship and is intended for those interested in exploring a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This clerkship is available at the VA Medical Center only. Students will see patients with acute injuries and will follow them as they progress through rehabilitation in order to function at a maximal level. Patients will also have chronic injuries with hospitalization for rehabilitation or for management of conditions such as neurogenic bladder, bowel, pressure ulcers, spasticity, pain or other medical conditions. This course is also recommended for students contemplating a career in Urology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, or Family Medicine.


Students will be introduced to the diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation of patients who have experienced a spinal cord injury. Students will learn to interact with the rehabilitation team as well as the Spinal Cord Injury sub-specialists in Urology, Neurosurgery, and Plastic Surgery. Performance at sub-intern level is expected.


  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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