University of Washington

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency:
About the Program

Harborview Medical Center
Harborview Medical Center

The University of Washington's Residency Program in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation provides an opportunity for residents to develop skills and scholarship in a unique environment. Our department has excellent relationships with clinical departments associated with physical medicine and rehabilitation such as neurosurgery, neurology, and orthopaedics. We also draw upon the basic science research units in the UW School of Medicine and relevant undergraduate and graduate schools.

Each year, residents are accepted at both the PGY-1 and the PGY-2 levels. We have three PGY-1 positions and 27 positions distributed among the PGY-2 through PGY-4 levels. For those entering at the PGY-1 level, the department has developed a program that satisfies the 12-month experience requirement of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR).

Rotations are specifically selected to meet the needs of future physiatrists (rehabilitation physicians), emphasizing the development of skills and knowledge in internal medicine, emergency medicine, pain management, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, and geriatrics. Residents spend one third of their training in inpatient work but no more than 18 months. Our residents average 13 months of inpatient time, 6.5 months providing consultative care, 12 months caring for outpatients, and 4.5 months on Electromyography (EMG).

The didactic program is structured to cover all the pertinent basic sciences and clinical applications. Opportunities for research abound for the interested resident. Our residents do extremely well on the training and Board exams, and are highly competitive for fellowship positions and clinical practice employment opportunities.

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