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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency:
Academic Curriculum

The academic curriculum is designed to create a physician who is well prepared to practice in any area of rehabilitation medicine. Our residents do extremely well on the self-assessment and board exams and are highly competitive for fellowships and jobs. Regularly scheduled seminars and conferences on Tuesday and Thursday mornings address a variety of special topics. These include journal club, grand rounds, EMG conference, and musculoskeletal & sports medicine conference.

Basic science instruction is carried out in structured courses. These class hours are incorporated into all clinical rotation schedules. This program of instruction begins in the PGY-2 year. The curriculum includes:

An additional requirement for graduation from the residency program is the completion of a scholarly activity designed to include an opportunity for peer review of oral and written work, depending on the individual objectives of the resident. One option is to complete additional coursework in instructional methods and prepare and deliver a lecture to the department.

A second option is to prepare a manuscript on a case report or case series that is accepted for national presentation and submitted to a journal.

A third option is to complete a formal research project.

Clinical Rotations:

Residents spend an average of 13 months in inpatient training, seven months of inpatient consultation, 12 months of outpatient clinics, and four months of electrodiagnostic training.

Inpatient residents conduct the primary medical and rehabilitation management of 8-12 patients. Consult residents perform consults on hospitalized patients on other services (up to 15 per week), EMGs (two half-day assignments) and have clinic duties (two or three half-days per week). Special rotations, such as at private hospitals, amputee rehabilitation, or cardiac rehabilitation include similar clinic and EMG duties.

In the PGY-3 or PGY-4 year, residents are assigned to special electives such as EMGs, musculoskeletal clinics, pain management, or research. Residents take night call from home one week at a time, for an average of four-six weeks each year.

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