Residency Program Renews Accreditation

UNC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation once again received continued accreditation for its four-year residency program.

The goal of our program is to develop medical graduates into outstanding practicing rehabilitation physicians (physiatrists). Training includes diagnosis and treatment of patients of all ages living with painful or functionally limiting conditions.

"We received full re-accreditation for five years, which is the maximum we could receive," said Michael Y. Lee, MD, MHA, department chair. "This demonstrates the expertise and dedication of our faculty, who are committed to providing the highest quality program to produce the future leaders in PM&R."

Heather Walker, MD, director of the residency program, added: "I am so pleased that our residency program has received the maximum re-accreditation. Very few PM&R programs receive accreditation for this length of time, so this is certainly an honor and I feel that it is an attestation to the excellency of our training program."

Physiatrists diagnose and treat neurological, musculoskeletal, and other organ system impairments, and manage treatment of patients with long-term disabling conditions. They lead multidisciplinary teams that work with the patient and family to achieve maximal development or restoration of physical, psychological, social, occupational and vocational functions in persons with disabilities.

The department's residency program will receive another survey in August 2015.