Residency Curriculum

Rotation Schedule

PGY-I (Inpatient unless otherwise specified)

Inpatient Medicine 4 months
Neurosurgery 1 month
Burn, Plastic Surgery (Outpatient) 1 month
Neurology 1 month
Trauma Surgery 1 month
Emergency Medicine 1 month
PM&R 1 month
Rheumatology Clinic 1 month
Internal Medicine Clinic                              
1 month

PGY-II

General Rehabilitation (Inpatient) 4 months
Spinal Cord Injury/Brain Injury (Inpatient) 2 months
Clinic 4 months
Stroke (Inpatient) 2 months

PGY-III

EMG 4 months
Pediatric Rehabilitation Clinic                     
4 months
Clinic - Musculoskeletal
4 months

PGY-IV

EMG 2 months
Electives 2 months
Stroke (Inpatient) 2 months
Spinal Cord Injury/Brain Injury (Inpatient) 2 months
Clinic 3 months
Cardiac Rehabilitation/Geriatrics 1 month

Resident Lectures

The didactic curriculum includes the following topics, which are presented in 18-month cycles on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

  • Introduction to Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Neuro Rehab - Brain/TBI/Stroke
  • Geriatric Rehab
  • Professionalism and Communications
  • Modalities
  • Research
  • Business of Medicine
  • Prosthetics
  • Cardiac & Other Rehab
  • Musculoskeletal, Joint, Connective Tissue, Burn
  • Orthotics
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Pediatric Rehab
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Pain Management

Other Educational Programs

EMG Lecture Series (Odd Wednesdays, 7:15 AM)

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residents and Neurology residents are taught by the Neurology faculty about electrodiagnostic evaluations. This year-long lecture series is provided to ensure residents understand the basics of EMG/NCS.

Electrodiagnosis Clinical Correlations Conference (3rd Friday each month, 7:30AM)

Conferences are attended by EMG faculty as well as Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Neurology residents. Neurology or PM&R residents present attending-selected cases. The clinical history, diagnostic workup, and electrodiagnostic evaluations are discussed.

Journal Club (3rd Wednesday of the month, 8:00 AM)

Assigned residents along with their faculty mentor select articles for discussion. The article topic correlates with the current lecture. The assigned resident leads the resident and faculty audience in a targeted critical appraisal of the articles.

PM&R Grand Rounds (4th Wednesday of the month, 8:00 AM)

Grand rounds are excellent opportunities to learn about recent updates, state-of-the-art practices and advances in rehabilitation or related fields. Presenters are Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation faculty, expert faculty from related departments, or guest faculty. Grand rounds are open to all.

Board Review

Residents are encouraged to participate in group study sessions that meet on a regular basis under the guidance of faculty to prepare for written and oral board examinations required for board certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Mock Oral Examinations

Annual mock oral examinations are conducted by PM&R faculty. These oral examinations are tailored to the skills residents should be mastering in their designated post-graduate year of training. This examination is to help prepare residents for the oral portion of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialty boards.

Resident Case Presentations (5th Wednesday of the month, 8:00 AM)

Residents present interesting cases highlighting common or unusual rehabilitation problems. Presentations include symptoms, work up, imaging studies, diagnostic considerations and treatment plan. The conference is attended by faculty and residents, and exchange of ideas and input from the audience is encouraged.

Morbidity and Mortality Conferences (1st Wednesday of the month, 8:00 AM)

Our monthly morbidity and mortality conference is a formal quality-assurance program in which residents present cases to review major morbidities, and all mortalities involving rehabilitation patients. This conference is attended by faculty and residents, therapists, and nursing staff; in addition, consultants from other departments may also be invited. There is open, free and constructive discussion of the cases as it relates to quality assurance and improved patient care. Confidentiality is maintained, and the environment promotes individual, group and systems-based interventions to prevent avoidable errors, minimize complications, and improve safety and patient care.

Musculoskeletal Lecture Series

Anatomy, Imaging, Physical Examination, and Kinesiology are reviewed for each major limb/joint. Presentations are prepared and led by residents, with attending supervision and teaching.

Research Day (June each year)

Residents, Fellows and Visiting Scholars have the opportunity to present their research project each year. A guest speaker is invited to give a keynote address. The conference is in memorial of Dr. Patricia Gregory.