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Note to Current non-UNC Medical Students interested in an Away Rotation:

Our institution will follow the Jan 25. COPA guidelines, pertaining to away rotations. All applicants must apply via VSAS for consideration. You may find our PMED 401 3 course offering on VSLO on March 15, 2021. You may apply for a rotation with us on April 15, 2021. Decisions are made by our Visiting Student central office on May 1, 2021. The absolute earliest a student may rotate with us would be July 26, 2021.

*Do keep in mind, this information may be subject to change with new COVID-19 developments.

Please check out the Visiting Student Office website for more details: 

The shadowing/observership program at UNC is indefinitely paused, and is not subject to the Jan 25. COPA regulations. We apologize in advance and appreciate your understanding.

Our Goal

The goal of the UNC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency program is to help medical graduates develop into outstanding practicing physiatrists. Training includes diagnosis and treatment of patients of all ages living with painful or functionally limiting conditions. Our mission is to optimize the health and function of individuals with disabilities through a patient-centered continuum of care, with the goal of improving quality of life.

Program Aims

Our foundational teaching philosophy is to provide a superb, well-rounded clinical education, and we have trained many successful graduates since the program was established in 1999. Based at a public, tertiary care hospital and level I trauma center, our program provides trainees with exposure to complex and challenging clinical problems. Residents interact daily with skilled faculty members and are provided mentorship and practical experience that prepares them to excel in any clinical environment.

Graduates of UNC PM&R serve their patients through clinical excellence and compassionate care. They also support efforts in education, outreach, research, leadership, innovation and the responsible utilization of resources. While many of our alumni pursue fellowship and subspecialty training, we ensure that all of our graduates develop broad competencies and are well-prepared to attain board certification in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

At UNC, we strive to provide a rigorous educational experience coupled with strong support for resident wellness and a healthy work-life balance. The long-term success of our program and its graduates is tied to our ability to cultivate a culture of teamwork, resilience and sense of purpose in our faculty, residents, students and staff. The product of this comradery is a positive educational experience that enhances our own well-being as well as our ability to offer compassionate care for those we serve.

What We Do

Our rehabilitation physicians (physiatrists) diagnose and treat neurological, musculoskeletal, and other organ system impairments, as well as manage treatment of patients with long-term disabling conditions. The physiatrists lead interdisciplinary teams that work with the patient and family to achieve maximal development or restoration of physical, psychological, social, occupational, and vocational functions.


Our residency program offers a wide range of clinical, educational, and research opportunities that include balanced clinical experiences, organized educational programs, and daily interactions with experienced faculty.

In addition to the faculty in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, residents also work with faculty in other departments, including Rheumatology, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Anesthesiology, Urology, General Surgery, Pediatrics, and Plastic Surgery.

Other opportunities include the Carolina Performing Arts coverage, as well as exposure to NFL Brain and Body Program, Eric Montross Basketball Camp, the TelAbility Program, and participation in professional conferences.

For more about residency diversity initiatives at UNC, click here. For information about Carolina First Look, click here.

Program Leadership

Chief Residents

Explore Our Program Further!

We invite you to explore our program and to join us as you embark on this exciting new stage of your career in medicine. Please click on our other webpages to learn more!

For information surrounding policies, salaries, and more, see the Graduate Medical Education web pages at UNC Health Care.

*Fully accredited. Next accreditation cycle scheduled 2024.*