UPDATED 5/04/2021 – Note to Current non-UNC Medical Students interested in shadowing/observerships:
The shadowing/observership program at UNC is indefinitely paused, with no current advertised timeline for a return. We apologize in advance and appreciate your understanding. More information and real-time status can be found here: https://www.uncmedicalcenter.org/uncmc/support/volunteer-services/shadowing/
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.
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 DoOur 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.
OpportunitiesOur 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.
Thomas Petruska, MS
Residency/Quality Program Coordinator
Administrative Chief Resident
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus
Academic Chief Resident
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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.*