Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation specializes in restoring functional independence to a diverse patient population ranging from infants to the elderly. Rehabilitation physicians treat patients with athletic injuries, work related injuries, musculoskeletal problems, neurologic diseases and orthopaedic problems.
Patients who have a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or acute or chronic pain are also seen by rehabilitation physicians. The rehabilitation physician directs a comprehensive team comprised of physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, recreational therapists and nurses. Training is received in therapeutic exercises and physical modalities, prosthetics, orthotics, gait analysis, electrodiagnostic studies, and diagnostic and therapeutic injections.
- Duration of training: (1+3) One-year internship and Three years of PM&R residency
Number of programs nationally:
83 ACGME accredited programs across 28 states
30 Categorical programs (4-year programs)
- Number of entering residency positions per year: approximately 370
Types of fellowships or subspecialties: NIH Research, Pain Management, Spinal Cord Injury, Sports Medicine, Neuromuscular Medicine, Cancer rehab, Traumatic Brain Injury and Pediatric rehabilitation.
Type of Match: Regular - Advanced Match requiring a preliminary or transitional year.
Overall competitiveness: Moderately Competitive. There is a good chance of matching for the average student, , but competitiveness is increasing. 95-98% of US seniors match over the past 10 years.
Primary Faculty Contact for M1's and M2's
- Mahmood Gharib, MD
Medical Student Coordinator
Sandra Hearn, MD
Residency Program Director|
Ryan Stork, M.D.
Assistant Residency Program Director
GME Program Administrator Senior
Medical Student Club or Interest Group
The group usually meets twice a year: Once in the fall and once in the spring.
Shadowing or Mentoring Experiences Available to M1's or M2's
Contact Tammie Wiley-Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- University of Michigan Department of PM&R
- American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Medical Student Section
- Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) - Section for Students & Residents
- American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
Suggested Journals, Books & information for Interested Students
- Archives of PM&R
- American Journal of PM&R
- Muscle and Nerve
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by Braddom
- Rehabilitation Medicine: Principles and Practice by DeLisa
- Residency Training Program in PM&R Directory
- Manual of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation by C. Brammer & M. C. Spires
- PM&R - The Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation