Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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.

Residency Training

  • 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

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 Melanie Devine,


  • 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