Program Description

The five overall goals and objectives of the program are as follows:

  • To provide the resident with basic and advanced knowledge in physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine to prepare for a career in academic/clinical practice
  • To provide the resident with clinical skills necessary to acquire competencies in the clinical practice of rehabilitation medicine
  • To encourage self-improvement by developing skills in communication, teaching and leadership
  • To mentor residents in a supportive environment that stimulates life long learning
  • To utilize opportunities and resources that would ensure that the resident is an integral part of the rehabilitation team and community 
Program Specifics

INPATIENT ROTATIONS: Provide the core education for the resident and are performed at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. Extensive training is provided in the areas of rehabilitation for patients with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, arthritis, amputation and other musculoskeletal and neurologic disorders. Additional inpatient geriatric rotations are performed at the Washington, DC- VA Medical Center and inpatient consultation experience at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

OUTPATIENT ROTATIONS: Outpatient rotations offer exposure to these same diverse populations as well as to those individuals who require the services of the specialty clinics offered through MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and its affiliated hospitals. Pediatric rehabilitation education is provided by Children's National Medical Center. Also included in rotations through Occupational Medicine, Pain Management, Neuromusculoskeletal Radiology, Rheumatology, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, Orthotics/Prosthetics and Cancer Rehabilitation.

ULTRASOUND TRAINING: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound training begins in the PGY2 year with a one month dedicated US rotation in the first six months to develop basic skills and continues through the Residency Training Program.

CONTINUITY CLINIC: The resident will be assigned to a continuity clinic team which begins in the PGY2 year and continues throughout their training. All residents participate in the weekly clinic regardless of clinic rotations and are supervised and mentored by faculty physiatrist. Each team consists of one resident from each training year level.

DIDACTIC TRAINING: Residents participate in a variety of structured and regular didactic instructional sessions which include the Peer Lectures Series, Case Studies, Ultrasound Lecture Series, Anatomy and Kinesiology Lecture Series, Journal Club, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Orthopedic, Rheumatology and Physiatry Rounds and Grand Rounds.

PRACTICE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT: All residents are required to participate in a practice improvement project during their tenure in the Residency Training Program. Faculty mentors precept for their quality improvement projects as well as provide formal education in process improvement methodology and design.  Additionally residents will have a one month rotation in Patient Safety & Quality Improvment in their PGY4 year.

RESEARCH: All residents are required to participate in a research project during their tenure in the Residency Training Program. Faculty mentors precept for the resident research projects as well as provide formal education in research methodology and design.