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: These rotations are performed at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital (MNRH). 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. Inpatient pediatric rehabilitation also takes place at MNRH.  Inpatient consultation experience takes place 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.  Rotations include exposure to spine/pain medicine, Neuromusculoskeletal Radiology, Rheumatology, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, Orthotics/Prosthetics and Cancer Rehabilitation.

Ultrasound Training: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound training begins in the PGY2 year and continues through the Residency Training Program with a longitudinal program.  Additional rotations focusing on musculoskeletal ultrasound are available.

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 physiatrists. 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 including Wednesday morning didactics from 8 a.m. to noon as well as noon conferences three days a week.  Wednesday didactics frequently include hands-on learning experiences.  Noon conferences include board review lectures, journal clubs, and physician wellness sessions.

Quality Improvement: All residents participate in quality improvement initiatives during their tenure in the Residency Training Program. Residents receive formal education in process improvement methodology and design.   

Research: All residents are required to participate in a scholarly project during their tenure in the Residency Training Program. All residents participate in a one month rotation at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Residents also have the opportunity to participate in a research track at the NIH.