Program Description

The MedStar Health/Georgetown University Hospital-National Rehabilitation Hospital PM&R Residency Training Program accepts six residents per year. It is an ACGME accredited categorical program, with a four-year categorical educational curriculum (beginning at the PGY1 level) that prepares residents for both clinical and academic practice.  Residents will spend their PGY1 year alongside the MedStar Washington Hospital Center interns in Preliminary Medicine (see this video) and will complete PGY2-4 at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and other sites.

The program strives to fulfill MedStar NRH’s mission of Adding Life to Years® – enhancing the quality of life of persons with injuries and disabling illness so that they can achieve the highest possible level of independence and function, providing education and training in injury and disease management to rehabilitation professionals and the community, and advancing knowledge through rehabilitation research.

Our program has a passion for fostering and recruiting for diversity in many facets including a focus on racial justice.  To find out more about the MedStar Academic Affairs Working Group on Racial Justice visit:

Our Affiliations

*Residents with dual citizenship are unable to rotate at this site.

Program Highlights Include:

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. We have Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) certification in all major subspecialty areas which allows for specialty specific inpatient experiences which is not seen in many programs. 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. Outpatient pediatric rehabilitation education is provided by Children’s National Medical Center (a top ten U.S. pediatric hospital).  Rotations include exposure to neurorehabilitation, spine/pain medicine, sports medicine, orthotics/prosthetics, cancer rehabilitation, and more.

Ultrasound Training: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound training begins in the PGY2 year and continues through the residency training program with a longitudinal program.  Additional experiences in ultrasound education are available through our ultrasound track.

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 twice monthly clinic regardless of clinic rotations and are supervised and mentored by a variety of 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 protected didactics from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. as well as noon conferences three days a week.  Wednesday didactics frequently include hands-on learning experiences. 

Quality Improvement: All residents participate in a two week quality improvement rotation in the PGY-2 year as a spring board to a larger quality improvement project.

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.

Sports coverage: Ample opportunities for sports coverage starting in the PGY-1 year at the level of adaptive sports, high school, and college level.  We have multiple attendings who are the team physicians for local professional sports teams.  Opportunities available to learn more about e-sports medicine (for gamers).

Global Health Track: One resident per year can apply and be accepted to Georgetown’s Global Health Track: