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Click a location to view the National PM&R Clerkships from that area. List updated as of 10/15/2015
University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB)
Clerkships: 4th year Acting Internships and Electives are offered. Learning objectives and contact information can be found on VSAS.
Visiting Students Coordinator: Marla Ferguson
Director of Medical Student Education: Danielle Powell, MD
Phone: (205) 934-5674
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Elective Rotations: Elective rotations are offered to fourth-year medical students. Course descriptions and application processes can be found at the following links:
http://www.medstudent.ucla.edu/sao/clinical/pdf/4yhdbk0607/025_med.pdf starts on page 187.
Stanford School of Medicine
University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
Elective Rotation: PM&R Elective available to visiting 4th year medical students.
Duration: 4 weeks
Student Affairs Contact: Becky Gossert in the Student Affairs Office
William Sullivan, MD
Tel: (720) 848-2149
Tel: (303) 724-1264
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Elective Clerkships: Miller School of Medicine University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital Department of Rehabilitation Medicine offers an elective clerkship to 4th year medical students in allopathic or osteopathic approved medical schools for a period of 2- 4 weeks. The pre-requisite is completion of an elective in general medicine and surgery. Students rotate in clinical adult and pediatric inpatient services, consultation services, outpatient services and rehabilitation research. Rehab disciplines consist of Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, NeuroRehab and Comprehensive. The sites for the clinic electives are the Jackson Memorial Hospital inpatient rehab units, University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, Jackson Memorial outpatient staff and private clinics, and Miami VA Healthcare System. The sites for the research elective are the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Miami VA Healthcare System, and Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Link: For details go to http://www.mededu.miami.edu/visitingstudents.
Contact: All interested students should contact Coretha Davis, Education Coordinator, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (D-461) University of Miami School of Medicine P.O. Box 016960 (D-461) Miami, FL 33101
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
This elective will provide the medical student with a broad and comprehensive educational experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Students will be instructed in the evaluation and rehabilitation of a wide range of medical disability conditions including musculoskeletal problems, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, amputees, chronic pain, geriatrics, and cardiac rehabilitation. In addition, students will be exposed to physical, occupational, speech, and audiology, vocational, recreational, and kinesiological therapies. Students will be instructed in functional assessments of all types of physical disabilities and in the diagnostic use of electromyography for muscle and neurological disorders. Overall, the educational experience will offer a practical approach to those patients with disabilities. This will benefit all medical students regardless of their primary area of interest. Visitation at other local rehabilitation centers is available. The site for the clinical elective is at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital inpatient rehabilitation unit, Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, Spinal Cord Injury Center, Regional Amputee Center and various clinics. Research elective is also available at the Rehabilitation Center of Excellence (COE) a part of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital welcomes current 4th year medical students, in good academic standing from LCME or AOA accredited medical schools, interested in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R).
This elective will provide a fundamental knowledge of the principles of PM&R through inpatient care and didactic discussion. Medical students will have exposure to a broad range of adult patients with brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions, neuromuscular disorders, and neurological conditions.
Link: For details go to
Contact: All interested students should contact:
Yana Spedale, Residency Program Coordinator
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
26W171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
University of Iowa
Clerkship: An elective PM&R clerkship (4 weeks) is offered. We would be willing to accept visiting students, but we do not have a PM&R residency program. Students will gain experience seeing patients in musculoskeletal and spine clinics, an interdisciplinary chronic pain rehabilitation team, and other physiatry clinics. Select experiences in medical acupuncture, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, spinal cord medicine, and pediatric rehabilitation medicine can be arranged.Contact: Joseph Chen, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation 200 Hawkins Drive Iowa City, IA 52242
Tel: (319) 384-6026
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Clerkships: Elective rotations in PM&R are available for visiting medical students.
Contact: Medical students from schools other than Johns Hopkins contact the Registrar's Office at
410-955-3080 to request enrollment forms.
Registrar’s Office: (410) 955-3080
University of Maryland Medical System, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Clerkships: Sinai Hospital of Baltimore offers a 4 week medical student elective in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Any medical student is welcome to apply for the clerkship.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Elective - This elective offers the participant an opportunity to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team. The participant will learn the roles and contributions of a variety of allied health care professionals, including but not limited to physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, rehabilitation nurses, psychologists, and social workers. Working closely with the faculty the participant will learn to evaluate and manage patients who are disabled because of a variety of impairments. Impairments may be due to any of the following: cardiopulmonary disease, work or sports related injuries, joint and connective tissue disorders, musculo-skeletal disorders, neuromuscular disorders, pain issues, amputations, and brain disorders. The participant will have an opportunity to work closely with the faculty and will gain both inpatient and outpatient experience in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The weekly schedule for this elective can be tailored to the participant’s wants and needs, and may emphasize any one, or a combination, of the following: outpatient musculo-skeletal rehabilitation, outpatient pain management, inpatient general rehabilitation, inpatient brain injury rehabilitation, inpatient stroke rehabilitation, and inpatient orthopedic rehabilitation.
Link: Further information available under "Graduate Medical Education” athttp://www.lifebridgehealth.org/sinaihospital/
Contact: Joanne Stickline to schedule rotation, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore - Medical Education Office
Phone: (410) 601-0670
Fax: (410) 601-9939
Harvard Medical School/ Spaulding Rehabilitation HospitalOne-Month Clerkships Offered:
To apply for a clerkship or for any additional information, please contact the HMS Clerkship Program via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tufts Medical Center, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Three One-Month Clerkships are Offered:
To apply for a clerkship or for any additional information, please contact Tufts University School of Medicine Registrar’s Office at 617-636-6568.
Michigan State University
College of Human Medicine
Duration: The usual length of rotation is one month, but less can be arranged.
Contact: Michael Andary, MD
Address: Michigan State University
College of Osteopathic Medicine
B-401 West Fee Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
Tel: (517) 353-0713
Fax: (517) 434-1339
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
The PM&R Dept in MInnesota offers 3 or 6 week PMed courses. Please contact Dan Kelly at email@example.com.
Goals and Objectives:
• The student-physician will learn to evaluate a patient with acute/chronic illness and/or a disability and then help plan a rehabilitation team's problem-oriented approach to total patient management including emotional, cognitive, sexual, communicative, social, vocational, and financial aspects as well as the medical aspects.
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School
A two-week clerkship in PM&R is required for all students at our school, generally in the fourth year. The goal of this mandatory clerkship is to develop in each student the competency to take a functional history, and the ability to establish an evidence-based approach for maximizing function in individuals with disability and/or chronic disease. This clerkship also prepares students to make optimum use of physiatric services during their careers. A study guide is distributed to each student in CD-ROM format, providing a comprehensive introduction to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
In addition, ten 2-4 week PM&R elective clerkships are offered, and these may be taken in the third or fourth years.
Information for visiting students is available online or by contacting the Registrar's Office at (973) 972-4640. The department may also be contacted as follows: Debbie Roney, Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org , tel. (973) 972-7199.
Albany Medical Center
ELECTIVE- PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION
DESCRIPTION: This elective offers the participant an opportunity to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team in inpatient and outpatient settings. The student will learn the roles and contributions of a variety of allied health care professionals, including but not limited to physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, rehabilitation nurses, psychologists, and social workers. Working closely with the faculty, the student will learn to evaluate and manage patients who are disabled because of a variety of impairments which may be due to any of the following: cardiopulmonary disease, work or sports related injuries, joint and connective tissue disorders, musculo-skeletal disorders, neuromuscular disorders, pain issues, amputations, and brain disorders. The student will have an opportunity to work closely with the faculty and will gain both inpatient and outpatient experience in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Exposure to musculoskeletal ultrasound, electromyography and other procedural aspects of the field is also available based on student interest.
The student will attend the didactic teaching sessions and other conferences (journal club, grand rounds) on Wednesday afternoons.
Resources/Readings: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Braddom (ed.); WB Saunders, Philadelphia
Columbia University Medical School
Nassau University Medical Center
Carolinas Rehabilitation/Carolinas Medical Center
The Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehabilitation is pleased to offer four clerkship opportunities. Each clerkship is a 4-week rotation at Carolinas Rehabilitation designed for visiting medical students, scheduled through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
PMED 479: Introduction to Rehabilitation The student will be exposed to a broad spectrum of problems encountered in the practice of physical medicine & rehabilitation (PM&R) and develop a basic knowledge of the functional and medical management of a variety of neurologic and musculoskeletal disabilities.
PMED 480: Introduction to Traumatic Brain Injury The student will be exposed to the care of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Specifically, students will learn how to evaluate patients with neurocognitive and physical deficits, perform a detailed history and physical addressing specific areas relevant their diagnosis, manage TBI patients on an inpatient unit, and perform outpatient assessments in the clinic setting, including evaluations for neurocognition, spasticity, and functional deficits.
PMED 481: Introduction to Pediatric Rehabilitation The student will be exposed to the care of pediatric patients with rehabilitation needs. Specifically, students will learn how to evaluate children with functional deficits, perform a detailed history and physical addressing specific areas relevant to their diagnosis, manage children on an inpatient unit, and perform outpatient assessments of children in the clinic setting, with special emphasis on brachial plexus injuries, neurodegenerative disorders, and spasticity.
PMED 482: Introduction to Spinal Cord Medicine The student will be exposed to the care of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Specifically, students will learn how to evaluate patients with both paraplegia and tetraplegia in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Students will learn how to perform a detailed history and physical addressing clinical care issues relevant to SCI, including DVT prophylaxis, bowel programs, bladder programs, pain management, and wound care. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in spasticity management, wheelchair assessment, and therapeutic interventions.
Full course descriptions for our rotations can be located at:http://clipper.med.unc.edu/electivesbook/courses.aspx?dept=PMED
For further details and application information, please contact:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University
Required rotation: All M-4 students at Brody SOM are required to complete a two week rotation in PM&R. The course features general exposure to most aspects of PM&R, with emphasis on clinical neurosciences and musculoskeletal medicine.Students spend the first week rotating through a generalized experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings; and the second week consists of subspecialty experiences tailored to meet individual student interests. Students have assigned reading materials and take a 30-item examination; they also participate in procedures, observed physiatric exams and team activities. Additional work is required to obtain honors grades.
Clerkships: Our electives are open to M3 and M4 medical students from any LCME-accredited medical school. Courses may be taken in blocks of either two or four weeks. Students will generally rotate across the following clinical services, unless otherwise arranged: traumatic brain injury; spinal cord injury; general rehabilitation; stroke; pediatric rehabilitation; variety of outpatient clinics (e.g., amputee, continuity, pediatrics); medical acunpuncture.
We offer the following electives:
For further information, please contact one of the following:
David W. Musick, PhD
Penn State Hershey College of Medicine - Hershey, PA
This elective is for 3rd and 4th year medical students interested in gaining experience in the field of Adult and Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, improving diagnostic skills related to the complications of disability, and improving neurologic and musculoskeletal examination skills.
Please refer to http://www.pennstatehershey.org/web/md/home/visiting for more information on visiting students at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Clerkship: The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation clinical clerkship is offered to third and fourth year medical students year round. A maximum of two students are accepted for each rotation. Rotations are 4 weeks in duration. The rotation will provide exposure to inpatient rehabilitation units and outpatient rehabilitation clinics. The student may also have the opportunity to evaluate consults in the hospital and experience electromyography and nerve conduction studies. Students who are familiar with rehabilitation may customize their rotation experience. Students receive constant interaction and supervision by the rehabilitation resident physicians and staff physicians. If you are interested in doing a clinical clerkship in PM&R, please contact us at the information below.
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
4th Year Medical Student Rotations
Accredited/Visiting Student Information
I. Students from medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) are eligible to take senior electives through The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and its affiliated hospitals. LCME students are required to register through the VSAS system. Other eligibility requirements include senior student status, good academic standing, and successful completion of required clinical rotations in family practice, medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery.There is a fee of $25.00 per selective for visiting medical students currently enrolled in an Osteopathic program.
II. A separate application form must be completed for each elective. In order to obtain an application, go to http://som.uthscsa.edu/srselect/vsguidelines.asp.
At the UT Health Science Center the individual department schedules all electives.
III. All Visiting Students are Required to Submit the Following With Their Application:
A. Immunization Record (form provided with application) certified by the applicant's health care facility for each of the following immunizations:
2. M.M.R. (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
4. Tuberculosis - PPD skin test within the past 12-month period; if positive, provide date of chest x-ray and results or history of BCG vaccine or INH therapy.
5. Hepatitis B-completed series of three vaccinations
6. Chicken Pox (Varicella)
B. Proof of personal health insurance; and
C. Proof of professional liability insurance.
D. Proof of passing USMLE Step 1
IV. The application must be submitted at least six (6) weeks prior to the elective date.Applications which do not contain the required items listed above will be returned as incomplete.
V. The Office of Student Services maintains a list of housing available to visiting students. Names and telephone numbers of people with temporary accommodations are available by calling this office at (210) 567-2628.
VI. A student picture I.D. and white jacket are required in any clinical setting.If you do not bring the proper identification, you may purchase the required identification from this institution.All visiting students are expected to comply with policies set by the Health Science Center and the department sponsoring the elective.
B. Proof of personal health insurance; and
UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas:
University of Utah School of Medicine
Clerkships: We accept visiting medical students. Applications for the each academic year will be accepted beginning April. A student will be limited to an 8 week maximum elective time at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The PM&R rotation is an elective rotation for 4 weeks. Rotations are scheduled in the order they are received. Scheduling will begin in May; final approval will be given in mid May. Students will be contacted via e-mail, if the dates and times requested are or are not available. After the mid May scheduling has taken place, applications will be accepted on a first come basis throughout the academic year.
Link: Information can be found at the following website:http://uuhsc.utah.edu/som/studentaffairs/index.htm; proceed to the Visiting Senior Elective Program. Rotation time periods are listed; choose rotations from the list provided. Students should fill out an application & send it in.
Contact: Questions can be addressed to email@example.com or by calling student affairs at 801-581-3657.
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Clerkships: The following elective rotations in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are available to fourth-year medical students:
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Inpatient Service
Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Paul T. Diamond
Course Description: The rehabilitation hospital includes specialized programs for persons with stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury, multiple trauma/general orthopaedic conditions. Patients are managed by a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team that includes physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, social workers, a nutritionist, neuropsychologist and rehabilitation nurse specialists. Students work closely with all members of the rehabilitation team and observe in the therapy gyms a variety of specialized rehabilitation techniques including therapeutic exercise, ultrasound treatment, electrical stimulation, and aquatic therapy. Students begin to develop the necessary skills to effectively manage the inpatient rehabilitation programs of persons recovering from a variety of illnesses. Students may also rotate on the inpatient consultation service for University Hospital. A didactics program is held weekly on Fridays. No weekend or on-call duty is required. Students interested in outpatient Physiatry may participate one day a week in the outpatient clinics during this rotation or may opt for the full-time outpatient Physiatry elective at the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation outpatient facility within the Musculoskeletal Center at Fontaine.
Spine and Sports Care - UVa Musculoskeletal Center
Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Robert Wilder
Course Description: Students receive training in a variety of aspects of outpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation practice including the evaluation and management of low back/neck pain and sports/musculoskeletal injuries. A runner's injury clinic, high school sports coverage and occupational/work related injuries will also be seen and treated. Students will learn comprehensive non-operative spine care including introduction to electrodiagnostic techniques, therapy prescription and evaluation for other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. If a student desires, he/she may also participe in other weekly PM&R clinics including the prosthetics and orthotic clinic and acupuncture clinic. There are no night or weekend call or weekend rounds, however, medical coverage of sporting events may include some nights and weekends.
Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Jeffrey Jenkins
Course Description: This elective is designed as an initial student exposure to the practice of medical acupuncture. The two-week experience takes place at the UVa-HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital and the Fontaine Musculoskeletal Center. Students will participate in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular illness in the rehabilitation setting. Acupuncture will be introduced in the rehabilitation context. The goal of this rotation is to increase awareness of an alternative medical system, which has been a part of Asian culture for centuries and to familiarize participants with the indications, contraindications and expectations associated with acupuncture use in a physical medicine practice.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Consult Service
Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Mary Bryant
Course Description: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is a patient-centered holistic specialty. A patient-centered team approach is utilized to improve a patient's mobility and function. The rehabilitation team includes physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, case managers and nutritionists. Students on this rotation will work on the PM&R Consultation Service at University Hospital. Students will develop an understanding of therapy prescription, managing complications of illnesses and injuries that can limit function, and assess patients for inpatient rehabilitation. Arrangements can be made to observe therapy sessions and rotate on the inpatient PM&R service. A daily lecture series is held. There are no night, weekend, or call responsibilities.
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Alan Alfano
Course Description: Through exposure to individuals with spinal cord injury in an inpatient rehabilitation setting, a student will develop knowledge and appreciation for the unique medical problems and challenges associated with the rehabilitation process. Comprehensive rehabilitation assessment and prescription-writing skills will be emphasized. Students will also have an opportunity to actively participate in the rehabilitation of individuals with other diagnoses on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Exposure to acupuncture, spasticity management through botulinum toxin and outpatient musculoskeletal care are also possible. Visiting students should follow the directions in their acceptance email to schedule MIS and CareCast training.
General Musculoskeletal Medicine
Rotation Supervisor: Dr. David Rubendall
Course Description: This course is a general musculoskeletal rotation with special emphasis on manual medicine/osteopathic manipulation; Worker’s Comp., and clinic-based non-spinal procedures. Students will see a wide variety of musculoskeletal patients and develop a wide range of musculoskeletal skills. They will learn how to provide care for spinal patients, sports-related injuries and conditions requiring manual medicine. They will also obtain a general understanding of Worker’s Comp. patients.
Contact: Students at the University of Virginia need to contact: Lisa Durrer (434) 243-5622 Fax: (434)243-5639 at the UVa Musculoskeletal Center, Suite 240 545 Ray C. Hunt Drive Charlottesville, VA 22908-1004
Students from outside the University need to contact: (434) 924-5579, Electives Coordinator at UVA Office of Student Affairs Box 800739 - McKim Hall UVA HSC Charlottesville, VA 22908
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, Va
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) elective rotations for medical students
Objectives: To provide student an opportunity to:
1) Gain exposure to a wide variety of clinical issues in PM&R
2) Formulate a differential diagnosis, medical management plans and rehabilitation goals
3) Work with members of the interdisciplinary team in the therapeutic approach to PM&R
5) Interact with other specialties which interface with PM&R (neurosurgery, orthopedics, neurology, etc).
Specific Rotations Offered at VCU:
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Overview (Course # 9500)
Supervisor: William McKinley MD (Director SCI Medicine & Director PM&R Residency Program)
Description: This elective provides an overview of different clinical settings (consult, inpatient, and outpatient) within PM&R. Students will be given exposure to PM&R clinical management of patients with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, polytrauma, pain and other neurological and musculoskeletal issues. The student will participate in direct patient medical care, rounds and team conferences. Students will also attend the departmental educational programs including didactic lectures, grand rounds, journal club, seminars, and case presentations. There are no night or weekend responsibilities.
Contact information: Wanda Allen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Acting Internship (AI) – (Course # 6000)
Supervisor: William McKinley MD (Director SCI Medicine & Director PM&R Residency Program)
Description: This elective provides a concentrated exposure to PM&R patients and the clinical activities primarily within an INPATIENT PM&R service and will be exposed to a variety of disabilities including spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, polytrauma, pain, other neurological and musculoskeletal problems. Students will participate in direct patient medical care, rounds, team conferences and to the interdisciplinary (PT, OT, Speech therapy, social work, etc) team approach to PM&R management. Students will attend departmental educational programs, didactic lectures, grand rounds, seminars, and case presentations. There are minimal night or weekend call responsibilities with PM&R residents.
Contact information: Wanda Allen at: email@example.com
Brain Injury Rehabilitation (Course # 6001)
Supervisor: William Walker MD and Richard Kunz MD (directors Brian Injury Rehabilitation)
Description: The Brain Injury (BI) Rehabilitation rotation will enable students to obtain experience in the neurologic rehabilitation of persons with BI (etiologies: traumatic BI, stroke, encephalopathy of metabolic, toxic, and anoxic insult, aneurisms and AVM bleeds). The rotation will involve significant neuromedical and rehabilitative involvement with BI inpatient care, consult service, outpatient care and low level BI patients. There are no night or weekend responsibilities. Contact information: Wanda Allen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pediatric Rehabilitation (course # 9600)
Supervisor: Eugenio Monasterio MD (Director Richmond Children’s Hospital PM&R Services)
Description: The Pediatric Rehabilitation elective offers opportunities to participate in Physiatric management of children with congenital and acquired disabilities at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond and VCU. There is a broad exposure to acute inpatient, day patient, and outpatient programs. The student will encounter children with spinal cord and brain injuries, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophies, feeding difficulties and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The interdisciplinary team management of children with multiple medical, functional and psychosocial impairments is emphasized. There are no night or weekend responsibilities.
Contact information: Kimberly Bradberry at: email@example.com
Spinal Cord Injury (Course # 6025)
Supervisor: Dr. Lance Goetz MD (McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Richmond, VA)
Description: This elective provides a clinical experience in the medical and surgical complications of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), such as deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, autonomic instability, electrolyte and hormonal imbalance, uncontrolled hypertension. The SCI Service at the VA Medical Center is a 100 bed service providing acute care, rehabilitation, and sustaining care of the SCI patient. This is one of the largest units on the east coast, serving patients in a 150 mile radius, admitting approximately 50 new injuries every year and serving more than 1,000 out-patients. The student will learn how to manage neurogenic bladder, pressure sores osteomyelitis, and ventilator dependent patients as well as be an active member of the interdisciplinary team and participate in the academic activities of the service. There are no night or weekend responsibilities.
Contact information: Wanda Allen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Washington School of Medicine
Clerkship: Visiting Rehabilitation Medicine Clerkship
Duration: 4 weeks
WisconsinMedical College of Wisconsin
The Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation welcomes current 4th year medical students, in good academic standing from LCME or AOA accredited medical schools, interested in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). We currently offer the following rotations to visiting medical students:
Spasticity Management & Rehabilitation
*To identify specific neurologic disorders/syndromes resulting in functional deficits and correlate the anatomic and physiologic basis for spasticity in those conditions.
*To review the common patterns of clinical motor dysfunction and resulting functional deficits.
*To describe and compare the treatment options available for the management of spasticity, including physical and occupational therapy, medication management, Botox injections, baclofen pumps, and surgical treatments.
*To formulate a comprehensive rehabilitative plan of care for patients with spasticity.
Spine and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
*Learn to perform physical examinations for evaluation of common non-surgical musculoskeletal disorders involving the neck, back, knee, shoulder, ankle and foot.
*Develop skills in taking focused histories for common musculoskeletal disorders.
*Understand the anatomy and biomechanics relevant to common musculoskeletal disorders.
*Understand the application of various diagnostic tools, such as electrodiagnostic studies, imaging studies and diagnostic injections, in the evaluation of common musculoskeletal disorders.
*Understand the principles of soft tissue healing and exercise physiology as applied to the rehabilitation of common musculoskeletal disorders.
*Provide an exposure to a formal interdisciplinary team approach for providing coordinated medical care and rehabilitation management.
*Provide a fundamental core of knowledge in the physical diagnosis and treatment of disabling diseases and injuries, encountered in the routine practice of medicine.
*Provide a fundamental core of knowledge to address the prevention of conditions or complications that lead to impairment, disability, or handicap.
*Provide experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for later specialty referral.
Spinal Cord Injury
*Identify components of the interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation of the SCI patient.
*Familiarize self with the treatment of acute spinal cord injuries.
*Develop awareness about the needs of people with disabilities and recognize patients who would benefit from rehabilitation services.
*Learn clinical examination for myelopathies.
*Familiarize self with basic treatments for neurogenic bowel, bladder, pressure sores, spasticity and pain.
*Be able to formulate a treatment plan and functional goals for one spinal cord injured patient.
*Complete InSTep online course
*Demonstrate an understanding of the neurological and behavioral deficits resulting from brain injury.
*Identify components of the interdisciplinary approach to the rehabilitation of the brain injured patient.
*Solve selected problems for improvement of physical and psychosocial functioning of the brain injured patient.
*Familiarize self with current technologies applicable to brain injury rehabilitation.
*Identify pharmacologic approaches to treating brain injury complications and impairments.
*Be able to formulate a treatment plan and functional goals for brain injured patient depending on severity of impairments.
For visiting student information please visit: http://www.mcw.edu/Medical-School/Home/Visiting-Students.htm
Office of the Registrar
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226