Overview & Structure

RREMS students spend eight weeks working on their proposed research plan at the sponsor site of an accomplished PM&R mentor. In addition to the research completed during the program, many students are also given the opportunity to spend time in the clinic with their mentors. Participants are given a $4,000 stipend, and the sponsor site also covers registration and travel to the AAP's Annual Meeting, where students present scientific papers. Learn more from our RREMS Director, Brad Dicianno, MD:

Our 2020 Site Sponsors

The following institutions are committed to advancing the specialty by hosting students for the Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS). Students select a site sponsor with a research focus they are interested in exploring, then work with them to develop a proposal that is submitted with their application. If selected, the student then spends eight weeks working with their mentor at the site sponsor to develop their abstract.

Apply to be a 2021 RREMS Site Sponsor!

Beaumont Hospital Taylor

  • Site Director: Tyler Roskos, PhD
  • Contact: 313-375-7226 or Email
  • Location: 10000 Telegraph, Taylor, MI 48180
  • RREMS Mentors: Tyler Roskos, PhD; Johnathan Ho, MD
  • Research Areas: Current projects involve sports concussion, novel interventions for stroke and TBI rehabilitation, sleep and appetite issues in TBI and stroke, outcome assessment from inpatient rehabilitation, cognitive and behavioral assessment of TBI and stroke patients, and medical comorbidities affecting inpatient rehabilitation outcome.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

  • Site Director: Andrew Abdou, DO
  • Contact: 914-313-7135 or Email
  • Location: 785 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
  • RREMS Mentor: Andrew Abdou, DO
  • Research Areas: Neurorehabilitation, stroke, rehabilitation technology, assistive devices, spatial neglect, posture and balance, prism adaptation treatment

Johns Hopkins University

  • Site Director: R. Samuel Mayer, MD, MEHP
  • Contact: 410-502-2447 or Email
  • Location: 600 N. Wolfe Street, Phipps 198, Baltimore, MD 21287
  • RREMS Mentors: Preeti Raghavan, MD; Ryan Roemmich, PhD; Stephen Wegener, MA, PhD; April Pruski, MD; Robert Brodsky, MD; Albert Recio, MD; Stacy Suskauer, MD
  • Research Areas: Projects may include muscle stiffness in CNS disorders, gait analysis in stroke, prevention of chronic back pain through behavioral interventions, dysphagia, pediatric TBI and concussion

Michigan Medicine

  • Site Director: Mahmood Gharib, MD
  • Contact: 734-936-7175 or Email
  • Location: 325 E Eisenhower Pkwy., Ann Arbor, MI 48108
  • RREMS Mentors: Mahmood Gharib, MD; James Eckner, MD
  • Research Areas: The UM Dept. of PM&R has a total of 11 physician and 20 non-physician faculty members actively conducting research in diverse areas relevant to the field of physiatry such as spinal cord injury, concussion, clinical outcomes assessment, brain computer interfaces and rehabilitation engineering technology, pain, fatigue, cardio-metabolic disease and frailty in people with disabilities, fall-related injuries, cancer rehabilitation, orthotics and prosthetics, and more.

Montefiore Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • Site Director: Matthew Bartels, MD, MPH
  • Contact: 718-920-2751 or Email
  • Location: 111 East 210th Street, Bronx, NY 10467
  • RREMS Mentors: A. Felicia Ambrose, MD, Yuxi Chen, MD, Anna Lasak, MD, Julio Vazquez-Galliano, MD
  • Research Areas: Use of a novel biomechanics device for the modification of gait and biomechanics to improve back and knee pain; Virtual reality analgesia to control pain in children undergoing botulinum toxin injections; Evaluation of conservative measures to control sacroiliac and pelvic dysfunction in patient with low back and hip pain; Conservative care using biomechanics alterations of pelvic floor mechanics for treatment of incontinence in older women; Investigation of the feasibility and applicability of 3D printing for creation of upper extremity prosthetics and orthotics for children and adults.

Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute/ MossRehab Hospital

  • Site Director: John Whyte, MD, PhD
  • Contact: 215-663-6872 or Email
  • Location: 50 Township Line Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
  • RREMS Mentors: Multiple mentors are possible. Interested students should consult the MRRI website for areas of research that interest them, and then touch base with Dr. Whyte who will help match student and summer mentor from among the available scientists.
  • Research Areas: Multiple funded investigators studying recovery of cognitive and motor function after stroke and TBI. Projects range from more basic science to more clinical application.

Ohio State University

  • Site Director: W. David Arnold, MD
  • Contact: 614-293-8434 or Email
  • Location: 1060 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210
  • RREMS Mentor: W. David Arnold, MD
  • Research Areas: The Arnold Lab is primarily focused on translational neuromuscular physiology in health and disease with a particularly interest in understanding the role of motor neuron dysfunction in age-related loss of physical function as well as other genetic neuromuscular disorders.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab/ Northwestern University

  • Site Director: Leslie Rydberg, MD
  • Contact: 312-238-2907 or Email
  • Location: 355 E. Erie, Chicago, IL 60611
  • RREMS Mentors: Variable
  • Research Areas: Knee arthritis; shoulder pain in spinal cord injury; muscle contractures in cerebral palsy

University of Minnesota

  • Site Director: Brionn Tonkin, MD
  • Contact: 612-626-4913 or Email
  • Location: 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 297, Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • RREMS Mentors: Leslie Morse, DO; Ricardo Battaglino, PhD
  • Research Areas: Current research is being done in many areas but most notably in brain injury medicine and basic science spinal cord injury medicine.

University of Pittsburgh

  • Site Director: Brad Dicianno, MD
  • Contact: 412-822-3691 or Email
  • Location: 3471 5th Avenue, Suite 910, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
  • RREMS Mentors: Several mentors available based on student's research interest
  • Research Areas: Several projects available (please visit website)

UT Southwestern Medical Center

  • Site Director: Maria Kabamalan
  • Contact: 214-648-2755 or Email
  • Location: 5300 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390
  • RREMS Mentors: Kathleen Bell, MD; Thiru Annaswamy, MD; Yasin Dhaher, PhD; Amy Mathews, MD; Mariana Johnson, MD; Lindsay Ramey, MD; Shannon Juengst, PhD; Candice Osborne, PhD, OT; Nneka Ifejika, MD; Nicholas Fey, PhD
  • Research Areas: Actigraphy and mobile health; amputee and prosthetic management; brain injury; concussion; human gait and biomechanics; instrumentation; musculoskeletal disorders including spine, joint, tendon and soft tissue disorders; self-management of chronic conditions; stroke; telerehabilitation; virtual reality applications in rehabilitation

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Site Director: Kara Dyer
  • Contact: 615-936-5502 or Email
  • Location: 2201 Children's Way, Nashville, TN 37212
  • RREMS Mentor: Nitin Jain, MD
  • Research Areas: Musculoskeletal research; Sports medicine research; Genetics; Clinical trials

What to Know Before You Apply

RREMS is offered to all medical students, but may be most applicable for first year students. Allow at least one month to complete the application process. Please do not wait to contact sponsor sites if you are interested in participating. If you are interested in a clinical-based experience, consider applying for the AAP's Medical Student Summer Clinical Experience (MSSCE). Please read through the following requirements carefully:

  • Students are responsible for identifying their own mentors from the AAP's approved list of sponsor sites. Applications will not be accepted unless the sponsor site has been approved prior to the student’s application.
  • Each student must first complete an Interest Form identifying their preferred sponsor site/s by December 2020. If you missed the deadline, please email Amy Schnappinger before you contact site sponsors or begin the application process.
  • The AAP will connect students with the designated person at their approved sponsor site. Students will then devise a 3-page proposal (excluding references) after communicating with an approved mentor.
  • Students may submit only one application and research proposal for the 2021 program.
  • The student must be enrolled in an accredited medical school in the United States. We encourage applications from students wishing to work with mentors outside of their own institutions.
  • The primary mentor listed be an MD and/or PhD who holds a primary faculty appointment in the PM&R department at the sponsor site.
  • Each approved student will receive a $4,000 stipend, as well as additional travel and registration expenses to cover the AAP's Annual Meeting. This stipend will be released in installments, and students will receive the full amount only when completion of their project is confirmed by their mentor.
  • Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements and travel to/from their summer research institution.
  • Each student must commit to a project that will last eight consecutive weeks over the summer and present their findings at the AAP's subsequent Annual Meeting.

Application Materials

If you have not completed an Interest Form, please email Amy Schnappinger before moving forward in the application process.

Include the following documents in the the application package in the below order. Scan or combine all materials into a single PDF file. Name the file in the following format: SmithM_2021. Use our recommendations to create a strong application. Application materials include:

Research Plan: Each student must make contact with the designated person at their desired sponsor and devise a 3-page proposal (excluding references) after communicating with an approved mentor. The proposal must be single spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font and contain the following information:

  • Title
  • Background Including Importance of Proposed Work
  • Specific Aims and Hypotheses
  • Methods
  • Analysis Plan
  • Role of the student
  • Expected Results and Rationale
  • References

Student's Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume: Students must submit a CV including prior degrees and institutions attended.

NIH Bio-Sketch: An NIH Bio-sketch for the faculty mentor must be provided.

Personal Statement: Students must submit a one page personal statement explaining interest in research, clinical exposure that may be available or any other information that may be relevant.

Letter of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation (up to 2) are acceptable but not required. This should be submitted electronically with your application.

Additional Materials: If a research project involves something that is potentially patentable, licensable or copyright worthy, the faculty mentor and student are encouraged to work with their local technology transfer office and RREMS to generate a dissemination plan that will meet the needs of the program without compromising the commercial potential of the research. Please notify us in advance if this is anticipated.

Applications for the Summer 2021 program open this fall!
Apply in Fall 2020