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 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 2019 RREMS Site Sponsor!

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

  • Site Director: Anne Felicia Ambrose, MD, MS
  • Contact: 914-597-2322 or Email
  • Location: 785 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
  • RREMS Mentors: Anne Felicia Ambrose, MD; Pasquale Fonzetti, MD; Richard Novitch, MD
  • Research Areas: Retrospective analysis of risk factors in stroke; evaluation of role of MMSE on predicting discharges disposition among stroke patients; development of Burke Fall Risk Screening Tool

Cincinnati Children's Hospital and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

  • Site Director: Brad Kurowski, MD, MS
  • Contact: 513-636-7480 or Email
  • Location: 3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 4009, Cincinnati, OH 45229
  • RREMS Mentors: Brad Kurowski, MD; Shari Wade, PhD; Nathan Evanson, MD, PhD
  • Research Areas: Pediatric brain injury outcomes, neurocognitive and behavioral recovery after pediatric brain injury, animal models of brain injury recovery

Hospital for Special Surgery

  • Site Director: Ellen Casey, MD
  • Contact: 202-606-1149 or Email
  • Location: 429 East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021
  • RREMS Mentor: Ellen Casey, MD
  • Research Areas: Translational research investigating the role of endogenous and exogenous sex hormones in lower limb neuromuscular control and sports-related knee injuries

Johns Hopkins University

  • Site Director: R. Samuel Mayer, MD, MEHP
  • Contact: 410-502-2337 or Email
  • Location: 600 N. Wolfe Street, Phipps 198, Baltimore, MD 21287
  • RREMS Mentors: Pablo Celnik, MD; Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, MD, PhD; Frank Pidcock, MD; Christina Sadowsky, MD; Stacey Suskauer, MD; Stephen Wegener, PhD
  • Research Areas: Cerebral plasticity and transcortical magnetic stimulation (Celnik); dysphagia (Gonzalez-Fernandez); spasticity in children (Pidcock); spinal cord injury (Sadowsky); pediatric brain injury (Suskauer); chronic LBP (Wegener)

Michigan Medicine

  • Site Director: Sandra Hearn, MD
  • Contact: 734-232-0912 or Email
  • Location: 325 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
  • RREMS Mentor: Anna Kratz, PhD
  • Research Areas: Chronic symptoms (pain, fatigue) and functional outcomes (cognition, social functioning); use of qualitative methods and/or wearable technology to collect data

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: Sewon Lee, MD; Yuxi Chen, MD; Matthew Bartels, MD, MPH
  • Research Areas: Biomechanical alteration of gait to improve low back pain; biomechanical alteration of gait to improve knee pain; virtual reality analgesia for pain control in pediatric populations; 3D printing for prosthetics and orthotics; biomechanics pelvic floor training for urinary incontinence in women

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: John Whyte, MD, PhD (your primary contact); all of the Institute's scientists are potential mentors for this experience, depending on the student's interests
  • Research Areas: Translational neurorehabilitation research related to both cognitive and motor impairments following CNS injury or disease (spanning the spectrum from basic cognitive and movement neuroscience to treatment interventions intended to enhance cognitive, motor, and social functioning)

NYU Langone Health/ Rusk Rehabilitation

  • Site Director: Zena Moore
  • Contact: 212-263-8022 or Email
  • Location: 240 E 38th Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10016
  • RREMS Mentors: JR Rizzo, MD, MSCI; Preeti Raghavan, MD; Prin Amorapanth, MD, PhD
  • Research Areas: Stroke rehab; TBI rehab; assistive tech rehab (work in eye tracking and upper extremity hardware/software experiments, computer vision and assistive technology in low vision, TBI and emotional regulation meets eye tracking/imaging and neurocognitive testing)

The Ohio State University

  • Site Director: W. David Arnold, MD
  • Contact: 614-293-4969 or Email
  • Location: 1060 Carmack Road, Rightmire Hall RH, Building 308, Arnold Lab, Room 105, Columbus, OH 43210
  • RREMS Mentor: W. David Arnold, MD
  • Research Areas: Translational neuromuscular physiology of genetic disorders of muscle, nerve and the motor neuron; aging-related loss of physical function

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: Leslie Rydberg, MD; Andrea Domenighetti, PhD; Prakash Jayablan, MD, PhD; additional mentors available based on student’s area of interest
  • Research Areas: Molecular biology, cell biology, histology, genomics and druggability to identify new mechanisms relating to muscle tissue and muscle stem cell dysfunction; genetic and epigenetic modifications affecting muscle and nerve plasticity in patients with spinal cord and brain injury (cerebral palsy and stroke); degenerative joint disease; management of sports-related concussions; biomarker analyses to develop exercise regimens for people with musculoskeletal injury or disease

St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute

  • Site Director: Gregory Carter, MD, MS
  • Contact: 509-473-6910 or Email
  • Location: 711 S. Cowley Street, Spokane, WA 99202
  • RREMS Mentors: Gregory Carter, MD, MS; Douglas Weeks, PhD
  • Research Areas: Translational clinical research aimed at alleviating impairment due to stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative conditions, cardiac, pulmonary and orthopedic conditions in adults and children (specifically, students would be involved in examining interventions to address sleep disorders in patients receiving inpatient therapy services following acquired brain injury)

University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Site Director: Danielle Powell, MD, MSPH
  • Contact: 205-934-5674 or Email
  • Location: 1717 6th Avenue, South SRC 144, Birmingham, AL 35249
  • RREMS Mentors: Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PhD; Victor Mark, MD; Amie McLain, MD
  • Research Areas: Ketogenic diet and SCI; SCI and pregnancy; stroke treatments

University of Pittsburgh

  • Site Director: Brad Dicianno, MD
  • Contact: 412-822-3691 or Email
  • Location: 3471 5th Avenue, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
  • RREMS Mentors: Several mentors available based on student's research interest
  • Research Areas: Several projects available (please visit website)

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

  • Site Director: Kathy Brown
  • Contact: 713-797-7429 or Email
  • Location: 6431 Fannin Street, MSB G550A, Houston, TX 77030
  • RREMS Mentors: Sheng Li, MD, PhD; Nuray Yozbatiran MD, PhD
  • Research Areas: Neuropathic pain management with neuromodulation after SCI and amputation; spasticity and disordered motor control after stroke with non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS and tDCS); non-invasive brain and non-invasive spine stimulation coupled with robotic-assisted training for improving arm and hand functions after incomplete spinal cord injury

University of Utah School of Medicine

  • Site Director: Anna Tingey
  • Contact: 801-587-0232 or Email
  • Location: 30 N 1900 E, 1C299, Salt Lake City, UT, 84132
  • RREMS Mentor: Zachary McCormick, MD
  • Research Areas: Clinical outcomes and prognostic factors related to the treatment of cervical radicular pain, lumbar radicular pain, whiplash injury, cervical facet joint syndrome and lumbar facet joint arthropathy

UT Southwestern Medical Center

  • Site Director: Cindy Dolezal
  • Contact: 214-648-2735 or Email
  • Location: 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390
  • RREMS Mentors: Kathleen Bell, MD; Thiru Annaswamy, MD; Amy Mathews, MD; Mariana Johnson, MD; Lindsay Ramey, MD; Radha Holavanahalli, PhD; Shannon Juengst, PhD; Candice Osborne, PhD, OT; Nicholas Fey, PhD
  • Research Areas: Spine pain management; electrodiagnostic medicine; human gait and biomechanics; telerehabilitation; virtual reality applications in rehabilitation; amputee and prosthetic management; musculoskeletal disorders; doncussion and brain injury; stroke; burn injury and rehabilitation

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Site Director: Nitin Jain, MD, MSPH
  • Contact: 615-936-8508 or Email
  • Location: 2201 Children's Way, Suite 1318, Nashville, TN 37212
  • RREMS Mentor: Nitin Jain, MD, MSPH
  • Research Areas: Musculoskeletal medicine; sports medicine; epidemiology; outcomes research; clinical trials

Washington University School of Medicine

  • Site Director: Heidi Prather, DO
  • Contact: 314-747-2828 or Email
  • Location: 14532 South Outer Forty Road, Chesterfield, MO 63005
  • RREMS Mentor: Heidi Prather, DO
  • Research Areas: Hip-spine syndrome; prearthritis hip disorders; PROMIS outcomes reporting; acupuncture in treatment benefit

Wayne State University

  • Site Director: Michelle Brock, MA
  • Contact: 313 375-7226 or Email
  • Location: 10000 Telegraph Road, Taylor, MI 48180
  • RREMS Mentors: Jean Peduzzi, PhD; P. Tyler Roskos, PhD; Darren Fuerst, PhD
  • Research Areas: Artificial spinal cord in regaining forelimb-hindlimb coordination; traumatic brain injury; effects of exercise or exercise and environmental enrichment on cognition and balance in people with traumatic brain injury

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. Sponsor sites will continue to be added through December 2018.
  • Each student must contact the designated person at their desired sponsor site and devise a 3 page proposal (excluding references) after communicating with an approved mentor.
  • Students may submit only one application and research proposal for the 2019 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

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_2019. 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
  • Methods
  • Specific Aims and Hypotheses
  • Analysis Plan
  • 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 are due February 1, 2019 at 5pm ET.
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