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 2019 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 2020 RREMS Site Sponsor!

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

  • Site Director: Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD
  • Contact: 914-597-2562 or Email
  • Location: 785 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
  • RREMS Mentors: Anne Felicia Ambrose, MD; Carolin Dohle, MD; Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD; Erika Trovato, DO; Benjamin Seidel, DO
  • Research Areas: Delirium implementation in patients with brain injury; correlation between AM-PAC (Activity Measure for Post Acute Care) score at acute hospital, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient setting among stroke patients; perception of use of Pt Pal app among patients for home exercise compliance

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 Mentor: Brad Kurowski, MD
  • Research Areas: Clinical and translational research related to recovery after acquired brain injury

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; Ryan Roemmich, 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); gait analysis (Roemmich)

Michigan Medicine

  • Site Director: Mahmood Gharib, MD
  • Contact: 734-936-7175 or Email
  • Location: 325 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
  • RREMS Mentor: James Eckner, MD
  • Research Areas: Over 40 physician and 20 non-physician faculty members are actively conducting research in diverse areas 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. Students will have ample opportunities to draw on the breadth and depth of research conducted within the department during their summer research experience.

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: Soo Yeon Kim, MD; Yuxi Chen, MD
  • Research Areas: Virtual reality analgesia; 3D printing for prosthetics and orthotics; biomechanical alteration of gait with AposTherapy; treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence with biomechanical alteration of gait

Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute/ MossRehab Hospital

  • Site Director: Brenda Castillo, MD
  • Contact: 215-663-6652 or Email
  • Location: 50 Township Line Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
  • RREMS Mentors: Many of the Institute's scientists are potential mentors, depending on the student's interests
  • Research Areas: MRRI labs focus primarily on patients with TBI and stroke, with additional research on Parkinson's Disease and Phantom Limb Pain in amputees. Research focuses on a range of translational topics related to cognitive and motor control impairments and their treatment.

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 with a particular emphasis on maintaining physical function during aging and in patients with genetic neuromuscular disorders; degenerative mechanisms of motor unit loss and repair during aging and potential therapeutics to reduce the burden of sarcopenia; fatigue and myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1)

Penn State College of Medicine

  • Site Director: David Gater, MD, PhD, MS
  • Contact: 717-531-4263 or Email
  • Location: 500 University Drive, Mail Code HP 28, Hershey, PA 17033
  • RREMS Mentor: David Gater, MD, PhD, MS
  • Research Areas: Spinal cord injury exercise; nutrition and metabolism

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: Andrea Domenighetti, PhD; Prakash Jayablan, MD, PhD
  • Research Areas: Knee arthritis; shoulder pain in spinal cord injury; muscle contractures in cerebral palsy

University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Site Director: Victor Mark, MD
  • Contact: 205-934-3499 or Email
  • Location: 1717 6th Avenue, Birmingham, AL 35249
  • RREMS Mentors: Victor Mark, MD; Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PhD
  • Research Areas: Patterns and interrelations of eye-hand coordination during visual attention problem-solving in adult brain-disabled patients and relationship to rehabilitation outcomes; ketogenic diet effects on sensorimotor function, functional recovery and metabolism in spinal cord injury; neuromuscular electrical stimulation effects on skeletal muscle metabolism in spinal cord injury

University of Pittsburgh

  • Site Director: Brad Dicianno, MD
  • Contact: 412-822-3691 or Email
  • Location: 6425 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  • RREMS Mentors: Several mentors available based on student's research interest
  • Research Areas: Several projects available (please visit website)

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 of minimally invasive techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of spine and joint pain, specifically radicular, discogenic, zygaphophyseal joint, sacroiliac joint and knee joint pain

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: 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; genetic epidemiology; cohort studies; 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 13, 2019. 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 2020 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_2020. 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 for the Summer 2020 program open in November 2019.
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