Penn Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Penn Spine & Sports Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship Program for Physiatrists

The Spine & Sports Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship is a specialized post-graduate training program designed to provide focused knowledge and skills in the management of persons with spine and musculoskeletal disorders. This is a 12-month program that offers clinical and interventional care, teaching and research experiences for select physiatrists at the Penn Spine Center. This nationally recognized interventional physiatric program emphasizes the recruitment and training of the next generation of academic physician leaders in the field of rehabilitation medicine.

Spine & Sports Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship Curriculum

The mission of the program is to provide spine and musculoskeletal medicine education to academically inclined physiatrists who have completed an accredited residency training program and who wish to bring clinical excellence to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. It incorporates:

Clinical Education

  • Exposure to acute, sub-acute and chronic musculoskeletal and spine pathology
  • Exposure to shadowing a musculoskeletal physical therapist at scheduled clinics
  • Opportunity to learn fluoroscopically guided spinal injections and ultrasound guided peripheral joint injections under direct attending supervision at scheduled clinics
  • Maintain and sharpen electrodiagnostic skills
  • Supervise medical students and PM&R residents clinically and didactically
  • Opportunity to set up half-day clinics with interventional radiologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, sports medicine physicians, radiologists
  • Opportunity to see patients in the Penn Sports Medicine Center

Teaching Opportunities

  • Organize Journal Club and Interdisciplinary Spine Rounds Conference
  • Supervise Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania PM&R residents and medical students on rotation

Research Opportunities

  • Adopt and work on a significant musculoskeletal research project at the Penn Spine Center
  • Prepare for and give Grand Rounds style presentations
  • Write a publishable chapter or article

Patient Care

  • Penn Spine Center outpatient clinics both independently and directly supervised by attending
  • Penn Spine Center procedure clinics directly supervised by attending
  • Electrodiagnostic examinations both independently and directly supervised by attending
  • Weekend inpatient call
  • Checking messages/voicemail on a regular basis. All patient care related phone calls should be returned within one working day.

Fellowship Requirements

Requirements for consideration for the Spine & Sports Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship at Penn include:

  • Completion of an accredited North American physical medicine and rehabilitation residency
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation, with at least two being from your academic institution

For more detailed information on the Spine & Sports Musculoskeletal Fellowship Program, download The Fellowship Brochure.

Apply to the Fellowship Program

To apply to the Fellowship Program contact Rebecca Rushin at Rebecca.Rushin@uphs.upenn.edu or Desiree Grant at Desiree.Grant@uphs.upenn.edu for information on application materials. Applications are due July 15. Interviews will be granted only following receipt of all application materials.