Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Penn’s PM&R Department structures clinical rotations and didactics to provide in-depth, diverse training for our residents.

Education is one of our core missions. We strive to structure our clinical rotations and didactics to provide the most diverse educational experience for residents. Our philosophy ensures our residents are provided with a strong foundation in the field of physiatry by:

  • Providing diverse exposure to the field of rehabilitation medicine
  • Providing patient-centered care
  • Teaching by example both clinically and via faculty mentors
  • Inspiring life-long learning
  • Encouraging self-motivation
  • Providing adequate time for didactics and self-directed learning

Resident didactics are held weekly on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM for PGY-2, PGY-3, and PGY-4 residents. Didactics are designed with a three-tiered approach in mind:

  • Teaching on cutting edge medical thought and research given by national, Philadelphia area, and Penn Medicine attendings
  • Teaching on high yield topics given by Penn PM&R faculty
  • Board review and topical lectures given by senior PM&R residents

Other features of our didactics include:

  • Protected educational time for residents
  • 12-month curriculum (residents repeat curriculum two times) covering core subjects in PM&R
  • Monthly grand rounds and journal club led by PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents
  • Monthly Electrodiagnostic Medicine case conference led by PGY-4 residents
  • Chairman's rounds led by PGY-4 residents and Dr. Dillingham
  • Lunch Provided

The 12-month didactic cycle covers the following core subjects:

  • Biomechanics
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Electrodiagnosis
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine Modalities
  • Prosthetics & Orthotics
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Systems Based Practice
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