Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Penn Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residents gain in-depth training while rotating through a variety of clinical settings.

Our PM&R residents rotate through a variety of clinical settings in world-renowned clinical institutions. Our program is also the only PM&R program to train at the Philadelphia Veteran's Affairs Medical Center.

The four year integrated categorical program offers a year-long internship focused on building a solid foundation of medical experience and knowledge. Interns are exposed to a variety of services especially relevant to physiatrists in training.

Through electives, Penn PM&R interns and residents are also able to take advantage of the vast clinical experiences available through the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Veteran's Affairs Medical Center.

Inpatient Rotations

The inpatient rotations provide in-depth training in the rehabilitation of the following conditions:

  • Amputation
  • Medically complex conditions
  • Orthopaedic conditions and trauma
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury
  • Other neurologic conditions

Four-Year Residency Program

The four-year integrated categorical program at Penn Medicine offers a broad-based year-long internship which allows the residents to be well-prepared for the upcoming training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

PGY-1

Internal Medicine

  • 3 Months
  • Pennsylvania Hospital

General Surgery

  • 1 Month
  • Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Family Medicine

  • 1 Month
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Neurology

  • 1 Month
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Neurosurgery

  • 1 Month
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Orthopedic Surgery

  • 1 Month
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, and Weightman Hall Sports Medicine Center

General Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology

  • 1 Month
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

  • 1 Month
  • Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM)/ Rittenhouse Campus

Elective Rotations

  • 2 Months

PGY-2

Stroke and Amputee Rehabilitation

  • 2 Months
  • Inpatient
  • Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM)/ Rittenhouse Campus

Brain Injury / Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

  • 2 Months
  • Inpatient
  • Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM)/ Rittenhouse Campus

Spinal Cord Injury and Medically Complex

  • 2 Months
  • Inpatient
  • Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM)/ Rittenhouse Campus

General Rehabilitation

  • 2 Months
  • Inpatient
  • Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Pediatric Rehabilitation

  • 2 Months
  • Inpatient
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Rehabilitation and Inpatient Consult

  • 2 Months
  • Inpatient, Consult
  • Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM)/ Rittenhouse Campus

PGY-3

Traumatic Brain Injury

  • 2 Months
  • Inpatient
  • Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM)/ Rittenhouse Campus

General Rehabilitation

  • 2 Months
  • Inpatient
  • Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown, PA**

PM&R Acute Inpatient Consults

  • 2 Months
  • Acute Care Consults
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Outpatient EMGs, Spine, Spinal Cord Injury, Acupuncture

  • 2 Months
  • Outpatient
  • Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Outpatient Interventional Spine, General Musculoskeletal, SCI, TBI, Sports Medicine Clinics

  • 3 Months
  • Outpatient
  • Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM)/ Rittenhouse Campus

Elective

  • 1 Month

PGY-4

Outpatient Electrodiagnostic Medicine

  • 2 Months
  • Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM)/ Rittenhouse Campus and Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Outpatient General Rehabilitation 

  • 2 Months
  • Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM)/ Rittenhouse Campus

Outpatient Neurorehabilitation

  • 1 Month
  • Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM)/ Rittenhouse Campus, Penn Musculoskeletal Center, Pennsylvania Hospital

Outpatient Interventional Spine

  • 1 Month
  • Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM)/ Rittenhouse Campus

Outpatient Sports Medicine and Women's Health

  • 1 Month
  • Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM)/ Rittenhouse Campus, Penn Musculoskeletal Center, Weightman Hall Sports Medicine Center

Outpatient Cancer Rehabilitation and Pain

  • 1 Month
  • Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM)/ Rittenhouse Campus, Abramson Cancer Center

Outpatient General Rehabilitation

  • 2 Months**
  • Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown, PA

Outpatient Electives

  • 2 Months

Elective Rotations

There are diverse opportunities available for elective rotations some of which include:

  • Cancer Rehabilitation (Department of PM&R)
  • Dermatology & Wound Care (Department of Dermatology)
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine (Department of PM&R)
  • Hand surgery (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Interventional Pain (Department of Anesthesiology)
  • Movement disorders (Department of Neurology)
  • Musculoskeletal radiology (Department of Radiology)
  • Occupational Medicine (Department of Occupational Medicine)
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation (Department of PM&R)
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics (Department of PM&R)
  • Rheumatology (Department of Medicine, Rheumatology division)
  • Sports Medicine (Department of PM&R, Family Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • Rheumatology (Department of Medicine, Rheumatology division)
  • Sports Medicine (Department of PM&R, Family Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery)

** Housing provided in Allentown during these rotations.

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