Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Penn Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department sets itself apart from others by providing the very best in world class health care.

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As one of the top leaders in health care in the nation, we attract residents that are seeking the most diverse and comprehensive educational experience in the field of rehabilitation medicine. Below are some of the exceptional and unique qualities of our program:

  • We have the oldest physical medicine and rehabilitation department in the United States.
  • We have pioneered essential rehabilitation treatments, including prosthetics and orthotics, and computer-based vocational training.
  • There is a strong institutional commitment to the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and to post-acute care across Penn Medicine. This translates into our commitment to support a strong and vibrant PM&R residency-training program across all of our teaching hospitals.
  • The Penn PM&R department has trained many prominent and historically important physiatrists including Howard A. Rusk, MD, who is considered to be the founder of rehabilitation medicine.
  • We rank among the highest PM&R departments nationally for NIH funding.
  • We have a diverse faculty consisting of MDs, DOs, psychologists and PhDs.
  • We collaborate with exceptionally strong physical, occupational and speech therapy departments.
  • Our faculty includes specialists that represent the full spectrum of rehabilitation medicine including sports, spine, traumatic brain injury, women's health, cancer rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, hand, fluoroscopic spinal and ultrasound guided injections, amputee medicine, electromyography and general rehabilitation.
  • Our chief residents are members of our departmental Program Evaluation Committee and have input into decisions affecting the educational program.
  • Our graduates have consistently progressed to highly competitive fellowship and job positions in the fields of their choosing.
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