Research Training and Mentoring

Our faculty members are enthusiastic mentors to students at all levels of higher education and are invested in teaching the next generation of scientists and physician scientists.

Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP)

The Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP) provides 3 years of support for research training, mentorship and career development for those physiatrists committed to building productive careers in academic medicine and research. The ultimate aim of the RMSTP is to increase the number of rigorously trained, extramurally competitive and scientifically productive faculty in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). The training program is open to eligible residents, fellows and junior faculty.

Application information and the program overview is available on the RMSTP section of the AAP website.

Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS)

The RREMS was developed for medical students with strong research interests. The program will provide an exciting and structured research experience while exposing the medical student to some of the most successful and respected faculty mentors in the field of PM&R.The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation program is a site sponsor and offers a variety of mentors. Contact Brad Dicianno, MD, program director, for more information on the available departmental mentors.

This program is offered through AAP and the Foundation of PM&R

Our residency program offers additional opportunities to medical students. Visit for more information.

Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research and Training

The Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research & Training is committed to accelerating progress in this emerging field using a network of national expertise to support research collaborations, education and technology development. Visit the website ( to learn more about our initiatives and programs.

UPSOM student opportunities

PM&R offers a wide range of research from bench to bedside for med students interested in areas such as assistive technology, biomarker research, brain-computer interface.

We also offer programs designed to familiarize med students with the clinical side of the PMR specialty.

Our Research and Programs booklet below describes the opportunities available in the department.

PMR Programs and Research for Med Students