Lectures and Activities
The didactics portion of the residency consists of a broad range of topics and activities. The program is based on the educational guidelines set by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Didactics are scheduled as weekly course-based lectures facilitated by a faculty member. The series is completed in 18 months allowing each resident to be exposed twice to each course.
Didactics include the following courses:
Introduction to PM&R
Spinal Cord Injury
Neurorehabilitation (stroke and brain injury)
Orthotics and Prosthetics
Geriatric and Cancer Rehabilitation
|Additional Specific Educational Opportunities:|
|Anatomy Cadaver Course||This six week intensive study of neuromuscular anatomy is led by faculty and senior residents.
Prosthetics and Orthotics Workshop
||Residents visit local prosthetics companies on a yearly basis for observation of the manufacturing and fitting of these devices|
|MSK Ultrasound Workshops|| Gives residents a hands-on experience in MSK ultrasound with attending oversight. Residents also have the opportunity for small group teaching in the workshops|
|Professional Development||Broad lecture series from guest speakers and department faculty covering topics such as ‘statistics for PM&R physicians’, ‘billing and coding’, ‘medicolegal issues for physiatrists’, ‘the culture of patient safety’, ‘coping with stressful situations’, ‘ethical dilemmas’ and ‘volunteer opportunities in Pittsburgh’.|
|Oral Board Review||Monthly with our Associate Director|
|Radiology Rounds||Residents present interesting cases involving radiological images, EMG, or clinical pearls|
|Resident Journal Club||Discussion of relevant PM&R articles led by a PGY-2 resident with faculty mentorship and guidance.
|Chair Lectures|| Monthly lectures or discussions with Dr. Sowa covering current rehabilitation news and/or events. Topics are chosen by the residents.|
|Aside from formal didactics, there are monthly resident meetings and program director meetings to discuss the program and recommendations for continued improvement.
|Resident Grand Rounds - Scheduled during PGY-3, each resident presents a lecture on a topic of his/her choosing with faculty mentor guidance. Previous topics have included:
Biomarkers of osteoathritis
Brain tumors in TBI
|The psychology of rehabilitation
The use of biological agents in sports
Overhead throwing mechanics in athletes
|Panther Rehab Grand Rounds - Invited guest speakers from other institutions and/or departments are invited on a monthly basis to present lectures covering topics relevant to PM&R.Recent presentations and presenters have included:
“Pathophysiology of Traumatic Brain Injury and Neurodegenerative Sequelae: Insights from Diffusion Tensor Imaging, Clinical, and Microdialysis-based Studies” presented by, David L. Brody, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO.
“Plexopathy in the Cancer Setting” presented by: Michael D. Stubblefield, MD, Associate Attending Physiatrist, Sillerman Center for Rehabilitation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY.
“Progressive Resistance Exercise and Parkinson's Disease” presented by, Daniel Corcos, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago.