Welcome from the Chief Residents

On behalf of our 34 residents, welcome to the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center! We strongly believe that we are part of the best PM&R program in the country located in one of the most interesting cities.

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Clinical Experience:
PM&R residents are exposed to a wide variety of inpatient care including spinal cord injury, general rehabilitation, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. Both the spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury programs are NIDILRR designated Model Systems. Check out the Rotation Schedule page on this website for descriptions and schedule grid.

Didactics
The strong didactic program is geared not only towards the boards, but also towards practical clinical knowledge. Each Wednesday morning, we have dedicated lecture time that is truly protected with 100% faculty support. That means no pagers and no notes to catch up on afterwards. Additionally, there are monthly Panther Grand Rounds consisting of nationally and internationally recognized guest lecturers. The curriculum can be reviewed on this site’s Lectures and Activities page.

Research
PM&R faculty, both physicians and scientists, offer residents diverse experiences in basic and clinical research through a strong mentoring program. Each PGY2 resident is allotted one month dedicated to research. During this time, the resident works closely with basic  and/or clinical science staff on a chosen project.  Residents who choose to continue their projects into their 3rd and 4th years can exchange elective rotations for extra months of research. For those who are considering a career in research the UPMC PM&R Research Track is available and provides additional research time during outpatient rotations. Residents pursuing this course are encouraged to apply to the Association of Academic Physiatrists Rehabilitation Medicine Scientist Training Program (RMSTP).

The strong support our residents receive in their research activities is evident in the number of awards received, posters accepted and oral presentations given at national conferences.

Faculty
Our distinguished faculty members are world-renowned with many active in cutting-edge research. Work in the areas of brain-computer interfaces, wellness in adults with spina bifida, mechanical properties of vertebral discs, laryngeal electromyography, rehabilitation for ICU patients, and post-stroke cognitive function are just a few of the exciting projects that are underway.

Residents
We work hard, we play hard! Our work week averages 50-60 hours with 1 weekend call a month, leaving us with plenty of time to enjoy life. We are parents, dog owners, dancers, triathletes, foodies, published authors, and national society office members.

Thank you for your interest in our program. We hope to meet you soon! Please feel free to contact us individually if you have any questions.

 

Residency Chiefs


Matthew Drakeley, MD
Administrative Chief

Matthew Santa Barbara, MD
Academic Chief


Mary Schmidt, DO
Education Chief