The UPMC PM&R Residency wholeheartedly believes that the best way for a resident to develop as a well-rounded and competent clinician is by enhancing our strong didactic curriculum with a broad array of clinical experiences. Our residents are mentored by expert clinicians in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Our rotations provide opportunities in both academic and private practice settings giving experience in all aspects of rehabilitation medicine practice during residency training. See Rotation Sites for descriptions of training locations.

  Model Rotation Schedule
Rotations PGY2 PGY3 PGY4
Inpatient 8 months 4 months 2 months
       
Outpatient 3 months 4 months 7 months
General Physiatry 2 months ------- 1 month
Private Practice 1 month ------- 1 month
Pediatrics ------- 1 month 1 month
Musculoskeletal ------- 2 months -------
Sports ------- ------- 1 month
Electives ------- 1 month 3 months
       
EMG ------- 2 months 3 months
       
Consults ------- 2 months -------
       
Research 1 month ------- -------
       

Inpatient Rotations:
  Form a solid base of PM&R knowledge in a variety of inpatient care settings including SCI, brain injury, stroke and general rehabilitation services.
 
Present residents with opportunities for teaching and advancing skills in patient management.
 
Senior residents function as junior attendings integrally involved in directing patient team staffings, family meetings and teaching junior residents.

Outpatient Rotations:
Development of procedural skills, including joint and trigger point injections, botulinum toxin injections, and baclofen pump management.

Exposure to orthotics/prosthetics, amputee clinics, gait analysis and complimentary/alternative medicine.

Hands-on experience in pain management, including nerve blocks, epidural injections, PRP injections, MSK Ultrasound, and opioid management.

Exposure to Pediatric Rehabilitation with a wide array of patient populations including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, congenital myopathies, TBI, and SCI. Residents participate in Movement Disorder, spasticity, scoliosis, brachial plexopathy and orthopaedic clinics.

Senior continuity clinic – one half day per week during 4th year with the attending(s) of your choice.

EMG:
Exposure to EMG as a PGY2. Two months of EMG as a PGY3 and 3 months as a PGY4. Residents acquire well over 200 cases during their residency.

Provides experience needed to meet the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) eligibility requirements.

Consults:
Consult services at UPMC Mercy and UPMC Presbyterian include exposure to Acute Level I trauma patients, including burns, TBI, multiple trauma, amputee, SCI, and acute stroke and experience with one of the world's leading centers in transplant surgery.

Working with attending physicians at alternate care sites, including Skilled Nursing Rehab facilities and residential facilities for patients with multiple disabilities.

Research:
Working with experienced researchers is an opportunity to familiarize the resident with the basics of research or begin work on a more extensive project (for those who already have some research background).

Additional months available as an elective or for those residents on the UPMC PM&R Research Track.

Electives:
Options include, but are not limited to, administrative, neurorehabilitation, spasticity, pain, research, sports medicine, geriatrics, prosthetics and orthotics, or outside department/away elective.