Education & Training

PM&R Residency Program

Program Overview

Hosted by Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Harvard Medical School PM&R Residency is a three year program commencing in PGY 2. Combining extensive clinical experience, robust didactic training and generous research opportunities within the Harvard system, the program assures that residents meet all ACGME requirements while also receiving ample opportunities to develop individual professional interests. 

Spaulding is one of only two U.S. hospitals chosen by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) as a Model Systems Site for Burn Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury. Our residents care for patients at Spaulding’s new, state-of-the-art facility in Boston, which has been hailed as a national model for “green” and inclusive design.

Spaulding’s residency program offers extensive exposure to: 

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Cerebrovascular accidents 
  • Prosthetics/orthotics
  • Amputee care
  • Burn injury
  • Pediatrics
  • Postoperative orthopedics
  • Pain management
  • Sports medicine/ musculoskeletal care
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Core Curriculum

The core didactic curriculum includes a 12-month lecture series covering fundamental aspects of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Other key components of the program include:

  • Annual intensive anatomy week at Harvard Medical School
  • Weekly board review sessions
  • Monthly journal club sessions
  • Workshops in mind-body medicine and lifestyle medicine
  • Regular conferences on morbidity and mortality
  • Inpatient and outpatient therapy lectures with allied health professionals
  • Small group sessions with department leaders

Research Requirements

Under the mentorship of our faculty, and guided by a formal research curriculum, residents are expected to participate in at least one significant research project before graduation.

Call Schedule

PGY-2 residents are on call at SRH approximately 4 times per month.  During the PGY-3 year, call is taken approximately 15 times per year.  Residents do not take overnight call during their PGY-4 year. When rotating at some outside hospitals, call may be taken there in lieu of SRH call. During the PGY-2 year, residents on the neurology rotation at MGH assume call every fourth night and do not take SRH call. The call schedule for residents at SRH falls well within the limits required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

For More Information

For more in-depth information about residency at Spaulding, please visit the PM&R department’s website.  


Best Hospital 2016/2017

Spaulding is ranked 5th in the country among rehabilitation hospitals by US News & World Report.

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