- Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities:
- Long-Term Acute Care:
- Skilled Nursing Facilities:
- Outpatient Facilities:
- Boston - Downtown Crossing
Gloucester - Cape
- Lexington - Pediatrics
PM&R Residency Program
The PM&R Residency Program is a three (3) year program commencing in PGY 2. The training is robust and assures that residents meet the requirements of the ACGME as well as allowing enough flexibility (see sample rotation schedule) to focus on fine tuning the training you will need to focus on your clinical and research area(s) of interest.
Our residents have the unique inpatient experience of caring for patients at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH), one of the largest freestanding rehabilitation hospitals in the United States. Spaulding offers a solid representation of the core rehabilitation patient populations, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), amputee, pain management, pediatrics, and postoperative orthopedics. All units are designed to be homogenous by diagnosis, and are staffed by physicians with focused interests in these areas of disability.
The core didactic curriculum includes a 12-month repeating lecture series to cover all aspects of PM&R. Topics include anatomy, kinesiology, cancer rehabilitation, nerve and muscle disorders, musculoskeletal and sports medicine, occupational medicine, electrodiagnostics, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, pediatric rehabilitation, geriatrics, orthotics/prosthetics, physical modalities, and the business aspects of a PM&R practice. The lecturers, who have a special interest in these varied lecture topics, are chosen for their renowned expertise, many of whom are based at our Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals. (More about rotations)
Residents are required to perform research during their residency. Under the mentorship of our department faculty, residents must submit at least two papers and/or posters to a PM&R-related scientific meeting. The most common forums are the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) and the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP). In addition, residents are required to submit for publication at least one paper to a peer reviewed journal.
During the call period, residents are responsible for emergency and routine care of all patients on the PM&R inpatient services at SRH. Residents are on call at SRH approximately every sixth night during the PGY-2 year (about 5 calls/month = 4weeknights and one weekend 24-hour period per month). During the PGY-3 year, call is taken approximately 20 times per resident. Residents do not take 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.
Other Curriculum Offerings
In addition to the core curriculum, the residency provides patient care conferences, one-on-one didactics with attending physicians, and grand rounds as opportunities for further education. Also, there are weekly chief's rounds with our department chairman, and a weekly morning report where cases are discussed with our program director. A monthly journal club reviews current and classical literature. Residents serve as members on the editorial board of the surveillance journal "Rehab in Review," a Harvard-based publication which is nationally distributed. Our residents also enjoy a rich variety of outpatient experiences with physiatrists and related specialists rotating at surrounding Harvard teaching hospitals and clinics. One of the highlights of our program is a very generous elective schedule (four months) that allows time to develop areas of interest.