Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

Medical Student Elective
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation 3707  (arrange)

Rotation Supervisor:   Dr. Geoffrey Smith
Designated signer: Joanne Palmer, Fontaine Research Park Bldg 545, 2nd fl., Suite 240,
Duration: 2 weeks
Available: Periods 2 & 3 reserved for students with career interest in PM & R; 4, 5 and 7 - 10
Time to report: 8:00 am
Place to report: UVA HealthSouth Rehab Hospital, 3rd floor nurses station, Fontaine
Report to: Dr. Alfano
Typical day: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Number of students per rotation: 1
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory. With supervisor's pre-approval a student may be away no more than 4 days during a 4-week rotation without loss of credit.
Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service. Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1. Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.
Evaluation should be given to: Attending on service

Course Description: Through exposure to individuals with spinal cord injury in an inpatient rehabilitation setting, a student will develop knowledge and appreciation for the unique medical problems and challenges associated with the rehabilitation process.
Skills: Comprehensive rehabilitation assessment and prescription-writing skills will be emphasized. Students will also have an opportunity to actively participate in the rehabilitation of individuals with other diagnoses on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Exposure to acupuncture, spasticity management through botulinum toxin and outpatient musculoskeletal care are also possible. Visiting students should follow the directions in their acceptance email to schedule MIS and CareCast training.

Students at the University of Virginia need to contact:

Joanne Palmer

UVa Musculoskeletal Center, Suite 240

545 Ray C. Hunt DriveCharlottesville, VA 22908-1007
(434) 243-5622

Fax: (434) 243-5639


Individuals from outside the University need to contact:  

Electives Coordinator

UVA Office of Student Affairs

Box 800739 - McKim Hall

UVA HSC Charlottesville, VA 22908