The residency training years in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
are an opportunity to begin to explore a host of clinical areas
ranging from stroke rehabilitation to electrodiagnosis, and to begin to
develop the necessary clinical skills to become a thoughtful and
compassionate physiatrist. Since the field continues to be one of the
few remaining underserved disciplines, upon completion of training
physiatrists encounter a wide array of diverse employment
opportunities. The 14-position three- and four-year residency training
program is fully accredited by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for
Graduate Medical Education).
Some of our residency program's strengths include:
- A commitment to training well rounded physiatrists
who excel in all areas of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
- Our Chairman, Dr. Robert
Wilder who leads by example and is
personally committed to resident education.
- Our Residency Program Director, Dr. Jeffrey
Jenkins, a respected physician and educator. The recipient of
numerous teaching awards, Dr. Jenkins was elected to the University of
Virginia’s Academy of Distinguished Educators in 2006. He also serves
on the Graduate Medical Education Committee of the American Association
of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
- The University of Virginia PM&R faculty,
who collectively possess decades of experience and an unusual breadth
of expertise. Faculty clinical and research interests cover essentially
all aspects of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. These include, but
are not limited to, Stroke Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Medicine,
Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, Sports Medicine, Athletic Performance,
Interventional and Non-interventional Pain Management,
Electrodiagnosis, Neuromuscular Medicine, Occupational Medicine, and
- The small size of the department (only 4 residents
per year), which ensures a high faculty-to-trainee ratio and a
tremendous amount of one-on-one teaching, learning, and
Extensive experience in Sports
Medicine. Our residents and faculty provide medical coverage
for local high school football games and several major distance running
events throughout the year, including the Charlottesville Marathon. Two
of our faculty serve on the UVA Athletic Department staff, affording
our residents the opportunity to work with intercollegiate athletes as
- Affiliation with the prestigious
University of Virginia School of
- Inpatient rehabilitation training in a
freestanding rehabilitation hospital which is a joint venture between
the University of Virginia and the HealthSOUTH
corporation. This training environment offers a true
“real world” experience in rehabilitation medicine and
an invaluable systems-based practice education.
- A very generous salary and
benefits package offered
by the University of Virginia to its resident physicians. Salaries rank
at the 75th percentile nationally, and health insurance is
provided for free -- with no premiums and no doctor
visit co-pays within the Health System.
- Extensive training in
Electrodiagnosis. Residents spend six months in the
EMG lab. A typical resident performs three to four hundred studies
during his/her training, easily exceeding ACGME and ABEM requirements.
UVA PM&R residents have been among the highest scorers nationally
on the AANEM Self-Assessment Examination.
- A great place in which to live and
Virginia is highly ranked on almost any list of the
best places to live in America. A college town in a beautiful and
historical natural setting, Charlottesville offers recreational and
cultural opportunities galore. It is the home of a physically and
intellectually active population and the site of burgeoning art, music,
and food scenes. Check out the Charlottesville accolades!
- A group of highly qualified,
bright, inquisitive, and well-rounded resident physicians!