PM&R Residency Curriculum
PGY1 FIRST YEAR:
The internship year is divided into six months of Internal Medicine, two months of Neurology, and one-month rotations in Emergency Medicine, outpatient and inpatient Orthopedics, PM&R, and Urology. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residents develop strong fundamental clinical skills during their first year of training, and work with specialists who will serve as important referral sources for their rehabilitation practices in the future.
Building on the foundation of the internship year, the second year program exposes the resident to a variety of inpatient rehabilitation experiences. Specialized programs have been developed in stroke and brain injury, spinal cord injury, and orthopaedic rehabilitation. Residents participate in daily multidisciplinary inpatient rounds and are introduced to techniques of rehabilitation team management, therapy prescription writing, and functional goal setting. Residents are also given time on their General Rehabilitation rotation to develop and pursue research interests. All PGY2 residents receive a stipend to attend the national AAPM&R Academy meeting.
3 months General Rehabilitation Rotation
3 months Neurorehabilitation Rotation
3 months Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Rotation
3 months Orthopaedic/Joint Rehabilitation Rotation
PGY3 THIRD YEAR:
Residents in their third year of training rotate through a variety of predominantly outpatient programs.
3 months Adult Inpatient Consults Rotation
3 months PM&R Outpatient
3 months Electrodiagnostic
1 month Elective Rotation
PM&R Adult Inpatient Consults: This is a 3-month rotation in which residents spend their time primarily at the UVA Medical Center evaluating inpatients, with occasional evaluations done at the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Center.
PM&R Outpatient Clinic: This is a 3-month rotation in which residents spend 4 days per week in the musculoskeletal clinic, primarily evaluating and treating a variety of sports injuries and other acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems. Residents learn a variety of procedures including compartment testing, joint injections and trigger point injections in addition to EMG. Additionally, residents provide medical coverage for multiple community sporting events and two high school football teams. One 1/2 day per week is spent in Rheumatology Clinic and one 1/2 day per week is spent in Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinic.
PM&R Electrodiagnostics Lab: This is a 3-month rotation in which residents are paired with a senior resident and learn to perform and interpret nerve conduction and electromyography studies. Additionally, residents will perform EMG guided botulinum toxin chemodenervation procedures. Each resident performs approximately 200 EMGs over three months.
PM&R Residency Program Rotation in Pain Management: This is a one-month rotation in the UVA Pain Clinic with the Department of Anesthesia. Residents work with Pain Fellows and Anesthesia Attendings in addition to Pain Psychologists. Residents see a variety of chronic pain disorders and have an opportunity to assist in pain procedures in the fluoroscopy suite. (In the past five years, seven PM&R residency program graduates have gone on to UVA Pain Management Fellowships.)
PM&R Residency Program Rotation in Geriatrics & Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation: Each rotation is two weeks.
PGY4 FOURTH YEAR:
The senior year enables the resident to further his or her clinical, teaching and research skills.
3 months Electrodiagnostics Lab Rotation
1 month Interventional Spine Rotation
1 month Outpatient Orthopaedics
4 months Outpatient Clinical Electives
2 months Inpatient and Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Rotations
Electrodiagnostic Medicine Rotation: This is a 3-month rotation in which senior residents participate in the teaching of junior residents in the EMG lab. In addition to EMG and nerve conduction studies, residents perform a number of chemodenervation procedures (botulinum toxin injections) under EMG guidance. During the course of their residency, most UVA PM&R residents perform and interpret 350 to 400 electrodiagnostic studies.
Interventional Spine Rotations: This is a one month rotation in which residents work in an interdisciplinary spine center under the direct supervision of a fellowship trained interventional spine PM&R physician. The resident gains experience with the diagnosis and management of spine pathology. Significant time is allotted for hands on training in fluoroscopically guided pain procedures.
PM&R Residency Program Rotation in Outpatient Orthopaedics Clinic: This is a one-month rotation in the orthopaedic clinic. Residents rotate through various subspecialty clinics including joint replacement, orthopedic spine, hand, foot and ankle and trauma.
PM&R Outpatient Clinical Electives: Residents have four months of elective outpatient rotations of their choosing with opportunities to participate in electives outside of our program.
PM&R Residency Program Rotations in Pediatric Rehabilitation Inpatient & Outpatient: This is two one-month rotations at the Kluge Children's Rehabilitation Hospital. Residents participate in rounds and are supervised by pediatricians and pediatric fellows specializing in pediatric rehabilitation. (UVA PM&R residents do not take night call at KCRC.)
PM&R Residency Program Rotation in Occupational Medicine: This is a one-month rotation spent in the PMR outpatient occupational medicine clinic where residents learn techniques in manual medicine, chemodenervation, impairment ratings, and Independent Medical Evaluations while treating general musculoskelal injuries and work related injuries.