Each rotation has unique opportunities for specific education objectives. In addition to those, the residency-wide educational experience is composed of the following:
PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4 Years
Journal Club – Weekly - For each teaching module, two residents lead in-depth discussions on current and classic academic literature. This lecture is attended by faculty, and invited statisticians.
Sports Conference – A monthly conference moderated by a musculoskeletal, sports fellowship-trained physiatrist. The lecture series combines didactic lectures with hands on training to provide residents with a proper joint specific physical exam skills.
EMG Conference - A monthly conference moderated by a physiatrist, who is subspecialty boarded in EMG. The forum is case-driven, with emphasis on differential diagnosis, NCS/EMG procedures and the ability for these studies to help rule in/out various pathology.
M&M Conference - A quarterly conference moderated by an internist. Case review is designed to aid physicians and ancillary staff in better treatment management at the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. It is used as a quality-improvement program, and is unique in that it provides a forum where both faculty and residents can examine areas of failure and in turn put in place mechanisms to avoid repeating mistakes.
Spine Conference - A monthly conference moderated by a musculoskeletal physiatrist specializing in spinal intervention. The forum is case-driven with emphasis on differential diagnosis, radiographic familiarity, and treatment options.
Didactic Lectures - Weekly - Expose residents to fundamental broad concepts in rehabilitation medicine. Practitioners of all medical subspecialties assist to provide lectures on current advances in the field. There are ten modules, i.e. stroke, cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, industrial/ occupational, electrodiagnostics, spinal cord injury, brain injury, pediatrics, orthotics and prosthetics, and geriatrics, spanning eighteen months.
National Conferences - Residents are encouraged to participate at national conferences, specifically AAPM&R and AAP. Reimbursements are available for those residents with publications. (Annually)
Each Resident is required to participate in an approved research project. A paper and presentation are required at the end of each academic year on Resident’s Day.
The format of the presentations should parallel a typical research article such as those written in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or the Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. For PGY2 and PGY3 residents, it is acceptable to present initial proposals (PGY2), and work in progress (PGY3) in their paper and presentations. Senior residents present completed work and are encouraged to submit their final work for peer review publication.
In the fall of your PGY2-year, residents are given lectures on basic concepts in research as well as selection of research topics and faculty mentors from whom to choose. This process optimizes the ability of the faculty to provide effective mentorship. In exceptional circumstances, residents may identify another faculty member either in or out of the department to be their research mentor with permission of the Residency Program Director. Prior to granting an exception, the resident and proposed mentor must present a credible research plan.
It is a policy of the faculty of the department to promote a meaningful research experience. Residents, clinical supervisors and research mentors should work in a collaborative manner to identify times when the resident can be away from specific rotations to pursue their research endeavors.