Ohio State’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency program offers both four-year categorical and three-year advanced training tracks. Candidates are selected using the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). There are seven positions available for each incoming class.
Those entering at a post-graduate year (PGY)-1 level will be assigned to the Preliminary Medicine Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. All PGY-1 residents are welcome to attend department activities, as their schedule allows. An additional month of PM&R may be available at the discretion of preliminary medicine program coordinators.
The three years of PM&R specialty training are spent under the direct supervision of Ohio State’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, including rotations at affiliated institutions.
Each resident’s training typically includes:
- 16 months in the inpatient rehabilitation setting
- 14 months of outpatient care
- 6 months of consultative experiences
- 6 months or more of neuromuscular care and electrodiagnostic medicine (EMG). The EMG experience is incorporated into all years of training in consult, inpatient and outpatient care
Conferences and Didactic Curriculum
Our academic curriculum includes a variety of lectures and conferences including faculty-led grand rounds, case conferences, journal clubs, our newly developed musculoskeletal ultrasound program and our core curriculum.
Our core curriculum rotates annually and includes these courses:
- General rehabilitation
- Pain and disability
- Pediatric rehabilitation
- Prosthetics and orthotics
- Neuromuscular medicine and electrodiagnostics
- Musculoskeletal medicine and ultrasound technology
Residents are required to develop a research project during their three years at Ohio State. In consultation with a faculty advisor, each resident should prepare a poster or paper to present at a national meeting.
All call is taken from home. Occasional evaluation in the hospital may be required. At Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital’s inpatient facility, call averages one night per week and one weekend per month during inpatient rotations. Nationwide Children’s Hospital call alternates between residents on pediatric rotations and consultation rotations.
Internal measures of resident performance include:
- Evaluation based on specialty-wide Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) milestones
- An examination at the end of each core curriculum course
- 360-degree evaluations
- Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
- Practice-based learning and improvement evaluations
External performance assessments include:
- The AAPM&R Self-Assessment Examination for Residents (SAE) – an annual comprehensive written examination required for PM&R residents
- The annual American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Training Program SAE-R – optional for PGY-2 residents and required for PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents
Residency Schedules and Rotations
Sample Rotation Schedule
Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital: TBI
Grant Medical Center: Consults
Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital: Stroke
Riverside Methodist Hospital: Consults
Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital: General/Ortho
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Inpatient
Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital: SCI
Ohio State: Consults
Nationwide Children’s Hospital: Outpatient
Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital: Oncology
Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital: Senior Inpatient
Ohio State: Outpatient
VA Hospital: Outpatient
Riverside Methodist Hospital: Outpatient
Community Hospital: Inpatient
Ohio State: Outpatient
Grant Medical Center: Outpatient
All clinical rotations occur in two-month blocks. Residents will rotate through multiple hospitals in the Columbus area throughout their three years.
Residents will learn about the rehabilitation of patients with complex orthopedic and neurologic problems. Patient care includes:
- Confirmation of diagnosis and prevention of recurrence
- Anticipation and prevention of complications and early treatment
- Coordination of rehabilitation team care
- Prescription of orthotics, wheelchairs and adaptive equipment
This service includes experience in geriatric rehabilitation, which is located at Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital.
Residents learn to rehabilitate patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke syndromes. Patient care, located at Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital, includes:
- Confirmation of diagnosis
- Secondary stroke prevention
- Anticipation and prevention of stroke complications
- Coordination of rehab team care
- Pharmacologic and functional management of stroke recovery
Senior Inpatient Rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Traumatic Brian Injury Rehabilitation
Riverside Methodist Hospital and Grant Medical Center Consults
Riverside Methodist Hospital and Grant Medical Center Outpatient
Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation
Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Consults
Ohio State PM&R and EMG Outpatient Clinics
Residents gain experience evaluating and managing approaches under the supervision of numerous clinical faculty members. Areas include:
- Wheelchair prescription
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Outpatient rehabilitation
This rotation includes EMG experience in nearby outreach clinics listed below.
Outpatient Veterans Affairs Rehab (VA Columbus)
Residents gain outpatient PM&R and EMG experience here. This includes learning to diagnose and manage common conditions addressed in the outpatient PM&R setting.
Residents are given their choice among the outpatient clinics listed here (not a comprehensive list). Residents may also choose other elective opportunities with the program director’s approval.
- Electromyography (EMG) Clinics: Electrodiagnostic and neuromuscular evaluations
- Pain Management: Experience with PM&R physicians who practice interventional and non-interventional pain management
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Clinic: Outpatient management of patients with spinal cord injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinic: Outpatient management of patients with traumatic brain injury
- Spasticity Management: Experience involving systemic and local spasticity therapies including, but not limited to, neurotoxin injections and baclofen pump adjustments and refills
- Sports Medicine Clinic: Experience in the nonsurgical and surgical aspects of the care of injured athletes, including work with the physiatrist, family physicians and orthopedists who jointly staff this clinic
- Prosthetics/Orthotics Clinic: Exposure to patients in conjunction with prosthetic/orthotic practitioners from area facilities
- Rheumatology Clinics: Exposure to a wide range of connective tissue, immunologic and musculoskeletal disorders