Contact Information

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 

Residency Program Director: Sam Colachis, MD
Residency Program Coordinator:
Stephanie McDonough
Residency Program Coordinator
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dodd Hall, Room 1018A

Training Tracks

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:

  • Neurorehabilitation
  • 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.

Resident Call

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.

Resident Evaluations

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


Block 1:
Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital: TBI

Block 2:
Grant Medical Center: Consults

Block 3:
Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital: Stroke

Block 4:
Riverside Methodist Hospital: Consults

Block 5:
Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital: General/Ortho

Block 6:
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Inpatient


Block 1:
Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital: SCI

Block 2:
Ohio State: Consults

Block 3:
Nationwide Children’s Hospital: Outpatient

Block 4:
Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital: Oncology

Block 5:
Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital: Senior Inpatient

Block 6:
Ohio State: Outpatient


Block 1:
VA Hospital: Outpatient

Block 2:
Riverside Methodist Hospital: Outpatient

Block 3:

Block 4:
Community Hospital: Inpatient

Block 5:
Ohio State: Outpatient

Block 6:
Grant Medical Center: Outpatient

Clinical Rotations

All clinical rotations occur in two-month blocks. Residents will rotate through multiple hospitals in the Columbus area throughout their three years.

General Rehabilitation

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.

Stroke Rehabilitation

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

Cancer Rehabilitation

Located at Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital, this service involves the rehabilitation of patients who have active malignancies. Many are being treated with chemotherapy or radiation. Ohio State offers one of the few programs in the nation with a service dedicated to cancer rehabilitation. It includes experience working in the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute – one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Residents coordinate oncologic care, prevent complications and design rehab programs for patients with active malignancies.

Senior Inpatient Rehabilitation

Residents oversee and assist other residents during Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital inpatient rotations. This includes teaching other residents as well as medical students. This rotation promotes leadership and work flow management.

Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

During this Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital inpatient service, residents treat patients with traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). This includes spine mechanical stability and orthotic support, pulmonary problems, autonomic dysfunction, spasticity, bowel and bladder management and other SCI complications. Assistive technology is emphasized on this rotation.

Traumatic Brian Injury Rehabilitation

Also in Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital, this training focuses on the post-acute management of patients with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries. This service emphasizes cognitive rehabilitation, including post-traumatic amnesia, agitation and other behavioral disorders and pharmacologic management.

Riverside Methodist Hospital and Grant Medical Center Consults

On this rotation, residents assess and manage patients at each of two large community hospitals. As consultants, residents primarily function to evaluate patients for inpatient rehabilitation and physiatric management before discharge from acute care. These rotations also provide residents with consultative inpatient EMG experience.

Riverside Methodist Hospital and Grant Medical Center Outpatient

These outpatient services provide intensive experience in electrodiagnostic procedures, musculoskeletal ultrasound, disability evaluations and management of neuromusculoskeletal problems. Residents gain experience working in an educational private-practice setting with EMG and MSK experts.

Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation

Located at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, this service involves adapting rehabilitation to the child’s developmental level. Residents manage the care of children with acute and chronic disability, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurologic disease and neuromusculoskeletal disorders.

Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, residents experience the family dynamics of children with chronic disability. Clinics include, but are not limited to, wheelchair prescription, electrodiagnostic care, cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, concussion and spasticity management.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Consults

This includes evaluation of patients seen in consultation by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Residents routinely see complex patients on the trauma, neurology, neurosurgery, transplant and cancer services.

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:

  • EMG
  • Prosthetics
  • Orthotics
  • 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.

Resident Elective

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