Letter from the Director

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn more about the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program at Washington University in Saint Louis. The selection of a residency training program is one of the most important decisions you will make in your medical career. Residency training is the time where book knowledge is taken and transformed into clinical knowledge that can be used to help someone in their time of greatest need.

Rehabilitation is similar to residency training in that both require goal setting, commitment and hard work. They also both require a strong, supportive environment. Here at Washington University, we are committed to providing a strong, supportive environment that will challenge you. Our affiliated hospitals include The Rehabilitation Institute of Saint Louis, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Veteran's Administration Hospital and Ranken Jordan Pediatric Hospital. These hospitals bring in patients from a wide geographic area, and from all ages and walks of life. Patients are looking to improve their function and quality of life following injuries and illness that range from the common to the exceedingly rare. Our clinics cover the vast array of physiatric disorders from acute musculoskeletal injuries, to those learning to walk with the prosthesis after recent amputation, to those trying to regain function after a neurologic injury.

Our faculty are committed to not only teaching you the facts you need to know, but also to helping you develop the clinical reasoning skills that you will utilize throughout your entire career in medicine. Additionally, we are committed to mentorship and to establishing relationships that last far beyond your time here in Saint Louis.

The residents here at Washington University are passionate and committed to obtaining the skills and knowledge required of today's physiatrist. They are also committed to supporting one another and are amongst the finest people with whom you could choose to work and learn.

John P. Metzler, M.D., Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Neurology
Program Director