Messages from our Chiefs
A Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Training Program must provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient learning opportunities to meet the demands and breadth of this medical specialty. The PM&R program at Washington University accomplishes this objective with a strong presence in both the departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurology. We receive inpatient rotations in Spinal Cord Injury, Amputee Care, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Stroke at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, General Rehabilitation and Spinal Cord Injury with the Veterans Affairs Hospital, Pediatric Rehabilitation at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital and Consult experience at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Our outpatient rotations include Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine, Pain Medicine, Neurorehabilitation Clinic, EMG, and Orthotics and Prosthetics. Given that the program is a part of a major tertiary medical center, you will be able to learn from a diverse spectrum of patient cases.
The residency program is located in the city of St. Louis, which is a great place to live during your training. Forest Park provides a unique opportunity for both individual and family activities—from running, biking, and golfing to the zoo, museums, shows, and restaurants. The people of St. Louis are passionate about their sports teams and if you are a sports fan, taking in a Cardinals or Blues game will not disappoint. The weather is also enjoyable as you will experience all four seasons. Summers can be hot, but winters are usually very mild. As residents, we are a strong, cohesive group that has come together through picnics at the lake, float trips, happy hours, and our program broomball team, to name a few events.
The leadership within the program is dedicated to creating one of the most well-rounded and strongest PM&R training experiences in the country. We have continued to build a Quality Improvement initiative that is well-entrenched and supported in the health system to make expedited change. We have a Residency Research Group that meets on a monthly basis to go over research ideas and track progress with on-going projects. We have many opportunities to participate in the medical coverage of various competitive athletic events and also volunteer opportunities in the community where residents provide medical support for a variety of adaptive sports. Mentorship for ongoing resident endeavors and future career decisions is provided and abundant in all aspects of the specialty. Washington University PM&R is a unique program with special, accomplished people who are invested in this program’s current and future success.
Thank you for your interest in our program and welcome to WashU PM&R!