Messages from our Chiefs


Daniel Probst, M.D.

Michael Sookochoff, M.D.

A Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Training Program must provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient learning opportunities to meet the demands of this broad 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 with the Veterans Affairs Hospital, and Consult experience at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Our outpatient rotations include Musculoskeletal 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, float trips, and our program broomball team, to name a few events.

The leadership and attending support within the program makes this program “the complete package.” We have 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. Mentorship for ongoing resident endeavors and future career decisions is abundant. 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!