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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program Objectives

Following completion of the Training program, the physician should demonstrate:

Medical Knowledge

  • A thorough knowledge of the structural and physiological basis of normal human functioning, including the functional demands imposed by vocational and avocational pursuits and by human development from birth to old age.
  • A thorough knowledge of the structural and physiological basis of impairment due to cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuro/musculoskeletal and other organ system impairments, including clinical evaluation and documentation of the impairment.
  • Knowledge of cardiovascular, pulmonary and neuro/musculoskeletal disease entities with respect to their manifestations and differential diagnosis, natural history, electrodiagnostic evaluation, laboratory workup and an understanding of the spectrum of pharmacological and surgical treatments available.
  • An understanding of the psychological variables in disability and modes of intrapersonal psychological adaptation to dysfunction, including the interaction of the disability with the patient's community, familial and sexual relationships.

Patient Care

  • Commitment to the patient's needs on a long-term basis with an understanding of the importance of enlisting available extrapersonal support systems (e.g., family, independent living centers, community resources, special services, etc.).
  • The ability to manage and direct the patient's care program through the coordination of the activities of the other professionals participating on the rehabilitation team. This requires managerial skills as well as respect for and a familiarity with the contributions of the other rehabilitation professionals on the team.
  • The ability to design, implement, and monitor an appropriate rehabilitative program specific to the patient's dysfunction, developmental level and needs, using various interventions, including modalities, exercise, orthotics, prosthetics, psychotherapeutics and patient education.

Systems Based Practice

  • Ability to critically evaluate and apply current information in the field as presented through various media (e.g., journals, lecture) and ability to use available informational resources to seek solutions to clinical problems.
  • Skills in advocacy for the persons with disabilities in the medical community and at the local and national government level.


  • Fluency and competence in the presentation of pertinent topics in the field to colleagues.

Practice Based Learning

  • Achievement in one or more of the following areas:
  • Commitment to teaching at all levels and knowledge of the variety of teaching techniques.
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, administrative medicine related to cost and delivery of care, including medical audit, utilization review, peer review, appropriate level of care, etc.
  • Ability to pursue basic or applied research under supervision, including acquaintance with protocol development, literature research, data acquisition and analysis of the preparation of an abstract suitable for presentation at an approved national rehabilitation meeting.


  • Residents will:
    • Coordinate a teamwork strategy.
    • Accept responsibility and is accountable.
    • Demonstrate open and responsive attitude to feedback from other team members, patients, families, and peers.
    • Behave honestly, sensitively, patiently, and compassionately.