Educational Experience

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency

Rotation Schedule

Residents will have a unique inpatient rotation schedule, prepared in the 4+2 model, to maximize the time spent in protected inpatient and outpatient rotations and minimize transitions in care. The inpatient experience will be comprised of rotating on various inpatient services, at an outpatient clinic, and a consultative service at Memorial Regional Hospital and/or Memorial Hospital West. See a sample rotation schedule (PDF).

Inpatient Experience

  • Memorial Rehabilitation Institute
    • Brain Injury/Cerebrovascular Accident
    • General (Orthopedics)
    • General (Medically Complex)
    • Neuro-Rehabilitation/Spinal Cord Injury
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
  • Consults at Memorial Regional Hospital and/or Memorial Regional West

Outpatient Experience

Residents will have a robust outpatient component in their residency program comprised of rotations in:

  • Subspecialty Clinics
  • Musculoskeletal/Pain
  • Electromyography (200 EMGs required)

20 days of paid time off available each year.

Didactic Offerings

The following are examples of conferences and workshops that will be offered through Memorial Healthcare System.

Resident Didactic Curriculum
The didactic series is an 18-month cycle and provides four hours of resident lectures per week. Lectures are provided by PM&R faculty, faculty outside the PM&R department, PM&R residents and allied health professionals. The curriculum, in addition to lectures, will be delivered using small group discussions and team-based learning. 

Research Curriculum
The program has devoted teaching resources for research design and methodology as well as a format for stimulating research ideas and collaboration on the research products. There will be a series of lectures discussing how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients and applied to patient care through exposure to the four components of scholarship, as defined by Boyer (discovery, integration, application and teaching), regarding how to evaluate a research article and how to conduct a research project. 

Evidence-Based Medicine Curriculum
The program has devoted teaching resources to develop critical appraisal skills of current literature. There will be a series of lectures discussing how to improve understanding of research design, research methodology and statistical analysis.

Quality Improvement Curriculum
Residents will be involved in their own quality improvement project on an annual basis, mentored by Memorial Healthcare System PM&R faculty.

Continuity Curriculum
This curriculum is being developed to expose residents to the multi-faceted nature of healthcare. As the team leader for a patient's rehabilitation, it is important for residents to understand all levels of care, as well as the various disciplines that a patient may encounter throughout their rehabilitation. 

Noon Conference at Memorial Regional Hospital South
This conference will be held at Memorial Regional Hospital South for residents and faculty to attend. Topics will include:

  • Interesting Case Discussion
  • Radiology
  • Pharmacy
  • Rehab Technology

PM&R Grand Rounds
Presented by PM&R faculty, residents and selected outside speakers. This CME-accredited conference is designed to cover a specific area of PM&R or related practice in depth. 

Journal Club
This monthly conference emphasizes becoming familiar with new research in the field of PM&R and developing critical appraisal skills. 

Anatomy Lab and Functional Anatomy
This forum is presented in conjunction with an anatomist and the PM&R faculty as an overview of gross anatomy and correlates with clinical pathology. Located at the Florida International University (FIU) state-of-the-art anatomy laboratory, these two-hour sessions during PGYII will consist of the following:

  • Review of the anatomy on the cadaver led by an anatomist
  • Overview of the clinical syndromes led by the residents and PM&R faculty

Ultrasound Workshop
One meeting per month for a six-month curriculum (one joint covered each session)

  • 45-minute lecture given by an upper-class resident
  • 20 minutes on general anatomy of importance
  • 15-20 minutes about US specific anatomy, what it will look like, exact positioning of the wand, some clinical pearls about needle placement etc.

Hands-on session with one attending in the room, and two residents from each class. Joints Included:

  • Knee
  • Hip
  • Wrist
  • Elbow
  • Shoulder
  • Ankle/foot

EMG Workshops
These will include faculty-led workshops designed to review current EMG/NCV techniques and clinical applications. 

Spasticity Workshop
The purpose of the workshop is to review current treatment options for spasticity and dystonia to differentiate between clinical features. 

Scholarly Activity
Teaching Opportunities – Residents have the opportunity to teach FIU, FAU and NSU medical students, physical therapy students and visiting students from other medical schools through bedside instruction and formal didactic lectures.

Committee Assignments
Committee participation is an effective way to promote professional development. Residents are encouraged to participate on committees within national organizations.

Other Activities
PM&R residents are encouraged to submit their research work for presentation at local, regional and national meetings. In addition, the department is supportive of resident and faculty efforts to publish case reports and research projects.