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Program Overview

The University of Michigan PM&R department was founded in 1950 by Dr. James W. Rae. Since then, this program has been recognized as a premier residency training program. Our inpatient rehabilitation unit ranks among the nation's best and is one of the federally funded Model Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation programs. Our residency program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education of the American Medical Association and is recognized by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


Since our first resident joined us in 1953, the program is proud to train the nation's best physiatrists. Whether a resident's professional goals include academics, research or private practice, this residency provides faculty, staff and peers who support residents in achieving their best.


Listed below are some of the many training and teaching opportunities we offer our residents.

Presentation and Teaching Opportunities

Lecture Schedule

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. – Resident Lecture Series
Wednesday, 7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. – Electromyography Lecture
Wednesday, 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Neuromuscular Lecture
Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Grand Rounds
Thursday, 9:15 a.m.- 11:15 a.m. – Resident Lecture Series

Additional lecture opportunities:

Residency Rotations and Facilities

During inpatient rotations, residents are involved in all aspects of patients' medical and rehabilitation care, from admission to running team meetings to discharge. Residents will collaborate with all members of the rehabilitation team including the rehabilitation nurses, physical therapist, occupational therapist, therapeutic recreation, speech and language pathologist, rehabilitation psychologist, , orthotist, prosthetist, social worker, case managers  and discharge planners. Unique opportunities at the University of Michigan are marked with an **.

Other Pertinent Information

There are 30 faculty physiatrists, the majority of whom have advanced certification or a second advanced academic degree (e.g., pediatrics, internal medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine). The resident/attending ratio is about 1:1. In addition, there are 12 Ph.D. faculty, including clinical psychologists, and a rehabilitation engineer.

Per the House Officers Association contract

20weekdays a year

Conference time
Up to three days are allowed in the PGY-3 year, and up to five days during the PGY-4 year.

Please refer to the House Officers Associationweb site to find updated information on wages, savings plan, call schedule, child care leave, FLEX benefits, health insurance.

Professional Development Fund
Up to $1,500 may be available to PGY-4's to attend the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation annual conference.

PM&R House Officers are permitted to engage in extracurricular medical practice that is not part of their training program, only if they have a permanent medical license, with permission from the Program Director, and only if the total hours worked per week (residency commitments and moonlighting) does not exceed 80 hours per week. The Department has a specific policy regarding this activity; the policy can be seen upon request.