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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Education

Houston, Texas

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Residency Program

About the Program

What is the Alliance?

The Baylor College of Medicine/The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance is a unique and successful arrangement between the PM&R departments of two medical schools. Since 1996 there has been a sharing of resources in education and research. The PM&R residents from both schools are ranked the same on the match, receive the same clinical training and lectures with the alliance faculty and an alliance certificate upon completion of residency requirements.

Is the training for both the UT and the BCM PM&R programs exactly the same?

The training for both programs is exactly the same. We have one educational program, one didactic schedule, one rotation, one vacation and one call schedule for the entire BCM/UTHMS PM&R Alliance Residency Program. All our residents are assigned to rotate at the affiliated hospitals of both Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

In addition, residents from either school are eligible to serve as chief residents of the entire BCM/UTHMS PM&R Alliance Residency Program.

Are you ACGME accredited?

We are ACGME accredited as two separate programs: Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. Both programs have received full accreditation by the ACGME.

What is the faculty to resident ratio?

To date, the departments of PM&R have a total of 69 research and Ph.D. research faculty which includes 28 clinical M.D.'s as teaching faculty. The faculty to resident ratio is 1:1, 1:2 or 2:1. At most of the 41 rotation sites, the ratio is one resident for each faculty member; however, at some of the sites it is two faculty per resident or two residents per faculty. The assignment is based primarily on the distribution of the workload.

How many residents are in the program?

Currently we have a total of 33 residents: 11 PGY-2’s, 10 PGY-3’s and 12 PGY-4’s.

Will I receive individualized attention?

There are approximately 10-12 residents in each Post Graduate Year (PGY) class. This is enough for you to feel like you are a part of a group, to identify colleagues similar to you, and to identify colleagues that have complimentary strengths and interests to yours. We believe that the structure of our educational experience allows for individualized attention sufficient to ensure the best possible education for each resident.

There are nine hospital sites within the program and there are 41-42 residency slots. This allows for exposure to many different faculty and different types of training sites e.g. private hospital inpatient service, public hospital inpatient service, private outpatient clinic service, public hospital consultations, etc. The faculty: resident ratio at each rotation is one-two faculty per resident or one faculty per one-two residents depending on the rotation site.

Why should I apply here?

Each applicant should consider the criteria that he/she has in mind when applying to residency. We have included information on our web site to inform you about aspects of our program that are important to you. Our program has a strong, nationally recognized faculty who are dedicated to teaching residents; our clinical rotation sites provide a wide variety of opportunities for training experiences in the private and public sector and in inpatient and outpatient services. Our past residents have obtained satisfying positions for which they were well prepared. Houston is a friendly, affordable and exciting environment in which to live during residency.

Can I be in contact with a resident in your program?

Several residents are willing to have you contact them about the program, about living in Houston, or about whatever you like. You may contact PM & R Alliance Education Office at to obtain the list and contact information.

Do I get a diploma from the Alliance upon graduation?

At graduation, you will receive a diploma from your respective medical school. Graduates who matched with the Baylor College of Medicine PM&R Residency Program, receive a diploma from Baylor, and those who matched with the University of Texas-Houston Medical School Residency Program, receive a diploma from UTHMS. In addition, each graduate receives a certificate from the Baylor College of Medicine/University of Texas-Houston Medical School PM&R Alliance Residency Program.

Are there opportunities for fellowships?

The BCM/UTHMS PM&R Alliance offers fellowships in brain injury, spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal/sports medicine and pain medicine.

What kind of positions have the program graduates taken? Where do they go?

Our graduates are very competitive for jobs (academic and private practice) or fellowships because of good training and a large alumni network. A great number of our graduates go directly into subspecialty training fellowships in brain injury, SCI injury, musculoskeletal/sports medicine, and pain medicine.

For the past few years, some of our graduates have entered pain fellowships, at several renowned programs, e.g., Harvard Medical School, University of California at Davis, Ohio State University, Indiana University and University of Texas-Houston. Some of our graduates have entered brain injury fellowships, three at the University of Texas-Houston, two at Baylor College of Medicine, and one at Northwestern University in Chicago. Other residents have entered musculoskeletal fellowships, one at Baylor College of Medicine, and the other at Louisiana State University. Some graduates have entered accredited spinal cord injury fellowships, one at Baylor College of Medicine, two at University of Texas-Houston, and one at VA Spalding in Boston.

Some of our graduates have also gone into private practice for the past few years in various locations including but not limited to New York City, Tampa, Florida; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas; Las Vegas, Nev.; Nashville, Tenn. Others have accepted academic positions at University of Texas, San Antonio, University of Texas-Houston, University of Kentucky, and Baylor College of Medicine - Department of PM&R. In addition, many of our former graduates have become leaders in the specialty and have served as PM&R department chairs or residency program directors.

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