In addition to the core curriculum, we provide supplementary courses and hands-on workshops to augment your education and sharpen your skills. Also, see the residents page and educational activities

Residents enjoy protected time for research, to attend seminars, and to present at national conferences. They participate in the AAPM&R SAE, the AAEM SAE examination, and an internal oral examination each year. Additional experiences include caring for injured athletes at the Houston Marathon, other athletic events in Houston and the surrounding area, and community rehabilitation experience at the Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Program (RSVP).

Our program offers teaching in all the required areas of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Our nationally recognized faculty provide specialty training in spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, pain management, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Residents are exposed to rotations in pediatric rehabilitation, sports rehabilitation, cancer rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, electrodiagnostics and rehabilitation of veterans, among others.


Our program adheres to the ACGME PM&R requirements for residency training.

Every resident will have the following experiences:

  • At least 12 months of inpatient rehabilitation experience
  • At least 12 months of outpatient rehabilitation experience with a focus on musculoskeletal medicine, exclusive of EMG experience
  • Four to five months of EMG experience(residents on average preform at least 200 EMGs during their training)
  • Two to five months of rehabilitation consultation experience
  • Two to three months of pediatric rehabilitation experience

Sample Rotation Schedule

PGY-2                                PGY-3                                   PGY-4
3 months TIRR                  3 months TIRR                      VA EMG
3 months VA SCI               QM Clinic                              QM Inpatient
QM Inpatient                     Baylor MSK                           VA MSK
SL Inpatient                      TCH MSK                               TIRR Outpatient
VA Inpatient                      TCH Outpatient                    BT Consults
VA EMG                             SL Inpatient                         QM Clinic       
BT Consults                       SL Consults                          Baylor MSK
Baylor EMG                       TCH Inpatient                       Baylor EMG
                                          QM EMG                               SL Consults

Call Schedule

Call responsibilities vary by rotation site. Residents take 4-5 24-hour in-house calls at TIRR per month. The remainder of call responsibilities for all other training sites is home call. Residents average 4-6 days of call (inclusive of weekday and weekend call) per month during their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. Residents average 2-4 days of call (inclusive of weekday and weekend call) per month during their PGY-4 year.


  • Sports and Musculoskeletal Injury
  • Spine and Peripheral Joint Injection
  • Electrophysiology
  • Spasticity


  • Resident Research Course
  • William Donovan, MD Critical Review of the Literature
  • Quality Improvement Projects
  • Senior Research Project


The BCM PM&R education program offers fellowships in brain injury, spinal cord injury, and pediatric rehabilitation.

Lecture Series

  • Anatomy Lecture Series
  • Sports Medicine Lecture Series
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine Ultrasound Course Series


  • Introduction to PM&R Lecture Series
  • Anatomy Lecture Series with Cadaver Lab Correlate
  • Journal Club
  • Senior Lectures
  • Monthly Grand Rounds

Curriculum Structure

  • Curriculum is based on the ABPMR requirements
  • Weekly lecture series (protected time) serves as the core didactic experience, given by specialists from different fields, ranging from sports medicine to electrodiagnosis and neurorehabilitation
  • Supplemented by additional lectures in the afternoons or weekends
  • Hands-on workshops (peripheral joint and spinal injections, electrodiagnosis, musculoskeletal exam) to complement lectures