Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Curriculum

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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.

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Rotations

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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, stroke rehabilitation, pain management, pediatric rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Residents are exposed to a variety of different clinical settings including a nationally recognized inpatient rehabilitation facility (TIRR), the largest veterans affairs hospitals in the country (MED VAMC), one of the perennial leaders in pediatric care (TCH), a robust county based tertiary system (BTGH in Harris Health), and a leading private affiliated academic hospital (BSLMC).

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 will exceed the required 200 EMGs during their training)
  • Two to five months of rehabilitation consultation experience
  • Two to three months of pediatric rehabilitation experience
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Sample Rotation Schedule

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  PGY-2 PGY-3 PGY-4
  3 months TIRR 3 months TIRR VA EMG
  3 months VA SCI GG Clinic SL Inpatient
  GG Clinic Baylor EMG VA MSK
  SL Inpatient TCH MSK TIRR Outpatient
  VA Inpatient TCH Outpatient BT Consults
  VA EMG SL Inpatient GG Clinic
  BT Consults SL Consults Baylor MSK
  VA MSK TCH Inpatient Baylor EMG
    Smith EMG SL Consults
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Call Schedule

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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.

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Curriculum Structure

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The core curriculum is based on ABPM&R requirements and is supplemented by courses and hands-on workshops that take place across the year.

  • Weekly didactics (protected time from Thursday 8am-12pm) in key lecture blocks serves as the core didactic experience.
  • Majority of lectures are given by faculty and includes invited lecturers from outside departments and institutions.
  • Hands-on workshops (peripheral joint and spinal injections, electrodiagnosis, musculoskeletal exam) are provided across the year and typically occur within their related lecture block.
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Lecture Blocks

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  • Orientation
    • includes physical exam and PM&R emergencies workshops
  • Stroke and TBI
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Spasticity
    • includes procedural workshop
  • Electrodiagnostics
  • Sports and MSK
    • includes MSK ultrasound component
  • Pediatric Rehab
  • Pain Medicine
    • includes spine and peripheral joint injection workshop
  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Rehabilitation in Special Populations
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Courses

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  • Introduction to PM&R Lecture Series
  • Anatomy Lecture Series with Cadaver Lab Correlate
  • Journal Clubs for Sports Medicine and Spasticity
  • Review of sentinel PM&R articles
  • Monthly Grand Rounds
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Research

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  • Resident Research Course
  • William Donovan, MD Critical Review of the Literature
  • Yearly Quality Improvement Projects
  • View Research Page
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Research

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  • Resident Research Course
  • William Donovan, M.D. Critical Review of the Literature
  • Quality Improvement Projects
  • Senior Research Project
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Fellowship

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