Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship Curriculum


The Spinal Cord Medicine Injury Program trains fellows to:

  • Be proficient practitioners in all aspects of care provided to persons with acute and long-term spinal cord injuries,
  • Develop expertise in clinical decision-making regarding rehabilitative aspects of SCI care,
  • Confidently diagnose and manage neurogenic bladder and bowel, sexuality and fertility, spasticity, pressure ulcers, pain, and other pertinent SCI secondary complications,
  • Develop and demonstrate the skills of team leadership in an interdisciplinary environment,
  • Be competent in teaching medical students, residents, and others, and
  • Become skilled in the field of spinal cord injury research.

Fellow Responsibilities


The fellow will:

  • Participate in inpatient and outpatient clinical activities at MEDVAMC and TIRR SCI services on a rotating basis,
  • Participate in SCI consultative activities at MEDVAMC and Memorial Hermann,
  • Supervise and teach medical students and residents under the mentorship of program attendings,
  • Participate in appropriate SCI educational activities at the training locations.
  • Work closely with interdisciplinary staff to monitor and treat all aspects of health and rehabilitation,
  • Assume responsibility for at least one scholarly project relevant to spinal cord injury medicine, and
  • Stay abreast of the latest developments in the field of SCI by discussing articles and chapters from current literature.

Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship Schedule