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The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) provides a broad-based curriculum that is competency-based and features numerous teaching modalities including bedside teaching, one-on-one structured didactics, an extensive didactic lecture series, faculty and resident combined conferences, Medical Education Conference (Grand Rounds), specialty workshops, regularly scheduled Visiting Professors, and a prosthetic and orthotic conference.

Typical Weekly Schedule of Conferences

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7 a.m. - 8 a.m. Multi Trauma        
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. DLS Combined Conference MEC

Monthly lectures in addition to the above include TBI rounds, trauma rounds, and EMG rounds.

Didactic Lecture Series (DLS)

A well-structured curriculum that includes extensive lectures on all aspects of PM&R, this lecture module consists of a series of 18 lecture modules that span over an 18-month time period. It occurs Monday through Wednesday at noon. Therefore, each lecture module is repeated twice for every resident. Each lecture module is individually developed by a faculty member and the chief resident. Lectures are primarily provided by full-time and part-time faculty, therapists, and administrators, as well as physicians from CMC and the community.

Lecture Modules Include:

  • Anatomy (yearly)
  • Introduction to PM&R Series (yearly)
  • Physiatric Therapeutics
  • Joint and Connective Tissue
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Cancer/Pain
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Administrative
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Pediatrics
  • Electrodiagnosis
  • Cardio/Pulmonary
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Nerve and Muscle
  • Biostatistics
  • EKG
  • Research


Resident/Faculty Combined Conference

Every Thursday, a resident-led conference occurs at noon with an assigned faculty member as the advisor for that conference. Numerous formats are utilized and include didactics, case presentations, guest lecturers, and hands on workshops.

Several different conferences are rotated on these Thursdays:

  • PI/QI Medicine
  • Clinical Case Conference
  • Journal Club
  • EMG Conference
  • Ethics Conference
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Competency Conference (based on one of the ACGME 6 competencies)
  • Research Conference


Medical Education Conference (MEC)

This conference occurs on Friday at noon, two to three times per month. Lectures are given by both local and visiting faculty, residents and other guest speakers. Each resident will give two medical education lectures during their residency. These are typically focused areas of interest provided in a review of the literature format.

Specialty Workshops

These workshops occur about throughout the year. Past topics included EMG Workshops, Manual and Complementary Medicine, Peripheral Joint Injections, Acupuncture, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Stress & Depression and a Modality Fair. The department also sponsors an alternating prosthetics course, alternating with an orthotics course, every other year. We recently sponsored a one-time State of the Art Spasticity Symposium and began an annual Musculoskeletal Workshop. Our residents are encouraged to utilize their educational stipend and allotted conference time to attend other courses regionally and nationally.