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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency

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The Graduate Medical Education (GME) Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) program trains physicians in the art and science of functional improvement. PM&R cares for a diverse population of patients with conditions ranging from sports injuries to devastating traumatic brain injuries. As a result, our Program offers a wide range of experiences. We strive for a balanced and complete program that prepares residents to practice independently or confidently enter a fellowship program. After completion of the program, residents are fully prepared to sit for the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation certification process.

Quick Facts

  • Sponsored by Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Full ACGME Accreditation
  • Required Rotations All Local
  • To Support Career Development Selective Options in both PGY3 and PGY4
  • 2 Residents per Year, Total of 6
  • 2 month Rotation Blocks Balanced & Complete
  • 18 Month Didactic Cycle, including the Business of Medicine
  • Simulation Labs
  • 2 Quality Improvement Projects
  • Home Call
  • Research Opportunities
  • New Medical School

Our fully accredited residency training program offers a complete and balanced set of educational experiences. These experiences are balanced across time, diagnoses, age, location, and learning styles:

  • Balanced across Time: Resident experience much of the breadth and depth of the field within each year of training (including PGY2)
  • Balanced across Diagnoses: The net clinical exposure covers the entire field of PM&R
  • Balanced across Age: Residents learn to care for children and adults. Further they learn the importance of life transitions in the real world. Caring for a patient with spina bifida who plans to attend college exemplifies this point.
  • Balanced across Location: Beyond inpatient and outpatient experiences, residents understand the distinctions of primary, secondary, and tertiary care venues.
  • Balanced across Learning Styles: The overall curriculum provides exposure to experiential learning, didactic learning, workshop environments, faculty mentoring, peer mentoring, oral examination experiences, and simulation.

Educationally important features of the Program include the following:

  • Excellent Clinical Exposure: All PM&R relevant diagnoses and procedures well represented
  • Plenty of inpatient and outpatient experiences
  • Sports Medicine Exposure
  • Continuity Clinics: Where residents follow their own patients
  • Complete and Regular Didactics (Weekly, free of clinical duties)
  • QI and Research Training
  • Journal Club
  • Simulation Lab

Welcome from Dr. Chris Garrison, Program Director

It is an exciting time to be a Physiatrist. Opportunities abound driven by the baby boomers, urban growth, accountable care organizations, and new technology. We train residents to capitalize on these opportunities. I would like to personally thank you for your interest in our Program. I think you will find we offer an excellent education in a very cool place. Physiatrists empower patients to focus on what is possible. To that end, we train physicians in the art and science of functional improvement. This mission necessitates a diverse and capable faculty. I’m proud to offer residents exposure to our accomplished physician faculty. I’m equally proud and eternally grateful to our patients for whom we strive. These patients provide an excellent clinical experience for our residents. I invite you to review our curriculum. We strive for a balanced and complete program.

Training Sites

  • University Medical Center Brackenridge

    • Level 1 Trauma Center
    • Site for Inpatient Consultation, Specialty Clinics, and Continuity Clinics
    • Extensive experience in Electrodiagnostics and Pain Management Seton Medical Center Austin
  • Seton Medical Center Austin
    • Regional Referral Center for Complex Care
    • Stroke Center
    • Site for Inpatient Consultation
    • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
    • Cardiac Rehabilitation Extensive experience in Electrodiagnostics and Geriatrics
  • Central Texas Rehabilitation Hospital Central Texas Rehabilitation
    • Regional Referral Hospital for Complex Rehabilitation
    • Extensive experience with Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, and Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Site for inpatient rehabilitation rotations
  • Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas
    • Regional Referral Center for the care of children with complex medical needs
    • Interdisciplinary Clinic, examples include Myelodysplasia and Sports Concussion Clinics
    • Exposure to Spasticity Management Procedures
    • Level 1 Trauma Center
    • Site for the Pediatric Rotation
  • Texas Orthopedics, Sports and Rehabilitation Associates
    • Outpatient Musculoskeletal and Sports Experience
    • Extensive Electrodiagnostic Experience
    • Rheumatology Experience
    • Musculoskeletal Radiology Review
    • Teaching faculty include Physiatrists, Orthopedic Surgeons, Radiologists, and Rheumatologist
  • Pain Management at the Seton Pain Center in Seton Northwest Plaza
    • Pain Certified Teaching Faculty
    • Exposure to Pain Management Procedures
    • Pain Medication Management and Monitoring
    • Option to rotate with an Addiction Medicine Faculty