Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program
The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program, offered through the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The three-year program, beginning at the PGY-2 level, is committed to education, maintaining a 1-to-1 Resident-to-Attending ratio and providing exposure to diverse clinical cases.
JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute has received Five Stars — the highest rating — for its Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program from Doximity, the leading network for American physicians.
This well-rounded program is credited with giving residents extensive opportunities for hands-on training with electrodiagnostic testing, Botox injections for treatment of spasticity, baclofen pump refills, and peripheral joint injections. Residents graduating from the program feel very confident in their medical knowledge, clinical and procedural skills, and have great success in obtaining fellowship positions and employment after graduation. The program also has a 100% Board Pass Rate.
The PM&R Program also offers two ACGME accredited one year Fellowship training programs, offering one open position per year in the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship and one open position per year in the Pain Medicine Fellowship.
The PGY2 through PGY4 Residency Program includes: protected resident education time during weekly lectures (includes lecture series, grand rounds, case reviews, seminars, Journal Club, visiting lecturers); anatomy cadaver lab, tracheostomy workshop, peripheral joint injection workshop, travel to off-site courses on prosthetics, orthotics, and electrodiagnostics), and a board review course in their senior year.
- Broad exposure to clinical cases seen in the field of PM&R
- 1-to-1 Resident-to-Attending supervision
- Hands-on training with spasticity management, including Botox injections and baclofen pump refills
- Hands-on training with electrodiagnostic testing
- Hands-on training with peripheral joint injections – training both with PM&R physicians and an Orthopedic surgeon on separate rotations.
- Inpatient rotations caring for patients with: stroke, traumatic brain injury, neuromuscular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiopulmonary disease, cancer, spinal cord injuries, and others.
- Outpatient rotations include training with specialists in the following fields: musculoskeletal medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine, sports medicine, rheumatologic disease, pain management, spasticity management, prosthetics and orthotics, Parkinson’s disease and neuromuscular disease, Wheelchair evaluations, pediatric rehabilitation, Aftercare program, and spinal cord injury.
Residents are encouraged to present and publish case reports and research both on the local and national level, including at New Jersey Society Resident Research Night, and national PM&R Conferences.
Residents work in a team environment with their Attending physician, nursing staff, therapy team including physical, occupational, speech, recreation and vocational therapists, aides, social workers, and the patient and their families.
Resident lectures are focused each month on a core subject matter topic, and this material is reinforced annually. Residents work with the Attending (who is a subject matter specialist) each month to coordinate the resident lectures.
Residents are evaluated during each rotation, including multiple chart simulated oral examinations and through providing case write-ups.
Rotations are mostly focused on the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute campus in Edison, NJ. Residents also do rotations off-campus with musculoskeletal training at NJ Orthopedic Sports and Spine, pain management training at Roosevelt Care Center, pediatric rehabilitation training at Children’s Specialized Hospital Mountainside, and working on the consult service at both RWJUH in New Brunswick (which includes trauma consultations), JFK Medical Center, and St. Peter’s University Hospital.
Goals of the program include residents gaining: extensive well-rounded training in both in-patient and out patient PM&R services; extensive medical knowledge and hands-on training with procedural skills; teaching opportunities working with medical students on rotations as well as giving lectures to fellow residents; experience in giving oral presentations and poster presentations both at the local and national level.
Residents work with the rehabilitation team caring for patients with a wide variety of clinical presentations, and learn from and work directly in a 1-to-1 ratio with PM&R specialist physicians. The number of procedures completed by residents exceeds the annual requirement s: residents have hands-on procedural training with peripheral joint injections, Botox injections and baclofen pump refills for spasticity management, and electrodiagnostic testing. Residents also work with a Prosthetics and Orthotics Team, including a PM&R physician who specializes in P&O, prosthetists and orthotists, and therapists, in a dedicated P&O Clinic. Residents get training on wound care, wheelchair evaluations, and rheumatologic diseases working directly with a Rheumatologist. There is a 100% Board Pass Rate for residents graduating from the program. Residents have weekly protected lecture time, and travel off-site for specific courses in their PGY3 and PGY4 years (including separate courses on prosthetics, orthotics, and electrodiagnostics), highlighting the focus on resident education.
Residents in their PGY4 year have elective time where they are able to pursue more in-depth training in their areas of focus and interest, and also do up to 1 month of off-site training at an accredited site program. The opportunity to go off-site is unique, and some residents use this time to explore sites offering fellowship training programs. Chief Residents are selected from the PGY4 residents and take leadership roles in creating and coordinating the resident didactic lecture series and rotation and on call schedules. They work directly with the Residency Program director and meet on a weekly basis to coordinate the activities of the residency program.