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Program Overview

The University of Michigan PM&R department was founded in 1950 by Dr. James W. Rae. Since then, this program has been recognized as a premier residency training program. Our inpatient rehabilitation unit ranks among the nation's best and is one of the federally funded Model Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation programs. Our residency program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education of the American Medical Association and is recognized by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Since our first resident joined us in 1953, the program has been proud to train the nation's best physiatrists. Whether a resident's professional goals include academics, research or private practice, this residency provides faculty, staff and peers who support residents in achieving their best.

2015 the University of Michigan PM&R Residency Program was ranked #11 overall on Doximity/US News & World Report.
2016 AAPM&R Self Assessment Exam Results: 10 out of 18 residents scored above the 90th percentile nationally, with all 18 residents scoring above the 50th percentile nationally.

Alumni Testimonials

“I was looking for a distinguished academic center with exposure to a variety of complex pathologies in addition to great resources for resident education. University of Michigan has been a staple in healthcare in the Midwest and the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is continuing to grow and improve. I wanted a training program that allowed residents to the gain experience needed to develop confidence in diagnosing and managing, even the most difficult clinical presentations.
The diversity of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is probably my favorite aspect of this area of medicine. Our resident physicians get a wide variety of exposure, and then are able to hone into their clinical/research areas of interest, and in-turn become leaders in the field of PM&R. “

Hassen Berri, DO, Class of 2016
“Coming into residency, I wasn't sure what my interests were. I had a very rewarding experience working with oncology patients during my intern year, and was excited to find out that there was a growing cancer rehabilitation program at UMHS. I got involved with research here and absolutely loved it, so I decided to pursue it as my career.  U of M provided me with a well-rounded education, both in regards to outpatient/inpatient experiences and depth of clinical experiences across subspecialties. The faculty here have a wide range of interests and are all happy to help residents explore their interests.”

Cody Andrews, MD, Class of 2016