Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Overview

Physical medicine and rehabilitation, also referred to as rehabilitation medicine, is the medical specialty concerned with evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients with physical disabilities. These disabilities may arise from conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system such as neck and back pain, sports injuries, or other painful conditions affecting the limbs like carpal tunnel syndrome. Alternatively, the disabilities may result from neurological trauma or disease such as spinal cord or head injury or stroke. A physician certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation is often called a physiatrist. The primary goals of physicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation are to achieve maximum restoration of physical, psychological, social, and vocational function through comprehensive rehabilitation as well as effective pain management.1

1 The American Board of Medical Specialties. Guide to Physician Specialties. Evanston, IL: American Board of Medical Specialties; February 2008.

Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) PM&R Career Advising

Have questions about PM&R residencies, career options or just about Physiatry in general? AAP advisors are available and glad to provide program-neutral assistance. Find more information here.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Faculty Advisors

Samuel Lee

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group

President: Elizabeth Yeo

Co-Vice Presidents: Phil Giddings and Kevin Loyola

Treasurer: Kyungje Sung

Co-Outreach Coordinators: Nicholas Schmidt and Sarah Heczko

Co-3rd Year Reps: Peter Azzam and Eugene Looi

2nd Year Rep: Megan Gampong

1st Year Rep:

Download the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Interest Group Constitution