Medical Student Courses for PM&R

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Course Descriptions

Course Director: Stacy Stark, DO
Course Coordinator: Kara Dyer, BSBA, HCM, C-TAGME

 

Principles of PM&R (PMR5310: Two week course for second year medical students)
Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) is an evolving specialty with an emphasis on musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation.  Many of our patients have had acute illness, trauma, surgical procedures, and prolonged hospitalization, and require inpatient and/or outpatient rehabilitation. Students will be expected to participate in the evaluation of individuals with significant impairment and disability, such as spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, amputations/complex fractures, multiple trauma, and general debility.  The attending physician on the PM&R Service will define participation in patient care.  Outpatient clinics are available to expose students to the long-term problems which these patients encounter. The student will be asked to participate in a series of introductory lectures as well as rounds, clinics, and case discussions.  At the conclusion of the two weeks, students will be able to [1] Take a PM&R oriented history, [2] Perform a physical examination with an emphasis on functional status and disability, [3] Formulate rehabilitation goals, and [4] Understand the importance of rehabilitation as part of the post-acute care continuum.

 

Introduction to PM&R (PMR 5611: Four week course for fourth year medical students)
This course offers hands-on exposure to the practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) with an emphasis on musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation. Many of our patients have had acute illness, trauma, surgical procedures, and hospitalization, and the student will have an opportunity to follow the patients post-acutely. The primary responsibility is the care of these patients with spinal cord injury, stroke, amputations/complex fractures, multiple trauma, traumatic brain injury, and general debilitation.  The attending physician on the PM&R Service will define participation in patient care. The student will be expected to [1] Participate in the evaluation, functional diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with significant impairment and disability who require long-term hospitalization to achieve maximal independence, and [2] Integrate medical and surgical knowledge in the care of patients in the hospital for rehabilitation and in the outpatient clinic.  Additionally, adult and pediatric outpatient clinics are available to expose students to the long-term problems which these patients encounter. 

 

Link to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine