The University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 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 recently was granted disease specific certification from the Joint Commission for Stroke Rehabilitation making Michigan Medicine the first institution in the state to be both certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center as well as a certified Stroke Rehabilitation Program. Our inpatient rehabilitation unit also features a robust Spinal Cord Injury Unit as well as rapidly expanding Brain Injury and Cancer 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.
2017 the Department of PM&R at Michigan Medicine was recognized as the 14th best PM&R department in the country.
"The University of Michigan PM&R residency program was a fantastic place to spend my 3 years of PM&R training. I found the environment a welcoming place to ask questions, to learn, and to support one another through times in our growths as physicians-in-training. The expertise of the attending physicians was diverse and allowed me to learn about many PM&R subspecialties and see a variety of interesting cases. The program encouraged feedback and positive change occurred in response. Working at University of Michigan also offered the opportunity to work with and learn from talented therapists, physician specialists, and researchers. I highly encourage those interested in a dynamic and supportive residency to consider University of Michigan!
Jasmine Zheng, MD, Chief Resident for class of 2017
“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