Each incoming resident brings his or her individual interests, personality and passion to the clinical and learning environment. Our differences and unique personalities make up our strengths.  If you would like to join the team as a resident, we welcome you to explore the information below and apply through ERAS.


The University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program offers a three-year residency training experience beginning at the program year (PGY) II.  Acceptance of a PGY II position requires completion of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited transitional year or equivalent experience in family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, or surgery.  Applications are accepted via  Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and six positions are available annually through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

We review applications as they become available through ERAS each season.  Interviews are offered in October through January on designated days.  

Documentation Needed for Application Review

  • Three Letters of Recommendation, including one from a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician
  • USMLE or COMLEX Step I and Step II scores
  • Personal Statement
  • Dean's Letter (MSPE) and Medical School Transcript
  • Curriculum Vitae

Foreign Medical Graduates

Graduates of foreign medical schools are required to hold a current, valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). If the applicant is not a citizen of the United States or does not have status as a Permanent Resident, a J-1 visa sponsored by the ECFMG is required. Additionally, for admission into a graduate medical education program at the University of Michigan, the physician must meet admission requirements as established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education individual training programs and licensure requirements established by the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services, Board of Medicine.

Resources and Benefits

House Officer Association 

“The Mission of the University of Michigan House Officers Association is to represent and advocate for its member physicians in obtaining the following: 

  1. A professional workplace where neither patient care nor the well-being of the resident physicians are compromised through unsafe work conditions, hours, or environments; and​

  2. Fair compensation for the resident physicians, recognizing their collective and extensive education, the level of responsibility, and hours of providing care to their patients; and

  3. Respect and support for the ongoing continuing medical educational needs of the resident physicians; and

  4. Justice and due process in all interactions between resident physicians and the clinical departments, hospitals, attending physicians, or any others who seek to have an influence on our members; and

  5. Knowledge, skills and information that may be useful to our members either now as resident physicians or later as attendings, especially regarding our contract provisions and benefits, financial matters and planning, or any other personal or professional issues viewed as helpful to our member physicians, and

  6. Fellowship among its members.” 

Resident Assistant 

Brian Risner-Santiago, our resident assistant, is a crucial part of every inpatient team.  The position itself is a hallmark of the innovative, resident-responsive PM&R residency program at the University of Michigan.  The resident assistant optimizes resident learning by taking responsibility for a huge number of administrative tasks that traditionally were assigned to residents.  Residents, therefore, spend more time on direct patient care and education.  Some of the resident assistant responsibilities include scheduling patients for follow-up appointments; obtaining and following lab results and medical records from referring institutions; calling pharmacies and sending in prescriptions; obtaining radiology studies and placing them into our computer system; ensuring families have appropriate discharge planning; coordinating specialty nursing escorts for our patients; and much more. 

Salary & Benefits

The University of Michigan offers highly competitive salaries and tremendous benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website, under “Prospective Residents/Fellows.”

Interview Experience

We look forward to getting to know select candidates this year in a virtual format, and we hope to be able to share a little more about ourselves and experiences here, as we develop materials and find ways to connect with you.  More to come!

Traveling to Ann Arbor


The closest airport, Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), is approximately 25 minutes east of Ann Arbor.

To and From the Airport

There are multiple shuttle services available from the airport to Ann Arbor.  The price ranging from $20-50 round trip

  • Ann Arbor Airport Shuttle – can be reached at (734) 699-8500 or

  • Michigan Flyer AirRide – can be reached at (517) 333-0400 or

  • Select Ride Shuttle Service - can be reached at 734-662-4444 or


Located in the heart of the midwest, Ann Arbor is within driving distance from many major cities

From Cleveland - 2 h 43 min (167.2 mi) via I-90 W

From Columbus - 3 h 18 min (197.9 mi) via US-23 N

From Chicago - 3 h 50 min (240.1 mi) via I-94 E

From Cincinnati- 4 h 5 min (253.5 mi) via I-75 N

From Indianapolis - 4 h 11 min (277.2 mi) via I-69 N

From Pittsburgh - 4 h 26 min (284.1 mi) via I-80 W


Hotels– The hotels listed below are within 5 minutes of the Burlington Office Center, where the interview day will begin and conclude. Residents are able to provide transportation to and from your hotel on interview day.

Fairfield Inn                                                                                     

3285 Boardwalk Street                                                                    

Ann Arbor, MI 48108                                                                       

(734) 995-5200                   


Courtyard by Marriott

3205 Boardwalk Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48108

(734) 995-5900


Red Roof Inn                                                                                   

3505 S State St                                                                               

Ann Arbor, MI 48108                                                                       

(734) 665-3500  

Holiday Inn & Suites Ann Arbor  

3155 Boardwalk Drive

Ann Arbor, MI 

(734) 213-1900                                                                         


The Kensington on State                                                              

610 Hilton Boulevard                                                                     

Ann Arbor, MI 48108                                                                     

(866) 352-2699

Holiday Inn Express 

600 Briarwood Circle

Ann Arbor, MI  48108

(734) 761-2929

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