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.”

Match & Interview Process

We will interview approximately 64 candidates for six advanced positions.  In holistic application review, we consider evidence of drive and character, PM&R interest and experience, contribution to society or medicine, clinical performance, and academic performance.  We account for unique factors in an applicant’s history that may positively enrich our program’s diversity of experience, thought, and background.  In our initial screening (but not in our ultimate ranking), we seek a balance of candidates who may serve our regional community as well as communities more broadly.  

Our interview dates include: November 5, 10, 17, and 19, and December 1, 8,  10, and 17All initial interview invitations have been sent; some additional interview invitations may be sent prior to the final interview date as opportunity allows.  We do not send out more interview invitations than interview spots.  We invite each interviewing candidate to virtual social event hosted by our residents: an opportunity to learn more about our program and culture.  We are eager to show you as much as we can of our opportunities and culture at Michigan Medicine PM&R, to enable you to make the best decision for you personally, in your PM&R career that lies ahead. 

Visiting student experiences (away rotations) in our department serve the primary mission of advancing PM&R education. They have separate leadership and oversight and are not intended solely to fuel our residency admissions.  Toward equitable distribution of interview opportunities, visiting student experiences with our department do not guarantee an interview with the residency program.

We firmly believe that the number of qualified candidates who will become excellent PM&R physicians and colleagues far exceeds the number of interview invitations we can offer.  We look forward to interacting and collaborating with you in the future, perhaps through cross-institutional, or global PM&R-related endeavors. 

Thank you for exploring PM&R opportunities at Michigan Medicine.  We wish everyone a positive and meaningful journey in the next steps towards your careers in the months ahead!

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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