In keeping with the University of Michigan’s reputation as a leading academic institution, the PM&R Resident Research Program is designed to be productive and rewarding for residents with all levels of prior research experience. Prospective residents will find the program flexible and supportive with expert faculty willing to tailor the experience to their unique interests and prior research experience. 

Strengths and Features

Dual Mentorship: residents work closely with both Clinical Faculty Mentors and Research Faculty Mentors. Dual Mentorship ensures that resident research is patient-centered, methodologically sound and ready to bridge the gap from bench to bedside. 

Institutional Resources: here at U of M, residents have access to powerful institutional resources, including data analytics, as well as personnel and funding to help them access data, implement research and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Presentations: residents have the opportunity to present their projects at two annual research events-- James Rae Scientific Day and Theodore Cole Resident Research Day-- and are encouraged to submit abstracts to national conferences, including AAPM&R.

Protected Time: two research rotations (1 month each) are provided so that residents may focus on completing their projects away from clinical duties.

Leadership Opportunity: The position of Resident Research Lead is awarded annually to a senior resident who has demonstrated a special commitment to advancing the culture of resident research at U of M PM&R. The Resident Research Lead works closely with co-residents and faculty to ensure program quality, provides peer-mentoring to underclassmen and presents at least one research-based lecture during senior year.

  • Current Resident Research Lead (2020-2021): Stephan Pirnie, MD, PhD PGYIII Email: Please feel free to contact Steve with any questions you might have about the resident research experience at U of M PM&R.
  • Past Resident Research Leads: Trent Hall, DO (2018-2019), Brendan McNeish, MD & Stephan Pirnie, MD, PhD (2019-2020)

Resident Publications Since 2013

Hall OT, Hall OE, McGrath R, Haile ZT. Years of Life Lost Due to Fatal Opioid Overdose in Ohio: Temporal and Geographic Trends in Excess Mortality. Journal of Addiction Medicine. Accepted June 5th 2019. Publication Pending.

McNeish B, Hearn SL, Craig A, Laidlaw A, Schott Z, Ziadeh M, Richardson JK. Motor Amplitudes May Predict EMG-Confirmed Radiculopathy in Patients with Radiating Limb Pain. Muscle Nerve. 2019 May;59(5):561-566. doi: 10.1002/mus.26442.(link is external)

McGrath RP, Clark BC, Erlandson KM, Herrmann SD, Vincent BM, Hall OT, Hackney KJ. Impairments in Individual Autonomous Living Tasks and Time to Self-Care Disability in Middle-Aged and Older Adults. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2019 Jun 1;20(6):730-5.

Hall OT, McGrath RP, Peterson MD, et al. The Burden of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury in the United States: Disability-Adjusted Life Years. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019;100(1):95-100.

McGrath R, McGrath R, Snih S, Markides K, Hall O, Peterson M. The Burden of Health Conditions for Aging Adults in the United States: Disability-Adjusted Life Years. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2019;20(3): B33.

McGrath R, Al Snih S, Markides K, Hall O, Peterson M. The Burden of Health Conditions for Middle-Aged and Older Adults in the United States: Disability-Adjusted Life Years. BMC Geriatr. 2019;19(1):100. 

Leung J, Smith S, Kalpakjian C. Functional Outcomes of Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation in Patients with Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease. PM&R. 2018;10(6):567-572. 

McGrath R, Hall O, Peterson M, DeVivo M, Heinemann A, Kalpakjian C. The Association Between the Etiology of a Spinal Cord Injury and Time to Mortality in the United States: A 44-Year Investigation. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 2018:1-9. 

Bomalaski MN, Claflin ES, Townsend W, Peterson MD. Zolpidem for the Treatment of Neurologic Disorders: A Systematic Review. JAMA Neurology. 2017;74(9):1130-1139.

Bomalaski MN, Smith SR. Improved Arousal and Motor Function Using Zolpidem in a Patient with Space-Occupying Intracranial Lesions: A Case Report. PM&R. 2017;9(8):831-833.

Daunter AK, Kratz AL, Hurvitz EA. Long-Term Impact of Childhood Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy On Pain, Fatigue, and Function: A Case-Control Study. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 2017;59(10):1089-1095. 

Smith SR, Zheng JY. The Intersection of Oncology Prognosis and Cancer Rehabilitation. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports. 2017;5(1):46-54. 

McGrath RP, Kraemer WJ, Vincent BM, Hall OT, Peterson MD. Muscle strength is protective against osteoporosis in an ethnically diverse sample of adults. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. 2017;31(9):2586-2589.

Bakshi R, Berri H, Kalpakjian C, Smuck M. The Effects of Local Anesthesia Administration on Pain Experience During Interventional Spine Procedures: A Prospective Controlled Trial. Pain Medicine. 2016;17(3):488-493. 

Fredericks W, Swank S, Teisberg M, Hampton B, Ridpath L, Hanna JB. Lower extremity biomechanical relationships with different speeds in traditional, minimalist, and barefoot footwear. Journal of sports science & medicine. 2015;14(2):276-283. 

Haapala H, Peterson MD, Daunter A, Hurvitz EA. Agreement between actual height and estimated height using segmental limb lengths for individuals with cerebral palsy. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2015;94(7):539-546. 

Ho J, Richardson JK. Rectus abdominis denervation after subcostal open laparotomy. American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 2015;94(5): e 43-44. 

Smith SR, Reish AG, Andrews C. Cancer survivorship: a growing role for physiatric care. PM&R. 2015;7(5):527-531.

Hurvitz EA, Marciniak CM, Daunter AK, et al. Functional outcomes of childhood dorsal rhizotomy in adults and adolescents with cerebral palsy. Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics. 2013;11(4):380-388.  

Peterson MD, Lukasik L, Muth T, et al. Recumbent cross-training is a feasible and safe mode of physical activity for significantly motor-impaired adults with cerebral palsy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2013;94(2):401-407.