Residency Education

Faculty-Guided Didactics

The University of Michigan PM&R Resident Lecture Series is given by distinguished faculty within the PM&R department as well as world-renowned faculty from other departments within University of Michigan as well as around the country.  Experts from neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, and urology are examples of frequent guest lectures that give our residents a well-rounded education and keep them up to date on current standards of care.

Lecture Schedule

Tuesday, 7:30 am - 8:30 am Resident Lecture Series
Wednesday, 7:15 am - 8:15 am Electromyography Lecture
Wednesday, 8:15 am - 9:00 am Neuromuscular Lecture
Thursday, 8:00 am - 9:00 am Grand Rounds
Thursday, 9:15 am - 11:15 am Resident Lecture Series

Faculty-Guided MSK Ultrasound course

Biweekly sessions led by the musculoskeletal faculty focusing on learning the basics of ultrasound as well as learning the ultrasound anatomy of each joint 

Mock Oral Board Examinations

PGY3s and PGY4s develop mock oral exam skills through one-on-one practice cases with faculty.  After each 15 minute case, residents and faculty exchange feedback and advice, helping target skill development.

Electrodiagnostic SAE Review

Dr. Hearn hosts an annual interactive Electrodiagnostic SAE review session in her home, focusing on key concepts, real questions, and peer-to-peer teaching. Use of audience response system maximizes participation without undue pressure!

Resident Interventional Spine Course

Dr. Kohns, a fellowship-trained interventional spine attending, leads an optional evening course each year for residents with spine phantom models in the fluoro suite.  We focus on developing hands-on skills and discussion of key clinical principles, such as management of anticoagulation and potential emergencies.


Faculty-Assisted Self-Assessment Exam Prep

Prep Sessions For the self-assessment exam (SAE) in the three months prior to the SAE.  During these sessions, we talk through questions and discuss any areas of confusion with leaders of the field. We also have several faculty-led prep sessions prior to the EMG SAE.

Other Learning Opportunities

Healthcare Administration Scholars Program (HASP):  A 20 month educational experience designed for house officers interested in pursuing healthcare administration as part of their careers. The primary goal of this program is to better prepare graduates to succeed in a leadership position in their field, which may require healthcare administration skills.

              PM&R Participants: 

              2019 - 2021: Johan Latorre, MD

              2018 - 2020: Harris Imam, MD

              2017 - 2019: Cory Wernimont, MD             

              2016 - 2018:Joel Castellanos, MD


Community of Medical Educators in Training (CoMet). This trainee-designed, trainee-led, GME-sponsored initiative launched in July of 2016 with its inaugural fellowship cohort. Twice monthly 90-minute sessions will focus on both the development of practical teaching skills with structured opportunities for practice and feedback (CoMET Incubator) as well as the opportunity to design and implement a medical education-focused scholarly project (CoMET Think Tank).  Sessions will be facilitated by some of the health system’s most gifted educators.

              PM&R Participants:

              2019 - 2020: Brendan McNeish, MD

              2017 - 2018: Elisabeth Acker, DO

              2016 - 2017: Kendall Buraimoh, MD

              2015-2016: Rebecca McConnell, DO