Cancer Rehabilitation Education

As cancer rehabilitation continues to grow at Michigan Medicine, we are expanding educational opportunities for trainees of all levels to become involved in this growing sub-specialty.   

Fellowship Training   

The Michigan Medicine department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers a one year cancer rehabilitation fellowship and are seeking candidates for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. Trainees can expect to see a wide variety of cancer patients in both the inpatient and outpatient setting and collaborate with other departments such as radiation oncology, palliative care and symptom management, pediatrics, and more. Those who want EMG or procedure experience will also have the opportunity to explore  their interests in these areas, as well. In addition, many research/ publication and networking opportunities will be available, and fellows will establish relationships with leaders in the field to set up long-term career mentoring even after they complete their fellowship.    

The Cancer Rehabilitation Fellowship lasts one year, July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020. Candidates should have completed residency training or be scheduled to complete training in 2019 and be board eligible or certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Those interested should submit a curriculum vitae, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation (one from program director if possible) to Matt Melvin at for review. Interviews will be held in Ann Arbor during the early Fall of 2018. Salary, benefits, and other specifics of the program will be discussed at the interview. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions!

Current Fellow

Dr. Michael Fediw, M.D.


Hometown: Portsmouth, VA 

Residency: University of Kansas

Favorite places: Still exploring,  but Law Library, downtown, Huron river are some favorites so far. 

Why UM: One of only 4 cancer rehab fellowships in the country. Incredible opportunity to train with Dr. Andrews and Dr. Smith. It is the most well-balanced of the cancer rehab programs with great inpatient and outpatient exposure. A part of a highly regarded hospital and rehabilitation program. 

Interests: Sports, live music, going out with friends, traveling and exploring new places.  



Residents from other programs who would like more exposure to the rehabilitation of oncology patients and would like to set up a rotation can reach out to Tammie Wiley-Rice ( We are happy to work with visiting residents to design a rotation around their specific Cancer Rehabilitation interests and will work with the residency program to ensure you are able to get academic credit for your time at the University of Michigan.    

Applicants should note that their home institution must approve this rotation, so they should speak with their Residency Director and Program Coordinator. Residents are also invited to request observerships if a rotation is not feasible.   

Medical Students   

Medical students who are rotating at in the Michigan Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department can request to have exposure to Cancer Rehabilitation as well. This can involve inpatient and/or outpatient care, and they would spend time with Dr. Andrews and/or Dr. Smith. 

If you're interested in our research or patient care efforts related to cancer rehabilitation, please visit our devoted pages for those areas:

Research | Patient Care