Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (also known as Physiatry) is concerned with three broad areas of medical care:
- Rehabilitation of patients with severe conditions or injuries (e.g., traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke) as well as other problems including amputation, arthritis, trauma and burns
- Diagnosis and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal conditions including sports-related injuries, back pain and/or work-related injuries
- Electrodiagnostic medicine whereby electromyography and nerve conduction studies are used to diagnose and support treatment of certain types of neurologic diseases
The integration of rehabilitation principles and practices into the overall treatment plan of other clinical disciplines is central to the Department’s approach to team-oriented clinical care.
For excellent overviews of the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, please view the slide presentations located here:
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, “Understanding PM&R: The Role of PM&R in Providing Quality Healthcare”
Association of Academic Physiatry, “What is a Physiatrist?”
The Overall Goals of our Undergraduate Medical Education Program are to:
Provide all medical students with a broad introduction to patient management within the general fields of clinical neurosciences and musculoskeletal medicine, with special emphasis on how primary care physicians can work collaboratively with PM&R specialist physicians
Provide fourth year medical students with the opportunity to experience in-depth elective rotations within our specialty, in either inpatient or outpatient settings
Give interested students the opportunity to gain knowledge of the department’s residency training program.
Increase medical students’ knowledge of and exposure to the care of disabled patients through faculty participation in other interdisciplinary courses in the medical curriculum
Our medical student education courses are divided into two categories: required 4th year rotation and optional 4th year electives.
All M-4 students at Brody SOM are required to complete a two week rotation in PM&R. The course features general exposure to most aspects of PM&R, with emphasis on clinical neurosciences and musculoskeletal medicine. Students spend the first week rotating through a generalized experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings; and the second week consists of subspecialty experiences tailored to meet individual student interests. Students have assigned reading materials and take a 30-item examination; they also participate in procedures, observed physiatric exams and team activities. Additional work is required to obtain honors grades.
Our electives are open to M3 and M4 medical students from any LCME-accredited medical school. Courses may be taken in blocks of either two or four weeks. Students will generally rotate across the following clinical services, unless otherwise arranged: traumatic brain injury; spinal cord injury; general rehabilitation; stroke; pediatric rehabilitation; variety of outpatient clinics (e.g., amputee, continuity, pediatrics); medical acunpuncture.
We offer the following electives:
- M3ELE: 3rd Year Elective, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- RE402: Introduction to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- RE403: Ambulatory Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- RE405: Medical Acupuncture/Complementary/Alternative Medicine
- RE455: Acting Internship in Pediatric Rehabilitation
Department of PM&R
BSOM Office of Student Affairs
For further information, please contact:
Clinton Faulk, MD
Assistant Professor & Director
Undergraduate Medical Education
600 Moye Boulevard
Greenville, NC 27834
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Association of Academic Physiatry
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Overall, the field of physical medicine & rehabilitation is exciting from a research standpoint. Because of the breadth of our discipline, multiple opportunities for research exist across the entire spectrum of basic science, clinical and educational endeavors within PM&R. There are multiple opportunities for BSOM medical students to participate in ongoing research efforts in the department. The medical school offers a formal “Summer Research Program” whereby selected students spend 8 weeks doing research on a variety of topics. Students have previously participated in numerous research protocols in PM&R. Further information about this program
For more detailed information about the research efforts at ECU/Brody School of Medicine, please visit the research section
For information pertaining to national areas of emphasis within our specialty, please visit the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation and Research site