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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)

The purpose of this organization is to increase knowledge about the field of PM&R, provide liaisons for clinical experiences and exposure to the field, provide information about PM&R residency programs and matching in the field. promote interactive and interdisciplinary student get-togethers, especially between COM, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy students and participate in service related activities targeting at assisting agencies or individuals actively undergoing or supporting physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R or physiatry) is the branch of medicine emphasizing the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders that produce temporary or permanent functional impairment. These physicians are considered" nonsurgical experts of bone, muscle, and nerve."

The umbrella of PM&R is broad, including:

● Sports Related Injuries

● Stroke 

● Amputations/Prosthetics

● Arthritis

● Brain Injuries

● Back and Neck Pain

● Cardiac Rehabilitation 

● Geriatric Rehabilitation

● Pediatric Rehabilitation 

● Nerve Pain

● Osteoporosis

● Spinal Cord Injuries 

● Work Related Injuries 

The AAPM&R offers an informative video on the specialty, has free student membership, and also has a medical student center with lots of valuable information, including a stepbystep guide to applying to a PM&R residency program.

If you are interested in PM&R, you should definitely consider:

Here is a list of local physiatrists who you may want to seek out as mentors. Those specifically associated with our interest group are: Dr. Emily Darr and Dr. Bryan Kumiga.

  • Joining PM&R related Societies, Boards, and Other Organizations.

Of the several professional groups for PM&R, the two premiere organizations are:

Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) and American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R).

Other organizations:

American Academy of Pain Medicine 

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 

International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

  • Getting involved in Rehabilitation Medicine related research with our MUSC faculty.




College of Health Professions (Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions):

  • Attending a PM&R related conference.

Here is an ever evolving list of conferences.

  • Researching PM&R residency programs on FRIEDA.
  • Doing a 4th year rotation at a PM&R residency institution

Here is a list of student clerkships available across the US.

  • Checking out PM&R related publications:

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development

Disability and Rehabilitation

Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical Therapy

We’re VERY excited that you are considering PM&R as a career path in your medical specialty decision process! If you have any questions or just want to talk more about the specialty, please don’t hesitate to contact Ashley Smith, MS3, or Alex Clarke, MS4.




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