Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
TITLE OF COURSE:
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Elective
Melanie Brown, M.D.
DESCRIPTION AND GOALS OF COURSE:
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), also referred to as Physiatry, is the medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of persons of all ages with acute and chronic, physical and/or cognitive impairment and disability. Physiatrists use history, physical, functional assessment, electrodiagnostic techniques, therapeutic exercise, mechanical agents, injection procedures, and other modalities, to assess physical disabilities, prevent further deterioration, and promote recovery and/or adaptation. Physiatrists provide leadership to multidisciplinary teams concerned with maximal restoration and development of physical, psychological, social, occupational and vocational functions in persons whose abilities have been limited by disease, trauma, congenital disorders, or pain. The goal of the physiatrist is to enable people to achieve their maximum level of function.
This elective offers the participant an opportunity to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team. The participant will learn the roles and contributions of a variety of allied health care professionals, including but not limited to physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, rehabilitation nurses, psychologists, and social workers. Working closely with the faculty the participant will learn to evaluate and manage patients who are disabled because of a variety of impairments. Impairments may be due to any of the following: cardiopulmonary disease, work or sports related injuries, joint and connective tissue disorders, musculo-skeletal disorders, neuromuscular disorders, pain issues, amputations, and brain disorders. The participant will have an opportunity to work closely with the faculty and will gain both inpatient and outpatient experience in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
2 to 4 weeks
The weekly schedule for this elective can be tailored to the participant’s wants and needs, and may emphasize any one, or a combination, of the following: outpatient musculo-skeletal rehabilitation, outpatient pain management, inpatient general rehabilitation, inpatient brain injury rehabilitation, inpatient stroke rehabilitation, and inpatient orthopedic rehabilitation.
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Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
TIME OF YEAR AVAILABLE:
Contact: Lucretia Wilson to schedule rotation
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore - Medical Education Office
Further information available from the Graduate Medical Education Office