Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship

ACGME Accredited
2018-2019 - ERAS and NRMP

Fellowship Description

The Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) fellowship at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is under the direction of Melanie Rak, MD. The fellowship is accredited for 2 years following a PM&R residency and 1 year after a combined Pediatrics-PM&R residency.
 
There is a balanced time commitment between outpatient, consulting, inpatient, research and education. The fellow is an integral part of the pediatric rehabilitation team at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and has the advantage of drawing from multiple pediatric subspecialties in the Chicagoland area including Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Shriners Hospital for Children.  We have a busy inpatient service that draws from local, national and international sources.  Typical experiences include inpatient management of children with cerebral palsy, neuromuscular disorders, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, oncology-related impairments, and organ transplant.  Excellent learning opportunities are available in comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinics focused on spasticity management, neuromuscular disorders, brachial plexus injuries, spina bifida, NICU follow up, chronic pain, and vascular malformations.  Organized rehabilitation experiences are available in the rheumatology, developmental, neurology, and orthopedics clinics.  Procedural skills developed include neurolytic blocks, both phenol and botulinum toxin injections, ultrasound-guided spasticity injections, intrathecal baclofen pump management and intraoperative monitoring during selective dorsal rhizotomies.  Fellows develop consultation skills in a large, highly-ranked pediatric hospital, adding to the broad base of experiences encountered in clinical pediatric rehabilitation practice.
 
The fellow becomes an active member of the pediatric rehabilitation team with responsibilities in teaching residents and medical students, as well as the opportunity to learn from the therapists and other subspecialty clinicians. Research is an important part of the fellowship with opportunities to become involved with basic research scientists as well as with clinical projects.
Fellows are encouraged to enhance community participation for children with disabilities, such as referring to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Caring for Kids program and other community resources.
 
Faculty
Dana Brazdziunas, MD
Luciano Dias, MD

Deborah Gaebler-Spira, MD

Nancy Kuntz, MD

Melanie Rak, MD

Gadi Revivo, DO

John Sarwark, MD

Charles Sisung, MD

Vineeta Swaroop, MD

Edward Traisman, MD
 
Application Process
*Please Note: The Pediatric Rehab Fellowship program is now using the NRMP to match candidates. The deadline for registering/submitting to the match is mid-December.
Applicants will be expected to submit a letter of interest, C.V. and three professional references to the Fellowship Program Director. Since 2014, the ERAS has been used to accept applications.
The application start date is July 1st, and the deadline for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship is September 1st. Interviews are held between September 1st and November 1st, and may be arranged at the AACPDM or AAPM&R meetings if necessary.

Contact Us

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Melanie F Rak, MD
Director
Pediatric Rehabilitation Fellowship
Shirly Ryan AbilityLab
355 E Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Email: mrak@sralab.org
Phone: 312-238-4257

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