Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Residency Specialty Program

The specialty portion of the residency program in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern University consists of required rotations in adult and pediatric inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient care, electrodiagnostic procedures, pain management, rheumatology, community hospital rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, sports medicine, and consultation. 

PGY II year

The PGY II year focuses on acquiring inpatient management skills as the resident completes the following rotations:

10 months inpatient - 2 months outpatient/therapy/coverage

  • General/Medically Complex rehabilitation
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke rehabilitation

Outpatient experiences are provided throughout the three-year program with each resident participating in a weekly rehabilitation clinic and having the opportunity to participate in numerous specialty clinics such as:

  • Pain Management
  • Interventional Pain
  • Sports medicine/Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Urology
  • Post-polio
  • Amputee/Prosthetics
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Spasticity
  • Wound Care

PGY III and IV years

  • 3 months of consult rotations
  • 2 months of inpatient (VA & Community)
  • 4 months of elective rotations
  • 2 months of inpatient pediatrics
  • 2 months of pain management
  • 1 month of prosthetics/orthotics
  • 5 months of electromyography
  • 1 month outpatient clinics (VA)
  • 2 months selectives
  • 2 month sports medicine