Many of our residents express interests beyond clinical medicine. Our program is committed to providing education and opportunities to grow in the direction a resident wants to go. With that in mind, we have created three optional specialty tracks for residents in our program.
Medical Education Track
This is an optional 18-month specialty track for residents interested in a career in medical education. Many of our resident graduates have continued their careers in academic medicine and are actively teaching a new generation of physiatrists. Being a teacher and being an educator are two distinctly different things that is not immediately transparent. Beyond acquiring teaching skills, this track is designed to expose our residents to curriculum design, proper assessment methods and theories on teaching and learning. All residents on this track participate in a medical education project. Many of these medical education projects will also fulfill the resident research requirement of the program. Participants in this track meet monthly to have a faculty guided discussion on educational topics.
Five-Year Research Track
The optional five-year research track is intended for the resident with aspirations of a career as a funded clinician-scientist. The growth and development of research careers within the field of PM&R is very important to our program. We are the only program in the country to offer financial support for a resident to integrate a year’s worth of research within the last two years of residency rotations. This ultimately extends their training by one year. Residents who are interested in this track will not need to declare their intent for this program until their second year of residency. If they are approved for this optional track, their PGY-3 and PGY-4 rotations will be spread out in three years, while 12 research months are integrated into their clinical rotation schedule to thoughtfully match the needs of their research projects. The goal of a resident on this research track is to collect preliminary data to apply for a research training grant by the end of their five years.
This is an optional 18-month specialty track for residents who are interested in developing leadership skills. Many of our resident graduates have become medical directors, section chiefs and chairs. One of our program aims is to develop leaders of our field. This track provides formal training in leadership skills such as providing feedback, goal/vision setting, strategy development, problem solving and understanding organizational structure and finances.