Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship

   recruiting for July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC are pleased to offer an ACGME accredited (#3464131017) two year Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship on an annual basis.

Fellows are trained at the Rehabilitation Institute and the world renowned Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, a level 1 trauma center with 304 hospital beds, 79 of which are critical care beds. The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh/Rehabilitation Institute is home to the Children’s Hospital Rehabilitation Unit (CHRU), an 8 bed comprehensive rehabilitation program that caters to the rehabilitation needs of children with medical complexity, brain injury, spinal cord injury and other disabling conditions of childhood. We are also partnered with the Children’s Institute, an independent pediatric rehabilitation facility with CARF accreditation to provide a well-rounded exposure to the types of rehabilitation programs available.

Fellows rotate through a two year curriculum that includes training in pediatrics, pediatric subspecialties, inpatient comprehensive pediatric rehabilitation, inpatient pediatric rehabilitation consults, outpatient pediatric rehabilitation, and research.

   Outpatient pediatric rehabilitation clinics include:
Cerebral palsy clinic
Spina bifida/related disorders clinic
Brain injury follow-up clinic
Concussion management clinic
Brachial plexus clinic
Chronic pain clinic
Neuromuscular clinic
Spasticity management clinic
Durable medicial equipment clinic
EMG and procedures clinic
Transition clinic
Outreach clinics
General Rehabilitation clinic
Fellow's continuity clinic

   Inpatient experiences include:
PRM consults
Inpatient comprehensive rehabilitation at the CHRU
Inpatient comprehensive rehabilitation at the Children's Institute

Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of educational opportunities and are also engaged in educating residents and medical students. Fellows are mentored in the skills necessary to perform formal lectures and bedside teaching, with ample opportunities to practice these skills.

   As a learner, the educational experience for the fellow includes:
Monthly didactics specifically desitned for the fellowship
Monthly participation in the national PRM fellowship didactics series
PRM journal club
Pediatric grand rounds
Panther Rehab Grand Rounds (PM&R)
Participation in quality improvement initiatives
Didactics with the neurology and neurodevelopment fellows

Research opportunities are abundant. Fellows participate in a one month research rotation early in the first year to establish their research interests and develop relationships with researchers from within the division, department and throughout the Children’s Hospital, as appropriate. Fellows are allotted ½ per week to pursue their research interests. By the end of the fellowship, the fellow is expected to submit at least one abstract to a national meeting and participate in the writing of a manuscript for peer-reviewed publication.

   Potential research opportunities include (but are not limited to):
Brain injury
Assistive technology
Health services


Fellows are assigned a faculty mentor based on their interests. In addition, fellows are mentored in research by a team that includes the fellowship director and investigators engaged in research of interest to the fellow. In addition to the training experiences in our hospital based settings, our fellows have the opportunity to learn hands-on about the lives and experiences of the children we serve through volunteer activities at a local camp for children with disabilities and at the many adaptive sporting programs in the community.


Meet the rest of the PRM Fellowship faculty

Jason Edinger, DO
Assoc Program Director

Angela Garcia, MD
Res Rotation Director
Brad Dicianno, MD, MS

Dina Patterson, MD

Amit Sinha, MD

Melissa Stern, PhD

Interested physicians should submit all applications through ERAS only. Please note our ACGME Number is 3464131017. Completed ERAS applications will be reviewed and personal interviews offered by invitation only. Applicants for this program must submit their rank list through the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Match in the NRMP. We are recruiting for our next fellow to start in July 2015. Applications are made through ERAS (


for more information contact:
Stacey Snead-Peterson
GME Academic Manager
Department of PM&R
Building B, Suite 11522
1400 Locust Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219