PRM Fellowship Overview

Educational Opportunities and Activities

Faculty, Jason Edinger, DO and Angie Garcia, MD with fellows, Chris Lunsford, MD and Erin Murdock,MD presenting at residency didactics

The pediatric rehabilitation medicine physician uses medicine and rehabilitation interventions to improve the daily functioning and quality of life of children who have temporary or permanent disabilities.

Model Rotation Schedule
Yr 1
 Pediatric Rehab Medicine
3 months
5 months
3 months
3 months
1 month
 Other Pediatric Specialties
Child Development    1 month -------
Neurology/Neurosurgery    ------ 1 month
NICU/PICU    1 month ------
Orthopaedics    1 month ------
Subspecialty Peds    ------ 1 month
 Self-designed study
Elective    1 month 2 months
Research    1 month ------

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.

Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of educational opportunities such as educating residents and medical students and volunteering at Camp Inspire led by Dr. Edinger. Fellows are trained in teaching and feedback techniques and given ample opportunities to practice these skills.

As a learner, the fellow participates in:
Didactics specifically designed for the fellowship
The national PRM fellowship didactics series
PRM Journal Club
Pediatric Grand Rounds
PM&R Fellows Research Meetings
Panther Rehab Grand Rounds (PM&R monthly grand rounds, Events page)
Trauma Conferences
        -Case conferences
Movement Disorders Case Conference
Tumor Board
CHRU Lunch and Learn
Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement meetings
PRM Process Improvement meetings
Faculty meetings
LEND program initiatives

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The fellowship hosts a monthly PRM Journal Club (link to topics and articles.) which is co-lead by a faculty member and the PRM fellow. Quarterly, we invite other disciplines to join us for interdisciplinary journal club. Recent journal club topics have included: quality improvement, chronic pain management, endocrine dysfunction after brain injury, transition, symptom validity testing in children, post-concussive syndrome, DVT prophylaxis, dysautonomia, conversion disorder, standards and contracture management, acute care readmissions (bounce backs), and problem solving skills training.

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. Fellows are allotted ½ per week to pursue their research interests. By the end of the training, 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


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