Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC Mercy

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) offers three and four year programs training residents to a high level of clinical and academic proficiency. Faculty consists of physicians, scientists, neuropsychologists, and bioengineers invested in providing the best education in clinical care, rehabilitation research and technologies, spinal medicine, and cognitive rehabilitation.

 

Wendy Helkowski, MD, Vice Chair of Medical Education

 

Wendy M. Helkowski, MD
Vice Chair, Medical Education
Residency Program Director

 


"Advancing the Science and Practice of Rehabilitation Medicine"…this is more than a motto to us - it defines our goals in teaching, patient care and research.

We offer our residents a broad experience in PM&R and a comprehensive didactic series. Our faculty consists of physicians, scientists, neuropsychologists, and bioengineers invested in providing the best education in clinical care and rehabilitation research. The faculty guide residents as they explore areas beyond their clinical experiences facilitating involvement in academic projects and leadership roles. Our residents regularly present their work at national meetings including the Association of Academic Physiatrists, American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American College of Sports Medicine. Residents initiate and collaborate on abstracts, case reports, book chapters and peer-reviewed publications.

I am proud to share with you that our UPMC PM&R department is in the top 15 programs in the US News and World report ranking and UPMC is considered one of the "Best of the Best." The UPMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department is in the top 5 PM&R departments across the country in NIH funding. We are one of the few PM&R departments with model systems grants for Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury.

We are committed to providing the educational foundation required for our residents to become competitive fellowship applicants, academic leaders and excellent patient care providers. And, as a native "Pittsburgher", I can assure you that Pittsburgh is a great place to live and train as a physiatrist.