Residency

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"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 Academy 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.

We are 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.

We are committed to providing the educational foundation required for our residents to become competitive fellowship applicants, academic leaders, and excellent patient care providers. We can assure you that Pittsburgh is a great place to live and train as a physiatrist.
Wendy Helkowski, MD, Associate Professor and Residency Program Director

Gwen Sowa, MD, PhD, Professor and Department Chair

Read more about our program's wonderful faculty here.


UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH MEDICAL CENTER

Residents with the Department of PM&R are trained at UPMC facilities in the Greater Pittsburgh area. UPMC is annually recognized for their rehabilitation care and services and is nationally ranked by the U.S. News and World Reports.

UPMC PM&R Residency Program Mission

The UPMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program strives to train a diverse group of residents to become expert clinicians, leaders, educators, and researchers in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

UPMC PM&R Residency Program Aims

  • Train a diverse group of residents to become expert clinicians, leaders, educators, and researchers in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Foster clinical and academic leaders in the field of PM&R by offering comprehensive clinical experiences as well as innovative specialized tracks in administration and research during the residency program.
  • Provide a learning environment that promotes physician well-being and emphasizes the importance of work-life-balance to prevent physician burnout.

Visit the UPMC website for more information about their accredited programs, as well as information on stipends and benefits.