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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Elective Catalog Core Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Elective

Core Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Elective

Preceptor: Alex Moroz, MD
Course Code: 16-01
Coordinators: Sophia Vargas, Kirsten Horvath
Telephone: 212-263-6110

Prerequisites: None


Students with an interest in pursing a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency will benefit from this four-week elective.

Students will be assigned to both inpatient and outpatient sites during the four-week elective.

During the inpatient experience, students will participate in the diagnostic evaluation and care of patients with the following conditions: stroke, amputations, orthopedic cases (fractures, replacements, etc.), spinal cord injury, and head trauma. In addition to management of the medical care of patients with disabilities, an understanding of the rehabilitation "team" approach is stressed in the overall management of such patients.

Depending on the student’s preference, they can rotate through various clinics such as: Sports Medicine, Spine interventions, Acupuncture, Muscular Dystrophy, Brain Injury, Prosthetic and Orthotics, and General Musculoskeletal clinic, to gain exposure to general outpatient rehabilitation problems. There is also an opportunity to work with Pediatric Rehab and Electrodiagnostics, if interested.

Objectives of the Elective

To gain an in-depth understanding and robust exposure to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation and patient management through daily contact with patients, topic discussions, case presentations, scheduled lectures and review of core journal articles pertinent to the filed. Patients with a wide range of disabilities will be seen, evaluated, and treated.

Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective

1. Participation in daily morning rounds and patient care with Residents and Attendings.

2. Following 1-2 inpatients, and being involved in their medical and rehabilitation management.

3. Attendance at scheduled outpatient clinics, patient conferences, lectures, Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Neuro-Radiology Rounds, Cognition Rounds, and other didactic sessions with residents.

Didactic Program

  • Daily morning teaching rounds: daily with a specialty attending at every inpatient site.
  • Team Conferences (daily) to evaluate patients’ care plan, barriers for discharge, rehab and medical progress, and goals.
  • Resident Core Curriculum: every Tuesday from noon to 3:00 PM.
  • Grand Rounds: every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at noon.
  • Journal Club or Electrodiagnostic Case Conference: every Friday at noon.

Specialized clinics

Dance Clinic

Diabetic Foot and Ankle Clinic

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Spasticity Clinic

Muscular Dystrophy Clinic

Sports Medicine



Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

Method of Evaluation

Written evaluation by administrative chief resident, assigned residents, faculty preceptor.

Scheduling Information

Months Offered: All Year
Report To: Students will be contacted by PM&R Chief resident within two weeks of the elective start and provided with their weekly schedule and reporting time and location.
Students Per Period: 2
Duration: 4 Weeks
Note: Visiting Medical Students PM&R rotation applications should be sent to Kirsten Horvath,, by April 15th.