Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

The Rush University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency is an ACGME accredited program offering four categorical spots each year.

Residency training has at its core to expose and educate physicians on the complexities of the specialty.  Rush University Medical Center has two mandates: excellence in patient care and a strong focus on education. The program is part of a university system with all primary and specialty assistance available at all hours of the day or night.  PM&R is a popular department in the university, evidenced by its frequent visitors from outside schools and rotations from within, including the departments of anesthesiology (pain fellows), geriatrics, neurology, internal medicine and students from the physician assistant program at Rush.

The department is intent on providing a balanced set of inpatient and outpatient venues with care at the main campus, spinal cord experience at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, plus time at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (CCHHS) and University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System.  This broad exposure facilitates a broad swath of mentors, patients and pathology.  In addition, there are another four rehab programs in Chicago permitting elective time with many world-class practitioners.

Additional educational time is identified for mandatory didactics every week (from the actual specialists in the field), grand rounds, weekly chapter reviews, plus courses in gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, prosthetics and orthotics, as well as electrodiagnostic medicine.  Additional months are available in sports medicine, interventional pain management, pelvic floor dysfunction and musculoskeletal disorders.

The program is one of the most exciting, culturally diverse, sports-rich, friendly cities in the country — Chicago.

Program overview

Each year, the Rush University Medical Center Department of PM&R accepts four categorical residents into the program.  The residents rotate through a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings in the Chicagoland area including (but not limited to):

  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Johnston R. Bowman Health Center (JRB)
  • Rush Oak Park Hospital
  • Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
  • John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (CCHHS)
  • University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
  • Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children - Chicago
  • Edward-Elmhurst Health
  • Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

How to apply

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
  • Three letters of recommendation with at least one recommendation from a Physiatrist
  • Permanent U.S. Citizenship or J-1 Visa eligible
  • Graduate of medical school in the last three years
  • USMLE score of 210 with no previous failures or COMLEX Level 1 and Level 2 minimum score of 500 (three-digit)
  • Two years of exposure to U.S. medicine in a clinical setting
  • Adequate exposure to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation 

The application deadline is November 30.

Please contact Jenna Feld at for further information.