Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

The Rush University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency is an ACGME accredited program offering four spots each year.

Residents Group 2018

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. Physical medicine and rehabilitation 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 studies 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 Hines Veteran’s Administration Hospital, plus time at Cook Country and University of Illinois Medical Center. 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 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) accepts four residents into the program:

  • Three categorical positions (all four years completed at Rush)
  • One advanced position (intern year at outside institution PGY-2 - three years at Rush)

The residents rotate through a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings in the Chicagoland area including:

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

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 our Program Coordinator, Randie Salerno, at Randie_Salerno@rush.edu for further information.