Clinical Rotations and Call Schedule

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers a wide variety of educational opportunities throughout training. The rotations are purposefully equally balanced between Outpatient / Inpatient and Neurorehabilitation / MSK. In addition, we have maximized the number of electives to allow PGY3 residents to complete Audition Electives in pursuit of a fellowship and PGY4s to round out their education as they prepare for their unique post-residency careers.

Inpatient Calls have been spreadout throughout residency to limit burnout and promote wellness amongst the residents. We have found that having our senior residents complete call not only reduced the burdon for the junior resident but also provides them with an opportunity to teach back to the Junior residents on ways they could improve their patient care, reduce overnight pages, etc.
 
 
 
PGY-1
  • 5 Months General Medical Floors (GMF)
  • 1 Month of GMF Night Float
  • 1 Month of Inpatient HIV Floor at CCHHS and Inpatient Hematology
  • 1 Month of Neurology
  • 1 Month of Emergency Medicine
  • 2 Months of IM Electives (i.e. GI, Pulmonology, Cardiology)
  • 1 Month of Inpatient Rehabilitation
 
PGY-2
  • 6 Months of Inpatient Rehabilitation at Rush Rehabilitation 
  • 2 Months of Inpatient Consults at Rush University Medical Center
  • 2 Months of Spinal Cord Rehabilitation at Hines VA
  • 2 Months of Inpatient Trauma Consults and Outpatient MSK at Cook County Hospital
 
PGY-3
  • 2 Months as Senior Resident at Rush Rehabilitation and Neurorehabilitation Clinics
  • 1 Month of Inpatient Consults at Rush University Medical Center
  • 1 Month of Inpatient Trauma Consults and Outpatient MSK at Cook County Hospital
  • 1 Month of Spinal Cord Rehabilitation at Hines VA
  • 1 Month of Inpatient & Outpatient Pediatrics at Shriner’s Hospital and Rush Univeristy Medical Center Clinics
  • 2 Months of Outpatient Neurorehabilitation, MSK, and EMG Clinics at ROPH
  • 1 Month of EMG
  • 1 Month of Elective 
  • 1 Month of Elective or Sports Selective
  • 1 Month of Elective or Interventional Spine Selective
 
PGY-4
  • 1 Months as Senior Resident at Rush Rehabilitation and Neurorehabilitation Clinics
  • 1 Month of Inpatient & Outpatient Pediatrics at Shriner’s Hospital and Rush Univeristy Medical Center Clinics
  • 1 Month of O&P
  • 5 Months of EMG
  • 1 Month of Outpatient Spine & Pain at Rush University Medical Center
  • 1 Month of Elective
  • 1 Month of Elective or Sports Selective (if not completed PGY3 year)
  • 1 Month of Elective or Interventional Spine Selective (if not completed PGY3 year)
 
 
 
Experience Description / Faculty
Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Clinic
(Including Botox, Orthotics, Peripheral Joint Injections, EMG)
Dr. Bunzol and Dr. Patton at Rush
Comprehensive non-interventional Pain
Dr. James Gruft in Oakbrook, IL
Interventional Pain
Dr. Ken Candido and Atony Tharian at Advocate
Alternative Medicine (Acupuncture)
Dr. Kamani at Hines VA
Pelvic Floor / Women’s Health
Dr. Sheila Dugan at Rush
MSK (including ultrasound guided injections)
Dr. Steve Clar at Cook County Hospital
MSK, O&P, and Wheelchair Clinics
Dr. McCarthy at Cook County Hospital
Occupational Health
Dr. Laluya
Interventional Spine
Elmhurst Hospital    (Dr. Frank, Dr. Couri)
Midwest Orthopedics (Dr. Best, Dr. Agrawal, Dr. Singh)
Rush University (Dr. Wu)
Sports Medicine
UIC (Dr. Nicola, Dr. Verma, Dr. El-Shammi)
Midwest Orthopedics (Dr. Ghannad, Dr. Weber)
Elmhurst Hospital (Dr. Behar, Dr. Patel)
University of Chicago (Dr. Hicks)
MSK Radiology 
Dr. John Ebersole
Rush Affiliated Consultants
Rheumatology
Neurology
Multiple Sclerosis
Neuromuscular Medicine (including ALS clinic)
Endocrine Bone
 
 
 
Details:
  • Residents are required to take inpatient call at Rush Rehabilitation throughout residency with decreasing requirement as they become senior residents.  All of the calls are organized to the time when they are on the inpatient rotation itself
  • During the weekday, residents share responsibility of taking “Home Call” answering pages from home but never have to come into the hospital from home
  • On the weekend, residents provide 24 hour “In House” call on Saturday and 12 hour call on Sunday (Internal Medicine Moonlighter provides “In House” Call on Sunday Overnight).  The Saturday and Sunday calls are spaced in accordance to ACGME rule and our departmental wellness policies
Wellness: In the interest of our department Wellness Initiatives, the department has not only followed ACGME rules with duty hours but has also spread out the call to avoid having any issues with wellness. Residents who take overnight “Home Call” do not typically taken overnight “Home Call” for at least another 24 hours
 
Call Distribution per Year:
 
Weekday Overnight
(7am – 7pm)
“Home Call” Days
Saturday
24 hour
“In House” Call Days
Sunday
12 hour
“In House” Call Days
PGY2
35
7
7
PGY3
25
5
5
PGY4
5
1
1