Resident Education & Scholarly Activities

Formal Didactics  (Monday from 4 - 6 pm, 3rd & 4th Wednesday from 7 am - 8:30 am)
The formal didactic educational curriulum is organized monthly with each month dedicated to a specific rehabiliation topic (e.g. August is Stroke month) with all faculty participating periodically throughout the year based upon their clinical interest and specialty.  Rather than a traditional ‘lecture,’ we have taken a cue from our Medical College and transitioned our education into a Flipped Classroom Model with Case-Based Small Group Learning Sessions (i.e. PBL/EBL) lead by our faculty.  Residents are required to read the assigned reading materials to prepare for a discussion group within their PGY class and/or the entire residency.   At the conclusion of each month, residents are given a quiz with questions written by the faculty participants for the month as a means for residents to monitor their educational process in addition to helping the practice answering test questions for written boards.
Ultrasound and EMG Curriculum:
Twice a month during Formal Didactics (i.e. protected time), faculty members will lead a seminar on an Ultrasound and/or EMG topic followed by a hands-on workshop
Inpatient Rehab Lecture Series (Thursdays at Noon)
To supplement the Junior Residents education, we have a weekly 20-minute lecture followed by Q&A presented by the Attending Physician and Senior Resident on a variety of neurorehabilitation and MSK related topics. 
Dugan Rounds (1st Mondays at 4pm)
Dugan Rounds are conducted by our Chairperson, Dr. Sheila Dugan.  Each month, a resident presents an interesting MSK case in a Mock Oral Boards style format.  The presenter provides only the opening symptomology (e.g. 24 year old female with left knee pain) with the residents required to ask questions to get the full history, develop a differential diagnosis, request appropriate labs, create a working diagnosis, and develop a plan of care.  Due to Dr. Dugan’s extensive clinical and research work involving Healthcare Disparities, twice a year, Dugan Rounds are adjusted to focus on a case that involves Healthcare Disparities.
Safety Rounds (2nd Mondays at 4pm)
Each month, the medical transfers and safety events from the past month are reviewed and discussed using root-cause analysis.  The teaching points are used to create new protocols to reduce future events in addition to sparking Quality Improvement projects for resident physicians.  Each month, a resident volunteers to give a 10 minute presentation using evidence-based medicine to expand upon a teaching point from the previous month (e.g. management of acute respiratory distress in acute rehabilitation).
Board Preparation (Written & Oral Boards)
Each Spring, the program coordinates a Mock Oral Boards (Part II) with faculty proctors for the current PGY4 and the recently graduated residents who are preparing for Mock Oral Boards.  As noted above, written boards (Part I) education is integrated into the didactic learning.  The program also purchases online Board Review Question Bank, Video Lecture Series, and Textbooks for each resident.
Grand Rounds:
Residents are required to give a Grand Rounds presentation each year to an audience of our core and associated faculty in addition to the entire interdisciplinary rehabilitation team (PM&R, PT, OT, SLP, Psychology, etc) from the Chicago Medical District (Rush, University of Illinois, and Cook County Hospital).  Residents are given support via their Mentors and are encouraged to pick topics of their clinical interest particulalry if they are thinking of pursuing a fellowship in that field.


Extracurricular Activities

  • See separate page regarding community outreach
  • Residents are typically active providing coverage for local sporting events incluidng:
    • Sideline coverage for High School Sporting Events
    • Race Medicine Coverage in the Chicagoland Area (Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Hustle Up the Hancock, Soldier Field 10 Mile Race)
    • Adaptive Sports via GLASA
  • Preparticipation Physicals (NCAA D-1 sports and High school)




Scholarly Activity 
Quality Improvement Project
All residents are required to be a part of Quality Improvement Projects.  Historically, the specific project has varied from topics related to clinical interest (e.g. spinal injections, sports medicine clinic) to improving the educational curriciulum to ideas sparked from Safety Rounds.  Junior Residents are required to a join an ongoing project with a Senior Resident to learn about how to do a QI project.  As they become Seniors, residents have the option of continuing the project they did the previous year or starting a new project themselves.
Current QI Projects:
  • Improving Quality of Resident Education with specific focus on improving EMG / Ultrasound Curriculum
  • Resident Wellness - done in conjunction with the RUSH Center of Wellness
  • Improving Patient Satisfaction in Outpatient MSK/Spine Clinics by improving efficiency of procedures getting done on time
  • Improving Patient Satisfaction Scores in Stroke patients admitted to Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation
Research / Scholarly Activity
The best part of being intimiately connected with the Medical Center is the fact that our residents have innumerable opportunities to do research with other departments (e.g neurosurgery, neurology) and/or find institutional support to completing one’s own projects.  Our faculty and residents have been involved with multiple projects:
  • Case report presentation at National Conferences 
  • Psychogenic Movement Disorders: Outcomes with Early Intervention with Inpatient Rehabilitation
  • Functional Outcomes following Stem Cell Implanation in Complete Traumatic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury
  • NIH supported Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN Study) a longitudinal epidemiological study of midlife women
  • WISHFIT study, a behavioral intervention for Black and White midlife women on Chicago’s Southside to reduce the menopause related increase in visceral fat and its negative metabolic consequences
  • NIH sponsored Abundant Living in Vibrant Energy (ALIVE) pilot project using a bible study to improve diet