Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

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), Journal club, 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.

As a backdrop to 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 PGY2 - three years at Rush)

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

  • Johnston R. Bowman Center (JRB)
  • Rush University Hospital
  • Midwest Orthopedics Hospital
  • Cook County Hospital
  • University of Illinois Hospital
  • Rush Oak Park Hospital
  • Hines VA Hospital
  • Chicago Shriner’s Hospital
  • Edwards-Elmhurst Hospital System

How to apply

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Applications 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 or COMLEX Steps 1 and 2 completed with a minimum score of 200 (three-digit)
  • Two years exposure to U.S. medicine in a clinical setting
  • Adequate exposure to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation 

The application deadline is Nov. 30.