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Rehabilitation Medicine Curriculum
Academic Activities

Didactic Conferences

The didactic conferences are held on Wednesday mornings for a total of five hours, and are divided into core topics: joint/connective tissue; musculoskeletal; kinesiology; nerve/muscle; oncology; brain injury and stroke; spinal cord injury; cardiopulmonary; pediatrics; industrial medicine; and rehabilitation administration. The core lecture series repeats once every 12 months. Included in the didactic conference schedule is the grand rounds lecture series. Attending and resident physicians are responsible for preparing and presenting case oriented lectures on topics within the realm of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Residents typically present one grand rounds per year during their residency. The didactic programs are alternatively located at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Gross Anatomy

Residents, in small teams, are responsible for dissection and presenting the anatomical relationships of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. Clinical and electrodiagnostic correlations are discussed immediately following anatomic discussions. Anatomy sessions take place yearly in the fall. Attending supervision is provided for all activities.

Orthotics/Gait, Prosthetics & Electrodiagnosis Inter-City Courses

The residency is fortunate to be situated in Philadelphia, a nationally recognized region of rehabilitation training. The city's residency programs, including Jefferson's, cooperate in presenting in-depth courses dedicated to orthotics and gait, prosthetics, and electrodiagnosis. Each course runs approximately two to three days. Residents are excused from clinical responsibility and granted educational leave to attend. Each resident is granted attendance to each of these courses during two out of their three residency training years.

The Role of Research

Research is an integral aspect of rehabilitation training. Research is encouraged and supported at Jefferson but is not required for program completion. Within the Jefferson residency, many department members are engaged in clinical and/or basic science research. These physicians are assigned to act as advisors to residents interested in research activity.

Many of our residents present at state and national conferences each year.  A list of recent scholarly activity - papers and presentations, by our PM&R residents can be found here.

Department-Sponsored Professional Conferences

Residents are encouraged to attend annual meetings of professional organizations, such as the annual meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and The Association of Academic Physiatry. Travel expenses for these conferences will be defrayed through departmental funding. Additional support will be provided for residents who have presentations accepted for these meetings

Dr. Melvin

John Melvin, MD, MMSc
Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine


Dr. Marino

Ralph Marino, MD
Director, PM&R Residency


Michael Mallow, MD
Associate Program Director


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitaion
Patricia Williams
Education Coordinator
25 S. Ninth Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
(215) 955-7446

We participated in the National Residency Match Program and utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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