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PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION SERVICE
PHYSICAL MEDICINE REHABILITATION CLERKSHIP

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS ROTATING ON SERVICE AT ONCE.  Two (2).

LENGTH OF ROTATIONS.  Four (4) to six (6) weeks.

WILL TAKE STUDENTS FOR TWO WEEKS ONLY?  No.

LEVEL OF STUDENTS ACCEPTED  Third or fourth year.

TIME OF YEAR OFFERRED.  Flexible start dates throughout the year, excluding December.

PRIOR APPROVAL (FROM DEPARTMENT REQUIRED) AND ELIGIBILITY.

  • Yes.
  • Offered primarily to medical students with an Army obligation (HPSP and USUHS).
  • Not currently offered to civilian students.
  • HPSP students will apply using the Clerkship Application form.
  • USUHS fourth year students will apply using USUHS Form No. 1304.
  • The Clerkship Coordinator will obtain permission from the appropriate clerkship official upon receipt of the application/form and will then inform the student of approval/disapproval via e-mail.

OBJECTIVES/DESCRIPTION OF CLERKSHIP.

  • To provide third and fourth year medical students with a basic understanding of the practice of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Fourth year elective clerkships are designed to permit medical students to gain a greater depth of understanding of principles of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to include non-operative Sportsmedicine, Electrodiagnostic medicine, and Interventional Spinal Procedures. Knowledge and physical examination skills at a more advanced, pertinent, level will be expected at the conclusion of a four week elective period.
  • Our goal is to train and mentor the next generation of Army Physical Medicine and Rehabilitaion residents, as well as Army Officer Professional Development.
  • Students may be asked to assist in the evaluation of inpatient consults if an educational opportunity presents itself.

FREQUENCY OF CALL.  No call will be required during this rotation.

SUGGESTED READINGS.

  • There will be selected readings from textbooks and journals based on identified patient problems seen in the clinic and on the ward.
  • Students will be provided with a suggested reading list and appropriate articles at the beginning of their clinical rotation.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS.

  • Each student is expected to attend all Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation academic meetings, to include weekly pain conferences, monthly spine conferences, and didactic lectures.
  • Students are required to perform one 10-20 minute lecture on a selected topic related to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

HOW ARE STUDENTS EVALUATED?

  • During your clinical experience, the staff that work with the student will evaluate the student on their cognitive and non-cognitive academic performance.
  • The final evaluation for all students will reflect not only his/her fund of knowledge and ability to gather and synthesize information, but also his/her motivation, work habits, and interpersonal skills.

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