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Educaiton and Training in PM&R Disciplines

Education and Training

Residency and Fellowship Programs, Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program, Medical Student Rotations, and Assistive Technology courses

Residency Training Programs

The PM&R Residency Training Program at University of Colorado School of Medicine is one of the oldest in the country, graduating many well known physiatrists through the decades. This three-year PM&R categorical residency training program traditionally accepts four residents per year, starting after a transitional year (PGY 1), and is fully accredited by ACGME.

Designed to nurture residents in a future career in an academic medicine or private practice, our residents are encouraged to be independent thinkers in order to meet the increasing and future needs of the disabled and those in need of rehabilitation. To that end, the philosophy of our program is to train residents to understand the full breadth of the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Click here to visit the University of Colorado School of Medicine GME site for more information.

Fellowship Training Programs

Housed within our department are two distinct fellowship traing programs, Pain Medicine and Pediatric Rehabilitation.

The Pain Medicine Fellowship, a joint program with the Department of Anesthesiology, houses two fellows per academic year. The fellowship is designed to provide a comprehensive education in acute, chronic and cancer pain medicine and promote the training of academic musculoskelatal physiatrists through mentorship, research, and clinical care.

The Pediatric Rehabilitation Fellowship offers one-year and two-year fellowship programs. This fellowship is designed to develop advanced skills in the diagnosis and treatment of children with disabilities. The clinical and didactic experiences are intended to expand their knowledge of disabling pediatric conditions, including cerebral palsy, neural tube defects, neuromuscular disease, pediatric traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, pediatric encephalopathies, inherited disorders, congenital and acquired amputations.

Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Housed within our deparment, the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program offers an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), which is a professional program that educates competent, ethical physical therapists to assume the multi-faceted roles of clinical practitioner, patient manager, teacher, researcher, administrator, consultant and advocate. For more infromation regarding the DPT program, please visit the Physical Therapy Program website.

PhD in Clinical Sciences
Medical Student Rotations

A fourth year medical student elective is offered to both University of Colorado School of Medicine students and outside students. The four-week rotation is spent at two different sites and coordinated through the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Assistive Technology courses

Assistive Technology Partners , a program within our department provides graduate-level training to address the shortage of personnel trained to provide assistive technology services to children with low-incidence disabilities.