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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Residency Training Program


The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Training Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is one of the oldest PM&R departments in the country and has graduated many well known physiatrists through the decades. The program accepts 5 students every year into the 3 year categorical training program, after they have completed 12 months of PGY1 training. This training must comply with the guidelines set forth by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (ABPMR). The residency is designed to nurture residents in a future career in 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. 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. Our residents have performed extremely well in training and board examinations and are highly competitive for employment and fellowship positions.

Combined Pediatrics/PM&R Residency Program

The Departments of PM&R and Pediatrics offer a joint educational and training experience to those interested in Pediatric Physiatry. This five-year program includes an internship in Pediatrics (12 months) followed by four years divided between Pediatrics (18 months) and Physiatry (30 months), as outlined by the residency review committee. The final year includes specific experience in Pediatric Physiatry, provided by the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Department at Children’s Hospital Colorado. After successful completion of the Combined Pediatrics/PM&R Residency, these physicians qualify for admission to the certification examinations of both the American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR), as well as the Pediatric Rehabilitation subspecialty certification through the ABPMR.