Didactics

Residents collaboratingThe residency program includes 6 hours of lectures per week on multiple physical medicine and rehabilitation topics. The main lecture location is the Varghese Learning Center located in the department area at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

The resident physicians attend the core educational lectures on most Thursday mornings from 8:00AM to 12:30PM. The lectures are arranged into educational blocks and the main educational blocks are presented every 1 ½ years. Each educational block lasts for about one month, depending upon the number of lectures required for each topic. The following are the main topics of the educational blocks:

  • Orientation to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (provided yearly in July)
  • Rehabilitation in Spinal Cord Injury
  • Electrophysiology
  • Functional Anatomy with Cadaver Exposure
  • Rehabilitation of Non-traumatic Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Rehabilitation in Diseases Affecting Nerves & Muscles
  • Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
  • Burn Rehabilitation
  • Pain Rehabilitation
  • Geriatric Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation of Joints and Connective Tissue Problems
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Physiatric Therapeutics
  • Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine and Interventional Spine
  • Pain Management

In addition, there is a monthly Grand Rounds presented by the resident physicians, one presentation per resident each year. This is scheduled typically on the 1st Thursday of each month. Both Journal Club and “Morbidity and Functional Outcome" conference is also held on the 1st Thursday of each month. Radiology Conference is scheduled once a month on a Friday. A joint EMG conference with the Department of Neurology is held on Thursdays.

The first Tuesday of each month is always reserved for Resident/Faculty Meeting which is your time to discuss pertinent residency program issues. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesdays are reserved for Topic Review in which the residents discuss and review the major rehabilitation textbooks highlighting specific topics with a senior faculty service as facilitator. Lastly, the 5th Tuesday of any month is Community Rehabilitation in which the residents present community rehabilitation resources available for the PM&R population.

There are also joint lectures with other medical disciplines. In the fall, there is a lecture series co-sponsored with the Department of Orthopedics covering topics such as amputations and orthotics. Last year's guest lecturer were Dr. Heikki Uustal and Dr. Michael Pinser. Dr. Uustal is a specialist in upper and lower extremity orthotics and prosthetics from the JFK-Johnson Rehab Institute in Edison, New Jersey. Dr. Pinser, an orthopedic surgeon from Northwestern University in Chicago is considered an expert in amputee medicine. There is also a yearly Botox lecture series which is co-sponsored with the Department of Neurology. These sessions provides residents hands-on experience with multiple injection techniques.

The PM&R Residency Program goals and objectives, as well as program effectiveness are reviewed on a regular basis. We believe that our curriculum and positive learning environment have contributed to our history of success for passing rates and board scores. Since 2001, the pass rate on the written Boards is 93%, and in that time 100% of our graduated residents have passed the Oral examination. This success allows our graduates to achieve competitive fellowship positions.

Resident evaluations:

  • Faculty evaluation of resident performance at mid-rotation and end of rotation
  • Resident evaluation of faculty and rotation every 6 month.
  • Recommendations for program changes and enhancement may be presented at departmental faculty meetings.  Each of our faculty have an open-door policy to discuss any issues that may arise. 
  • Written examination after every didactic module
  • Evaluation by the program director every 6 months
  • Annual Self Assessment Examination

Last modified: Oct 08, 2012
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