The University of Kansas Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program is a 3-year program beginning at the PGY-2 year. It offers an exciting variety of inpatient and outpatient training at university hospitals, VA medical centers and private hospitals. During their three years, residents rotate through the following facilities in two-month blocks:
Ranked the best hospital in Kansas City by US News & World Report and among the 50 best hospitals in the nation in six specialties for 2011-2012, the University of Kansas Hospital provides excellent patient care, teaching, and learning environments for residents and fellows. Residents gain valuable experience caring for a diverse patient population. During a typical two-month rotation on the 21-bed unit, residents provide care for patients with traumatic brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, MS, arthritis, orthopedic joint replacements, and multiple fractures. The University of Kansas is a level one-trauma center and is the only academic hospital/medical center for the state of Kansas.
During outpatient rotations at the University of Kansas Hospital, residents will spend two months rotating through the Marc A Asher, MD, Comprehensive Spine Center. The Spine Center, as it is commonly referred to, opened in 2008 and offers an innovative approach to the diagnosis and treatment of back pain and spine disorders. The center boasts 22,000 square-feet including 27 exam rooms, four specialized diagnostic rooms, 11 pre-/post-interventional procedure bays and a 4,000-square-foot outpatient rehabilitation gym. Residents work in an interdisciplinary setting working alongside Radiology, Anesthesiology, Orthopaedics, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Pain Management to provide comprehensive patient care.
This facility is located in Kansas City, Kansas just one block west of the Missouri-Kansas border. It is accessed easily by taking the Rainbow Boulevard exit of the I-35 expressway, a major roadway in Kansas City.
Residents participate in primarily outpatient programs. The VA has a comprehensive spinal cord injury program as well as a large number of patients with amputations in the outpatient clinic. Residents gain valuable experience performing EMGs in the outpatient clinic.
This site also provides ample opportunities to do muscle, tendon, and bursa joint injections. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to assist and perform invasive spinal procedures such as epidurals, facet blocks, etc. This hospital is located approximately 20 minutes east of the University of Kansas Medical Center, just south of the I-70 expressway.
Residents at this facility are primarily responsible for outpatient musculoskeletal activities including learning physiatric procedures. They also perform some EMGs and various injections at this facility.
This VA medical center is located approximately 30 to 45 minutes from the University of Kansas Medical Center in the city of Leavenworth. Although there are many ways to drive to Leavenworth, most residents choose to drive north on Kansas Highway 7.
Residents rotate through the only children's hospital in eastern Kansas and western Missouri under the supervision of three faculty with both pediatric and rehabilitation qualifications. There is a 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation service along with very busy outpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation pediatric clinics. The faculty also supervise the day pediatric and adolescent programs at the Rehabilitation Institute, a large outpatient rehabilitation facility.
This facility is located in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, approximately 15 minutes away from University of Kansas Medical Center by inter-city roadways.