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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:

The University of Kansas Hospital

University of Kansas HospitalInpatient Rotation
Ranked the best hospital in Kansas City by US News & World Report and among the 50 best hospitals in the nation in 11 specialties for 2016-2017, 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 29-bed unit, residents provide care for patients with traumatic brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, transplant, complex cancer, 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.

Outpatient Rotation
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. 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 Spine Center - Main Campus is located in Kansas City, Kansas just one block west of the Missouri-Kansas border. The Indian Creek location is 25 minutes south of the KU Medical Center.

Kansas City Veterans Administration Medical Center

KCVA hospitalResidents participate in outpatient rotations at the KCVA. The VA has a comprehensive spinal cord injury program, with amputee, spacticity, and general rehabilitation clinics. Residents gain valuable experience performing EMGs with PM&R and Neurology.

This site also provides ample opportunities for musculoskeletal clinic with exposure to 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.

Children's Mercy Hospital

Children's MercyResidents rotate through the only children's hospital in eastern Kansas and western Missouri under the supervision of 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 Ability KC, 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.

Eastern Kansas Veteran's Health Care System


Our residents are provided with a  unique, rural educational opportunity to serve veterans in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Here, trainees are exposed to the rehabilitation necessary for veterans dealing with amputations, traumatic brain injury, POW trauma, and musculoskeletal issues. Residents also perform EMGs with PM&R faculty. The Eastern Kansas CA is located 30 miles northwest of KU Medical Center. 

Last modified: Feb 07, 2020