Education and training

VCU PM&R training programs benefit from the wide variety of resources available at both VCU and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Trainees gain clinical and procedural exposure under the supervision and training of nationally recognized faculty and with an organized approach to education and research


William O. McKinley, M.D.

LaFratta Endowed Professor and vice chair for education

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University offers a broad range of education and training opportunities, including:

  • Residency program: Our three-year, fully accredited PM&R residency program accepts six residents annually (through NRMP) and stresses comprehensive medical rehabilitation for individuals with traumatic brain injury, stroke, musculoskeletal injury, spinal cord injury, pediatric disorders, orthopedic and multitrauma injuries, along with specialty outpatient clinics for pain management, musculoskeletal, sports medicine, electrodiagnosis and orthotics/prosthetics. Upon completion of our fully accredited PM&R residency, VCU graduates demonstrate the knowledge and skills to be highly competent physiatrists and leaders in the field of PM&R.
  • Fellowships: PM&R is seeking BE/BC candidates for Traumatic Brain Injury/Polytrauma (Non-ACGME accredited), Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (ACGME accredited) and Pain Management (ACGME accredited) fellowships. Upon completion of a fellowship, VCU graduates demonstrate the knowledge and skills to be highly competent specialists.
  • Medical students: VCU PM&R offers electives for medical students. In addition to clinical activities, students will be exposed to the didactic lectures and Grand Rounds with the PM&R residents and faculty. Medical students gain an understanding of what it is meant to be a physiatrist, a physician who specializes in improving a person’s function.
  • Grand Rounds/lectures