Medical students

Contact us

Sharondia Gaines
GME Coordinator 
Phone: (804) 828-8693

William McKinley, M.D.
Program director

VCU PM&R is proud to host medical students on the adventure to become a physician. The department offers clinical and educational interaction within PM&R.

Medical student electives

The department 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.

M-III (third year) – “Foundational Elective”
M-IV (fourth year)

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation “Acting Internship” (Course 6000): Inpatient PM&R service
  • Brain Injury “Acting Internship” (Course 6001): Inpatient PM&R brain injury rehabilitation
  • PM&R Rotating Elective (Course 9500): Exposure to PM&R consult team, inpatient rehab and outpatient PM&R clinics
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation (Course 9600): PM&R exposure at VCU and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
  • Spinal Cord Injury-VA (Course 6025): Inpatient SCI service at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

Information for medical students from other universities

For information, contact the VCU Electives Office at (804) 828-9784.

Housing arrangements can be made by contacting Sam Stuart at (804) 828-1800 to see if anything will be available during your time here. You also may inquire about a housing list, but for those accommodations you will need a car. Also, if you drive your car you will need to check with our Parking and Transportation Office to see if there will be a space available for you; that number is (804) 828-0501. Please inform them that you are a visiting student from out of town.

The Electives Office will need proof of your health insurance before you can start with us; your school covers you for malpractice insurance. Upon your arrival to VCU, please report to the Electives Office, 8 a.m., First Floor, Sanger Hall, Room 1-002, for information about obtaining a VCUCard which you will need at all times while on our campus.

Shadowing opportunities

  1. Inpatient/consult PM&R services — These include hospitalized (inpatient) patients on our rehab medicine units at VCU (with diagnoses such as spinal cord injury, stroke, polytrauma, brain injury, etc.). This is a good opportunity to view the PM&R interdisciplinary team approach to medical/functional management. Locations: VCU North Hospital, First Floor (M/T/R, 7:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.)
  2. Outpatient PM&R clinics — Outpatients with PM&R management issues (either at ACC or Stony Point clinics). This is a chance to see follow-up patients with a variety of issues (pain, musculoskeletal, amputee, stroke, SCI and TBI). Locations: ACC Sixth Floor clinic at VCU (9 a.m., M/T/R)
  3. Pain Management Clinic — Outpatients with pain management issues. This is a chance to see musculoskeletal exams and injection procedures. Locations: Stony Point Spine Center (Mon.-Thurs.)
  4. Pediatric PM&R — Pediatric PM&R physicians see a variety of issues within their outpatient clinic (cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, juvenile arthritis, etc.). Location: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. (Mon.-Thurs.)
  5. PM&R lectures — Faculty or resident didactic lectures on PM&R-related topics. Friday 7-8 a.m. and 9-10 a.m. PM&R Grand Rounds 8-9 a.m. (Location: MMRB 1-013)

Addresses for PM&R clinical sites:
VCU Health: 1200 East Marshall Street (804) 828-4233
ACC Clinic: VCU Ambulatory Care Center: (804) 828-3346
Stony Point Spine Center: 8700 Stony Point Parkway (804) 323-0830
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU: 2924 Brook Road (804) 321-7474

Student Interest Group

The PM&R Student Interest Group promotes opportunities for educational and clinical interaction with PM&R.

Goals for the PM&R SIG are to:

  • Raise awareness of PM&R’s role in patient care
  • Educate the medical student’s on PM&R topics
  • Create opportunities for student participation in PM&R activities
  • Serve as a resource for students interested in pursuing PM&R

These objectives will be met through the following activities:

  • Interactive student “get-togethers”
  • Presentations by PM&R faculty
  • PM&R clinical exposure opportunities