Residency program

Contact us


Anna Cerrato
Residency program manager 
Phone: (804) 828-2017


William McKinley, M.D.
Program director

The Virginia COmmonwealth University (VCU) Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency program is a 3-year, fully accredited PM&R program that accepts 6 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 skilled & competent physiatrists and leaders in the field of PM&R. A combined approach of extensive clinical exposure, bedside teaching, formal lectures and research mentoring & well-being is provided by an experienced and nationally recognized faculty. An interdisciplinary team approach is utilized, working closely with physical/occupational/speech therapy, nursing, psychology, social work, along with other medical and surgical specialties, such as neurology, neurosurgery and orthopedics.

VCU PM&R is a nationally recognized program with state-of-the-art facilities at VCU and at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. We offer well-rounded clinical exposure with 1:1 faculty/resident ratio (and diversity of patients & facilities); dynamic & experienced faculty with national recognition; excellent outpatient/inpatient ratio; structured and comprehensive didactic training; interventional spine and pain programs with extensive injection and ultrasound exposure (residents far exceed the ACGME recommended target numbers); research mentorship with successful record of resident national presentations and publications; TBI, SCI, polytrauma and amputation/prosthetics "centers of excellence".

We are proud of our history. Over the past 25 years, there were more than 135 graduates of the program. Of those alumni, 30 percent accept positions in academic practice at various times in their careers. Additionally, we have assisted one chief executive officer, four chairman and six program directors achieve their goals as leaders in the field.

Initially after graduation, 35 percent of our of our residents matriculate into fellowship programs; this percentage increased to 70 percent in recent years (40 percent pain medicine, 20 percent SCI, 10 percent BI, 10 percent peds, 10 percent MSK/sports, 5 percent cancer/palliative). Although our graduates like to practice in the mid-Atlantic region (35 percent), we have assisted our alumni to secure positions in the Northeast (18 percent), Southeast (15 percent), Midwest (15 percent), West and Southwest (15 percent) and internationally (2 percent).

It is our goal as a residency training program to open doors for our residents and graduates and to position them in the physician and leadership roles of their choosing.

Combined internal medicine/PM&R track

VCU PM&R and the VCU Department Internal Medicine host an internal medicine preliminary year–PM&R track. This track links four internal medicine preliminary positions with the PM&R residency program. Note: VCU has six total positions, but only four will be “combined.”

Core values

The IM-PM&R preliminary track reflects the values of both PM&R and internal medicine. It utilizes a unique co-advising system which offers the guidance and mentorship of both PM&R and internal medicine faculty. In addition, the track offers a broad exposure to the areas of internal medicine which relate to PM&R. In doing so, it helps augment the education of housestaff in order to prepare them for a future as a physiatrist.


The goal is to provide a well-rounded, one-year foundation in internal medicine for individuals preparing to enter the field of physiatry, in a challenging yet supportive environment. During this year of training, we strive to provide an experience in which each individual feels a part of the core team of internal medicine trainees.


  • Fully integrated in the program as an internal medicine trainee
  • Rotations designed to give breadth of training in internal medicine (in both ambulatory and inpatient settings)
  • Rotations designed to give experience in IM-specific areas pertinent to future roles as physiatrists
  • Parallel experiences to IM trainees
  • Expectations and standards that are consistent with IM trainees
  • Conferences, requirements, experiences
  • Core adviser in internal medicine as well as in PM&R
  • Primary difference in training from core IM trainees – no continuity clinic assignment

Advantages to VCU combined preliminary experience

  • Excellent, challenging training in a supportive, internationally recognized internal medicine training program
  • Training at same site for advanced program
  • Training with future colleagues
  • Focused preparation for future physiatry training
  • Beginning integration into advanced program (dual advising, invites to advanced program activities, participation in recruiting, etc.)
  • Full commitment from the Department of Internal Medicine leadership to your training as an advanced trainee

Sample schedule

Sample schedule (approximately 50% VA hospital, 50% VCU Health)

Block     Rotation Type of rotation
1. General Internal Medicine Wards Inpatient
2. Cardiology consults (one week vaction) Consult and lecture
3. Inpatient Hematology/oncology Inpatient
4. Emergency Medicine  ED
5. ICU - VA ICU Inpatient
6. General Internal Medicine Wards Inpatient
7. Night float (2 weeks) - vacation (2 weeks)     NF and vacation
8. Urgent ambulatory care - VA Ambulatory
9. General Internal Medicine Wards Inpatient
10. Rheumatology Combined consult and ambulatory
11. Palliative care/Medicine consults Combined inpatient consult
12. Night float/elective NF and consults
13. Endocrinology - inpatient diabetes/NF Consults and NF

Salary (2017-18)

  • PGY-1 – $53,745
  • PGY-2 – $55,244
  • PGY-3 – $57,233
  • PGY-4 – $59,466


  • Three weeks per year paid vacation leave
  • Administrative leave for conferences or courses


  • Life
  • Professional liability
  • Disability
  • Health and dental


  • AAPM&R dues annually
  • PM&R book allowance
  • Travel, registration and lodging to conferences
  • Clinic coats and laundry
  • Access to VCU sports facilities
  • Access to VCU on-site day care