Residency program

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Jenny Salomonsky
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