The VCU PM&R residency program creates a well-structured mix of inpatient and outpatient rotations that allow residents an experience that builds autonomy and confidence in the management of patients.

YearServiceMonthsType of rotations
PGY2 Inpatient 6 SCI, General Rehab, Stroke
PGY2 Outpatient 6 MSK, Pain, Polytrauma/TBI
PGY3 Inpatient 4 TBI, SCI
PGY3 Outpatient 6 Peds, Sports Med, Pain, P&O, EMG
PGY3 Consults 2  
PGY4 Inpatient 2 Polytrauma/TBI
PGY4 Outpatient 8 MSK, EMG, Pain, P&O
PGY4 Elective 2  


The VCU PM&R residency program believes in structured and comprehensive didactic training. All residents participate in Friday morning didactics that includes two hours of faculty presentations and one hour of departmental Grand Rounds. Additionally, residents at VCU or at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center rotations participate in a weekly noontime presentation. During most rotations, residents are provided 1:1 faculty/resident lectures that enhance the learning objectives.

Weekly didactic lecture

  • Tuesday (VAMC) – Musculoskeletal, ultrasound, anatomy & EMG  
  • Wednesday (VAMC) – Pain Grand Rounds, EMG, Journal Club
  • Thursday (VCU) – PM&R and board review lecture series
  • Friday (all residents)
  •     7-8 a.m. faculty lectures
  •     8-9 a.m. Grand Rounds
  •     9-10 a.m. faculty lecture/case presentations/QI&PS/Journal Club
  • Additional weekly one-to-one (faculty-to-resident) lectures on most rotations

Didactic lecture topics

  • Functional anatomy
  • Physical therapeutics
  • Rehabilitation of brain disorders
  • Rehabilitation of spinal cord injury
  • Rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Rehabilitation of muscle and nerve disorders
  • Sports medicine
  • Electrodiagnosis
  • Pediatric rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation of connective tissue disorders
  • Cancer, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Pain management and rehabilitation
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Business administration

Call schedule

VCU PM&R residents provide first call at both VCU Health and McGuire VA Medical Center. Call during the PGY2 year requires the resident to be present at VCU Health from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. After 9 p.m., the resident should take the remainder of call (9 p.m. until 8 a.m.) from home. During the PGY3 and PGY4 years, residents take call from home between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.

  • PGY2: Call approximately every sixth night for VCU Health
  • PGY3: Home call weekly, approximately every six weeks for McGuire VA Medical Center
  • PGY4: Home call weekly, approximately every ten weeks for McGuire VA Medical Center