Rehab Medicine Residency First Year Rotations

Inpatient Rehabilitation

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
Duration: 1.5 months

One first-year resident (and one second-year resident) are assigned to the 16-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit under the supervision of attending physicians in Rehabilitation Medicine.  The residents assume primary medical responsibility for the patients assigned to them, taking advantage of the knowledge of their fellow team members, as well as consultant physicians.  The resident leads a team that includes the physical therapist, occupational therapist, social worker, recreational therapist, speech therapist, and rehabilitation nurse.  Bedside attending rounds, residents also take part in daily team rounds, didactic teaching sessions, and specialty rounds.  The patients have a wide range of diagnoses, including neuropathy, lung transplant, heart transplant, amputation, joint replacement, fracture, stroke, myopathy, and spinal cord injury.  Residents also are involved in the administrative aspects of unit management.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Duration: 3.0 months

Two first-year residents are assigned to the 22-bed inpatient Rehabilitation Unit under the supervision of attending physicians in Rehabilitation Medicine.  The resident’s role is similar to the NYPH Columbia inpatient rotation above.

Outpatient Rehabilitation

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Duration: 3.0 months

This outpatient rotation provides the opportunity for residents to treat patients with a wide range of medical diagnoses that require comprehensive rehabilitation services, including training in a multitude of injection techniques used in physiatric practice.  Supervision is provided by attending physiatrists in an outpatient setting.  Residents treat patients in both private practice and a clinic setting. Specialized clinics include the Spasticity/Botox Clinic and the Wheelchair Clinic.  Inpatient consultations and electrodiagnostic exposure is also part of this rotation.

Outpatient Rehabilitation and Consultation

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Duration: 1.5 months

This rotation provides both outpatient and consultation experience with pediatric and adult patients with a large array of neurological and musculoskeletal side effects of cancer and its treatment.  This also encompasses amputations, limb salvage procedures, lymphedema, and connective tissue disorders associated with malignancy.  Residents provide physiatric evaluation and consultative treatment for both hospitalized patients and outpatients under the supervision of an attending physiatrist.  Junior residents also begin their experience in the electrodiagnostic laboratory.

Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation

Blythedale Children's Hospital
Duration: 1.5 months

Blythedale encompasses inpatient services, day hospital, and outpatient services. Residents care for pediatric inpatients under the supervision of pediatric physiatrists.  Residents participate in the care of infants, children, and adolescents with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, and a variety of other neurological and orthopedic disorders.  Opportunities to provide pediatric electrodiagnostic studies are available.  There also is exposure to the onsite school for disabled children.

Inpatient Rehabilitation SCI

Helen Hayes Hospital
Duration: 1.5 months

Helen Hayes Hospital is a freestanding state-owned rehabilitation hospital in West Haverstraw, NY.  It is recognized as a center of innovation and is one of the nation’s most dynamic and progressive rehabilitation facilities.  This rotation is based on the spinal cord injury unit.  Residents have progressive responsibility in diagnosing, assessing and managing commonly encountered conditions of patients of all ages with congenital or acquired spinal cord disorders.



Cindy Volack, MPA
Residency Manager

Residency Training Program
Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine
Harkness Pavilion 1st floor, Rm 167
180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10032

Phone: 212-305-8592
Fax: 212-305-4258