PM&R residents have the opportunity to participate in structured, supervised research with PM&R faculty, as well as collaborate with faculty from other departments and institutions. In fact, it is a requirement for graduation from the PM&R residency program to successfully complete a final research or clinical case study report which is approved by the physician advisor, the Research Committee and the Department Chair. Each of our residents have completed research projects in various topics, including the effectiveness of different styles of didactic teaching, biphosphonate therapy for osteoporosis, and neurogenic cramp disorder misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia, to name a few. Most of our residents present their research at national PM&R meetings. In addition, Dr. Marcia Scherer provides residents with manuscripts to review that are submitted to the journal Disability and Rehabilitation to teach research design and the review process. She and other faculty facilitate residents’ evaluation of the manuscripts.
Each year in June we hold a Research Day event where every resident has the opportunity to present his or her research to the faculty and their peers. We enrich this experience for the residents by inviting nationally known visiting PM&R faculty who are active in research to attend our Research Day. The visiting faculty give the residents valuable constructive feedback regarding their research endeavors.