Welcome from Program Director

At the University of Rochester Medical Center, we are dedicated to helping each and every trainee advance his or her career. Each trainee teams up with a faculty advisor and research mentor. In addition, they receive memberships in the leading, national PM&R associations, namely the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) and American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R). Residents also receive funds for books and costs related to Continuing Medical Education in PM&R and attendance at national academic meetings.

Few programs offer our style of structured teaching, in which residents also take part in teaching along with the faculty. Residents enjoy other unique learning opportunities, including a two-day course in Prosthetics and Orthotics (held locally), and a two-day Electrodiagnostics course held in Syracuse, New York. Our humanistic emphasis prepares each of our graduates to learn, teach and practice medicine with professionalism, compassion and discipline.

As a prospective resident, you should be aware that our excellent curriculum will prepare you for your board exams. In fact, 100 percent of our graduates have passed their board examinations. The curriculum, combined with faculty mentoring enables our residents to secure positions of their choice after graduation. These are among the reasons we attract more qualified applicants each year making entrance to our program more competitive.

I graduated from this program in 1979 and I have thrived here for more than three decades. Both URMC and the Rochester community have provided me with educational and cultural opportunities that have enriched my career and my life. My family and I are very pleased with the diversity and richness that Rochester offers. I’m confident that you will be, too.

Are you a match for our thriving program? If you are, we look forward to hearing from you!


K. Rao Poduri, M.D.
Department Chair, Residency Program Director and Medical Director
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Rochester Medical Center