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Education / Graduate Medical Education / Prospective Fellows / PM&R Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship Program

PM&R Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship Program

The URMC PM&R Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship Program is a 12-month outpatient clinical experience designed to provide an in-depth exposure to the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions.

Through collaboration with the Department of Orthopaedics, the fellow will develop a deep understanding of nonsurgical management of musculoskeletal disorders, as well as an appreciation for appropriate surgical referrals. Extensive training in interventional and diagnostic ultrasound is included.

Program highlights include weekly sessions of attending-supervised ultrasound guided procedures with progressive hands-on experience throughout the year, month-long rotations through PM&R,​ orthopaedic subspecialties, and rheumatology, flexible curriculum with electives/selectives to facilitate a personalized experience.

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Fellowship Overview

Dr. Odom teaching

The URMC PM&R Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship Program is a 12-month outpatient clinical experience designed to provide an in-depth exposure to the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions. The PM&R Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship program is primarily focused on non-spine disorders, but there are opportunities to rotate with spine faculty as well. Extensive training in interventional and diagnostic ultrasound is included.

Fellowship Objectives

The goal of the PM&R Musuloskeletal Medicine Fellowship program at University of Rochester Medical Center is to prepare the fellow for advanced diagnostic evaluation and management of patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain. We offer a comprehensive training program to expose fellows to patients with a myriad of musculoskeletal disorders. Trainees will gain hands-on exposure to expand differential diagnosis for each musculoskeletal body region, improve orthopaedic physical exam skills, develop an efficient diagnostic and treatment plan, including appropriate imaging and selection of targeted injections, develop technical proficiency in performing ultrasound guided interventions under the direct supervision of attending, develop proficiency in the interpretation of radiography, MRI, and Musuloskeletal ultrasound, develop proficiency in appropriate physical therapy prescription and communication with physical therapists, understand indications for surgical referral, learn to effectively manage a high-volume Musuloskeletal clinic both independently and with attending supervision, learn to promptly and efficiently manage patient inquiries, and participate in resident education.

The fellow will have the opportunity to provide patient care in our multidisciplinary spine clinics and PM&R clinics. Trainees will collaborate with fellowship-trained interventional PM&R pain specialists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, and sports medicine-trained physiatrists. We also provide exposure to didactic lecture series, grand rounds, and journal clubs, as well as teaching and research opportunities within the field of spine and musculoskeletal medicine. Our mission is to provide mentorship and training to the next generation of leaders in the field.

Fellowship Rotations

Fellows will gain expertise in the evaluation and management of patients with a variety of hands-on exposure in PM&R Musuloskeletal clinic (typically the first month), adult reconstruction (hip and knee arthroplasty), orthopaedic foot and ankle, orthopaedic hand and upper extremity, orthopaedic sports surgery, primary care sports medicine, orthopaedic and PM&R spine, rheumatology, and lastly electives/selectives at the discretion of the fellowship director.

Focus on Wellness

  • Strong focus on resident wellness with ample wellness, team building and social events. The University of Rochester also has an award winning health and wellness program.
  • Close-knit program with a family-friendly atmosphere

Our Facilities

SMH Main Entrance

Strong Memorial Hospital

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Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Clinton Crossings

The University of Rochester Medical Center's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program is sponsored by Strong Memorial Hospital (SMH)—a 886-bed, Level I trauma center that serves as URMC's main teaching hospital. The hospital is a tertiary and quaternary care referral center for upstate New York, as well as a bone marrow, cardiac, liver, and renal transplant center. It is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCH) and has been named one of America's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Fellowship Curriculum

The fellow will have the opportunity to provide patient care in our multidisciplinary spine clinics and PM&R clinics. Trainees will collaborate with fellowship-trained interventional PM&R pain specialists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, and sports medicine-trained physiatrists. We also provide exposure to month-long rotations through PM&R,​ orthopaedic subspecialties, and rheumatology. Fellows will also be provided with the following: weekly sessions of attending-supervised ultrasound guided procedures with progressive hands-on experience throughout the year, independent Musuloskeletal fellow clinic, attendance at appropriate didactics in PM&R, orthopaedics, and/or rheumatology, grand rounds, resident education as well as a Scholarly project which could include a research study, case report, or quality improvement project, with the goal of publication or presentation at a national conference.

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What Sets Us Apart

Flexible Curriculum

In addition to core rotations, the PM&R fellow can choose from electives including Musculoskeletal radiology, EMG, pain medicine,  research, or they can choose to repeat one of the core rotations.

Research and Mentoring

The PM&R fellow will have the opportunity to participate in structured, supervised research with PM&R faculty, or collaborate with faculty from other departments and institutions.

Life of a URMC Fellow

Our emphasis on work/life balance is an important reason PM&R fellows choose URMC. A focus on trainees’ well-being enables you to learn and thrive in Rochester.