Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency More and more people are living longer in our increasingly advanced society and they are faced with highly complex medical conditions. That's one reason physiatrists are becoming ever more important in the health care environment. In fact, Physiatry is one of the fastest-growing fields in medicine. Physiatrists care for people who are dealing with amputations, birth defects, brain injuries, burns, hip fractures, orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, strokes and other neurological diseases, sports injuries, trauma from an accident, and work-related injuries. Each of these medical conditions requires long-term rehabilitation and assistance from a dedicated team of health care professionals. Physiatrists make a difference in people's lives to improve function and quality of life. At the University of Rochester Medical Center, our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program trains its residents to acquire the essential knowledge and technical skills for rehabilitation and well-being of patients. We also prepare trainees to practice independently in a variety of settings. Our program promotes the development of their research interests, as well as their critical reasoning and administrative skills. From a personal standpoint, PM&R is a specialty that is quite compatible with family life.