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About the Program

What our residents say...

"My absolute favorite part of URMC PMR residency are the people- our supportive co-residents, bright nurses, our caring program director and chair, and our wonderful program coordinator, Ms. Cathy! These people have become family and easily made Rochester our home. "

Saumya Aujla


Dr. Odom teaching
  • 4-year categorical program (PGY1-PGY4) with a built-in PGY1 year that is designed towards a career in PM&R
  • Highly trained and specialized faculty (eg. Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke & Other Neurologic Disorders, Interventional Spine, Musculoskeletal Medicine & Ultrasound-guided procedures, Sports Medicine, Adult & Pediatric Spasticity management, Electrodiagnostics, and Prosthetics/Orthotics/Amputation management)
  • Extensive training in diagnostic and interventional procedures including interventional spine procedures, ultrasound guided injections, injections for spasticity management, baclofen pump management, and nerve conduction and needle electromyography (EMG)

Educational Benefits

  • Annual educational allowance for books/question banksResidents at presentation
  • Memberships to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) and the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP)
  • Five conference days and a conference budget during PGY2, PGY3 and PGY4 to attend educational conferences relevant to PM&R
  • Attendance at a national week long Board Review Course for seniors

Research and Didactics

  • Fostering and support of research, including a one-month research elective
  • Mentorship for residents including an individual faculty advisor and research mentorInjection Workshop
  • Protected didactic time for 4 hours every Thursday morning
  • 18-month rotating curriculum. Yearly review of anatomy and physical exams.  Workshops including ultrasound/injection and electrodiagnostics (EMG).


  • Generous elective time
  • Home call
  • Diverse patient population
  • Participation in continuity clinics

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

CC Building D

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.

At SMH, our 20-bed rehabilitation unit is comprised of single and double rooms, and updated therapeutic facilities and equipment for both adult and pediatric patients. Our facility is the only CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) – accredited Spinal Cord System of Care in the upstate New York region.

PM&R residents spend the majority of their time at SMH and its outpatient locations – including Clinton Crossings, a state-of-the-art outpatient setting offering on-site diagnostic imaging, including X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. Additionally, residents participate in rotations at our sister facilities: the Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Golisano Restorative Neurology & Rehabilitation Center, and the Highlands at Brighton (HAB), all located within easy driving distance from Strong.

SCI Health Fair

There are ample opportunities for residents to participate in volunteer activities, including the annual departmental sponsored SCI Health Fair.

SCI Health Fair