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Education and Teaching

What our residents say...

"What brought me to Strong was the sense that residents were never caught up in the "daily work grind". There was a strong emphasis on resident wellness. Since being here, each day at work has felt meaningful and even when we come home we have time to work on ourselves."

Vik Kadaba

We have an 18-month rotating didactic curriculum, with courses covering the topics listed in the Part I and Part II Certification Outlines from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Each course concludes with an in-house examination to allow residents to demonstrate the information they learned. These methods of teaching help to prepare our residents for their board examinations and careers.


Our didactic schedule involves lectures every Thursday morning from 8am-noon. This is protected time for resident education. 

  • Yearly review of Anatomy and Physical Examination
  • Workshops: Ultrasound, Injection, EMG modules (hands on training)
  • Resident Seminars (evidence-based grand rounds-type lecture)
  • Resident led: Case reports (PGY3-4), Board question review
  • Morbidity and Mortality reviews with Quality Improvement discussions
  • Program Director Meetings monthly
  • Journal Club approximately monthly
  • Grand Rounds
  • Quizzes and Quiz Reviews
  • Resident Research Day held twice yearly (residents present their QI projects, research progress, and research ideas and receive faculty feedback)
  • Mock Oral Exams twice yearly, to prepare residents for Part II PM&R boards
  • Rotating courses (as below)

Courses in 18-month Didactic Curriculum

  • Musculoskeletal, Sports Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Spine
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Pain
  • Ultrasound (diagnostic and injection workshop)
  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Therapeutic Exercise & Modalities
  • Medical Rehabilitation (Cardiac and Pulmonary, Lymphedema, End of Life, Transplant, Oncology, Burn Rehab)
  • Prosthetics & Orthotics
  • Neurologic/Neuromuscular
  • Electrodiagnostics (EMG)

Medical Students

  • SCOPE : “Skills in Complete Physical Examination” is a course for 1st year medical students at the University of Rochester. The PM&R department including residents and attendings participate in this yearly course to teach a PM&R-based history and patient evaluation to 1st year medical students.
  • The University of Rochester offers an elective rotation in PM&R for 3rd and 4th year medical students (including local and visiting medical students).  This provides the opportunity for medical students to rotate through inpatient and outpatient PM&R sites at the University of Rochester.

Resident at poster session