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Program Manager, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program
Coretha Davis
Phone: 305-585-1431
Email: cdavis@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
All of our positions are filled through the National Resident Matching Program. We do not offer out-of-match positions.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from September 15 until February 1. Interviews are conducted from mid-November to January.

Call Schedule

Call frequency varies based on year of training:

First Year (PGY 2): 18 calls
Second Year (PGY 3): five night-float blocks
Third Year (PGY 4): three night-float blocks

*Each night-float block consists of five days of covering only the night issues in the hospital from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., with call rooms and no daytime responsibilities except for Friday morning didactics. Night-float block will ultimately transition into a PGY-3 rotation.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 N.W. 16th Street

Miami, FL 33125

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Mount Sinai Medical Center

4300 Alton Road

Miami Beach, FL 33140

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Step 2 Clinical Skills prior to the start of the program, USMLE Step 3 must be completed prior to PGY-2.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of a successfully completed preliminary year in an ACGME-accredited program (medicine, transitional, pediatrics, surgery) prior to starting the three-year physical medicine and rehabilitation residency.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency

Mission & Vision

Our goal is to instruct and prepare compassionate physicians to practice independently in the specialty of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Physicians who will be lifelong learners and contribute significantly to the quality of life of their patients, the field and society at-large, by providing and promoting excellent whole-person care, quality teaching and evidence-based scholarship. We plan to do this in large part by providing a feeling of teamwork and cohesiveness amongst the group, in order to accomplish educational tasks at-hand and continued evolution throughout the program.

Residents will gain progressive clinical competence to practice the PM&R specialty independently as measured by achievement of graduation milestones in the competency areas of interpersonal and communication skills; medical knowledge; patient care; practice-based learning and improvement; professionalism and systems-based practice across a spectrum of ages, impairments and clinical settings. This includes proficiency with joint, soft tissue, ultrasound-guided, spine and spasticity injections and electrodiagnostic testing.

Mission & Vision

Our goal is to instruct and prepare compassionate physicians to practice independently in the specialty of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Physicians who will be lifelong learners and contribute significantly to the quality of life of their patients, the field and society at-large, by providing and promoting excellent whole-person care, quality teaching and evidence-based scholarship. We plan to do this in large part by providing a feeling of teamwork and cohesiveness amongst the group, in order to accomplish educational tasks at-hand and continued evolution throughout the program.

Residents will gain progressive clinical competence to practice the PM&R specialty independently as measured by achievement of graduation milestones in the competency areas of interpersonal and communication skills; medical knowledge; patient care; practice-based learning and improvement; professionalism and systems-based practice across a spectrum of ages, impairments and clinical settings. This includes proficiency with joint, soft tissue, ultrasound-guided, spine and spasticity injections and electrodiagnostic testing.

Program Director’s Welcome

On behalf of the entire Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our residency program.

This is a three-year, ACGME-accredited Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation training program offered through the University of Miami/Jackson Health System. Our task goes well beyond learning skills or acquiring knowledge providing experience in leadership, scholarship, health systems and communication. This residency program strives to provide education within a busy, diverse patient setting in a large university environment. Throughout the three-year PM&R training program, each resident will gain experience in both inpatient and outpatient environments. With time and experience, residents will develop the confidence to run team meetings, perform procedures and provide accurate diagnoses and PM&R treatments.

Regularly scheduled academic activities include: monthly journal clubs, case presentation rounds both on the inpatient units and consultative services, morbidity and mortality conferences, program director-led electromyography and musculoskeletal/spine case conferences, board review clubs, formal research training, weekly didactic sessions, ultrasound courses, manual medicine courses, neurotoxin injection courses, interventional spine injection courses and grand rounds. Our program encourages and compensates residents $500-$1000 for conference presentations and allows education days. There are also sports coverage opportunities at the Dolphins Cycling Challenge; international CrossFit competitions; Miami Heat Wheels events; U.S. Sailing Regatta events and more.

Through exposure to the full array of PM&R pathology and care, with progressive increases in responsibility, each resident will become a confident and competent independent PM&R provider prepared to enter any area of interest be it academic medicine; fellowship (including brain injury, cancer and spinal cord injury UM/Jackson Health System available fellowships) or private practice. Our program has an excellent history of matching into competitive specialties in all aspects of PM&R, including, but not limited to, cancer; pediatrics; spinal cord injury; sports and traumatic brain injury.

With so much to look forward to including a new, state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital, we are truly excited for the future of our program. With these advanced resources, residents have the opportunity to experience and practice with the latest treatments and technology, while being able to provide additional and enhanced services to the community. The emphasis will be to ensure the success of the PM&R department’s educational research and clinical missions, which includes housing a PM&R translational research institute in cooperation with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. This will open up close communications and opportunities for the residents to participate in projects with the clinical research team from TMP. Additionally, as the size of our presence increases, so too will our rehabilitative services with more faculty, providing unique exposures and opportunities for residents to learn.

While the residency program has so much to offer, in and of itself, living in South Florida even increases those offerings. With great weather year-round, beautiful beaches, endless sunshine and all the excitement of a big city, South Florida has so much to offer with many local or easily accessible recreational areas, including great city green spaces, the Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys. South Florida is a hub for flights to anywhere in the U.S., Europe, South America, Central America, as well as the Caribbean. The City of Miami has something for everyone with world-class cuisine, breweries, artistic neighborhoods, quiet family neighborhoods, Miami Beach, the University of Miami and many impressive professional and collegiate sports teams. We have a great program culture where residents balance work and play with many social events like sporting events, happy hours, holiday parties and lots of other team building get-togethers.

-Andrew L. Sherman, MD

Program Director’s Welcome

On behalf of the entire Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our residency program.

This is a three-year, ACGME-accredited Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation training program offered through the University of Miami/Jackson Health System. Our task goes well beyond learning skills or acquiring knowledge providing experience in leadership, scholarship, health systems and communication. This residency program strives to provide education within a busy, diverse patient setting in a large university environment. Throughout the three-year PM&R training program, each resident will gain experience in both inpatient and outpatient environments. With time and experience, residents will develop the confidence to run team meetings, perform procedures and provide accurate diagnoses and PM&R treatments.

Regularly scheduled academic activities include: monthly journal clubs, case presentation rounds both on the inpatient units and consultative services, morbidity and mortality conferences, program director-led electromyography and musculoskeletal/spine case conferences, board review clubs, formal research training, weekly didactic sessions, ultrasound courses, manual medicine courses, neurotoxin injection courses, interventional spine injection courses and grand rounds. Our program encourages and compensates residents $500-$1000 for conference presentations and allows education days. There are also sports coverage opportunities at the Dolphins Cycling Challenge; international CrossFit competitions; Miami Heat Wheels events; U.S. Sailing Regatta events and more.

Through exposure to the full array of PM&R pathology and care, with progressive increases in responsibility, each resident will become a confident and competent independent PM&R provider prepared to enter any area of interest be it academic medicine; fellowship (including brain injury, cancer and spinal cord injury UM/Jackson Health System available fellowships) or private practice. Our program has an excellent history of matching into competitive specialties in all aspects of PM&R, including, but not limited to, cancer; pediatrics; spinal cord injury; sports and traumatic brain injury.

With so much to look forward to including a new, state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospital, we are truly excited for the future of our program. With these advanced resources, residents have the opportunity to experience and practice with the latest treatments and technology, while being able to provide additional and enhanced services to the community. The emphasis will be to ensure the success of the PM&R department’s educational research and clinical missions, which includes housing a PM&R translational research institute in cooperation with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. This will open up close communications and opportunities for the residents to participate in projects with the clinical research team from TMP. Additionally, as the size of our presence increases, so too will our rehabilitative services with more faculty, providing unique exposures and opportunities for residents to learn.

While the residency program has so much to offer, in and of itself, living in South Florida even increases those offerings. With great weather year-round, beautiful beaches, endless sunshine and all the excitement of a big city, South Florida has so much to offer with many local or easily accessible recreational areas, including great city green spaces, the Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys. South Florida is a hub for flights to anywhere in the U.S., Europe, South America, Central America, as well as the Caribbean. The City of Miami has something for everyone with world-class cuisine, breweries, artistic neighborhoods, quiet family neighborhoods, Miami Beach, the University of Miami and many impressive professional and collegiate sports teams. We have a great program culture where residents balance work and play with many social events like sporting events, happy hours, holiday parties and lots of other team building get-togethers.

-Andrew L. Sherman, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Residents per Year?

8
(Advanced Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residents)

Duration of Residency?

3 years

Program Highlights

No call beyond PGY-2 & 4 weeks of elective anywhere in the world (as early as PGY-3)

1:1 resident to attending ratio & extensive procedure experience (at least 250 EMGs; 200 peripheral joint injections; 100 axial spine injections; 80 Botox injections & 50 ultrasound-guided injections)

State-of-the-art rehabilitation facility with an activity garden; aquatic center; transition apartments & real-world mobility training

Program Curriculum

Year 1 (PGY-2)

The first year (PGY-2) of the PM&R Residency Program consists of the following rotations in six to seven week blocks: spinal cord injury; traumatic brain injury; comprehensive rehabilitation; NeuroRehab; VA outpatient (MSK and EMGs) and VA inpatient (Comprehensive, SCI).

Year 2 (PGY-3)

The second year (PGY-3) of the PM&R Residency Program consists of the following rotations in six to seven week blocks: MSK/sports/spine outpatient; *pediatrics/elective/selective; Mount Sinai inpatient/consults; VA outpatient MSK a.m./Research p.m.; VA EMG/outpatient MSK and Jackson Memorial Hospitalconsults.

Year 3 (PGY-4)

The third year (PGY-4) of the PM&R Residency Program consists of the following rotations in six to seven week blocks: Jackson Memorial Hospitalsenior, UHealth Tower/University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility consults; pediatrics/elective/selective; UHealth Tower/University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility EMG/MSK; Jackson Memorial Hospital consults and VA pain.

*Four weeks of electives can be done anywhere in the world.

Lectures

Education is a high priority in the residency program. All residents have protected, uninterrupted lecture time one-half day per week. The didactic course series is formulated ahead of time by the program director and sequentially covers the necessary material for specialty board exams and comprehensive PM&R knowledge. This is protected time without any other responsibility focus areas so that you can learn from a diverse group of lecturers.

The lecture series includes but is not limited to: Weiss Q&A, Prosthetics/Orthotics; Electrodiagnostics; Anatomy & Kinesiology (including Cadaver Prosection Laboratory); Physical Examination; Therapeutic Modalities; Medical Rehabilitation; Principles of Neurologic, Cardiopulmonary, Musculoskeletal and Pain Rehabilitation; Manual Medicine; Neurotrauma and Pediatric Rehabilitation.

There are weekly Board Review Lectures and a Self-Assessment Examination Review Question Lecture Series. This consists of a summary of weekly assigned reading, followed by group board review questions, often proctored by clinical faculty.

Lectures are supplemented by regularly scheduled academic discussions and activities including monthly journal clubs; case presentation rounds on inpatient, outpatient and consultative services; morbidity and mortality conferences; program director case conferences; formal research training through a course presented by the University of Miami and grand rounds.

Conferences

We also make use of the plentiful resources at the University of Miami through interdisciplinary conferences including spine conferences; neuroradiology conferences; anatomy courses with prosection laboratory; neurosurgery grand rounds; orthopedic surgery grand rounds; pain fellowship conferences and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis lectures.

Courses

We offer a state-of-the-art intensive monthly ultrasound course consisting of an hour-long lecture followed by a practical lab with three ultrasound machines and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination led by experienced musculoskeletal medicine physicians who use ultrasound in their everyday practice. Each resident will be proficient at evaluating a patient with the use of ultrasound in the areas of: shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle. Residents also have access to ultrasound machines available for use in clinics and the resident lounge for informal learning, study and to examine patients.

We also offer a hands-on interventional spine course consisting of didactic sessions followed by a practical session. The practical consists of actual injection practice with a C-arm on one of two, lifelike mannequins.

Mock Oral Exam Program

All residents also participate in a mock oral exam program in preparation for boards. As part of the program, each resident is required to complete mock sessions that are held throughout the year.

Your Faculty

Kevin L. Dalal, MD
Associate Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program
Assistant Professor, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Inpatient Unit, Jackson Memorial Hospital

Elizabeth Roy Felix, PhD
Research Associate Professor

David R. Gater, Jr., MD, PhD, MS
Co-Director, NIDILRR South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Director, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship Program
Medical Director of Rehabilitation, Jackson Memorial Hospital
Professor and Chair

Elba Yesi Gerena-Maldonado, MD
Assistant Professor

Gemayaret Alvarez Gonzalez, MD
Assistant Professor

Laura Y. Huang, MD
Assistant Professor

Douglas E. Johnson-Greene, PhD, MPH, ABPP
Professor and Associate Vice Chair

Seema R. Khurana, DO
Assistant Professor

Diana Molinares, MD
Assistant Professor

Chanë N. Price, MD, MBS
Assistant Professor

Lauren T. Shapiro, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor

Andrew L. Sherman, MD
Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program

Timothy K. Tiu, MD
Assistant Professor

Alumni Placements Include:

Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bakersfield
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami
Indiana University
Loma Linda University
Memorial Regional Hospital
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Orlando VA Medical Center
Syracuse University
The State University of New York Upstate Medical University
University of Miami

Alumni Placements Include:

Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bakersfield
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami
Indiana University
Loma Linda University
Memorial Regional Hospital
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Orlando VA Medical Center
Syracuse University
The State University of New York Upstate Medical University
University of Miami