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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:
Applicants should send an application form with the following to Program Manager Coretha Davis at cdavis@med.miami.edu.

  • C.V.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Deadline:
Applications are accepted beginning in July to September. Interviews are conducted from July to October.

Call Schedule

The call schedule consists of one week of night float.

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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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All fellowship applicants must have an active, training license or unrestricted license, to practice in Florida.

Postgraduate Training:
Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency in anesthesia; emergency medicine; family practice; general surgery; internal medicine; neurology; neurosurgery; orthopedics; pediatrics; plastic surgery; physical medicine and rehabilitation or urology.

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

Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship

Mission & Vision

To provide each fellow with the opportunity to achieve broad competence in all aspects of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by facilitating a positive educational and work environment that allows for an open exchange of ideas, so that upon graduation, each fellow can function independently as an excellent medical provider in any setting – academic or private – with the highest degree of confidence and proficiency. Fellows will equally embrace clinical and research training, with the ultimate goal of providing care to all by demonstrating accountability; compassion; expertise and respect.

Mission & Vision

To provide each fellow with the opportunity to achieve broad competence in all aspects of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by facilitating a positive educational and work environment that allows for an open exchange of ideas, so that upon graduation, each fellow can function independently as an excellent medical provider in any setting – academic or private – with the highest degree of confidence and proficiency. Fellows will equally embrace clinical and research training, with the ultimate goal of providing care to all by demonstrating accountability; compassion; expertise and respect.

Program Director’s Welcome

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is fortunate to have training opportunities with the South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and the Miami VA Healthcare System’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit. We are seeking bright, highly motivated and enthusiastic physicians who are excited to partake of this one year, ACGME-accredited fellowship program, exposing them to the full spectrum of SCI clinical management, including acute trauma, post-acute rehabilitation and translational research. We have appointed research-only faculty within the department with extensive research opportunities and a weekly SCI lecture series that is live streamed with other fellowship programs.

Fellows will teach PM&R residents and medical students, while training with the many disciplines that contribute to SCI care, including endocrinology, neuro-urology, neurosurgery, occupational therapy, orthopedics, physical therapy, plastic surgery, psychology, pulmonology, recreational therapy, social work and wound care. Fellows will also be encouraged to attend conferences and expositions, including those offered by the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals.

Program Director’s Welcome

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is fortunate to have training opportunities with the South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and the Miami VA Healthcare System’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit. We are seeking bright, highly motivated and enthusiastic physicians who are excited to partake of this one year, ACGME-accredited fellowship program, exposing them to the full spectrum of SCI clinical management, including acute trauma, post-acute rehabilitation and translational research. We have appointed research-only faculty within the department with extensive research opportunities and a weekly SCI lecture series that is live streamed with other fellowship programs.

Fellows will teach PM&R residents and medical students, while training with the many disciplines that contribute to SCI care, including endocrinology, neuro-urology, neurosurgery, occupational therapy, orthopedics, physical therapy, plastic surgery, psychology, pulmonology, recreational therapy, social work and wound care. Fellows will also be encouraged to attend conferences and expositions, including those offered by the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals.

Jackson Memorial Hospital rotations are housed in a state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility, the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. There will be a dedicated inpatient SCI service of 27, all-private suites with dedicated access to world-class therapy facilities and resources. All outpatient and research personnel for SCI will also be housed in the same facility. Through this University of Miami/Jackson Health System facility, our SCI patients will have access to all aspects of the campus’ resources, all under one roof, for the entire continuum of care.

The Miami VA Healthcare System’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit will also provide inpatient and outpatient training for our fellows, under the direction of Dr. Jasmine Martinez-Barrizonte, a former SCI fellow 2008 graduate. Numerous former graduates from our program have gone on to help train the next generation of SCI physiatrists as attendings at the Miami VA Healthcare System’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit.

We have graduated more than 20 fellows since starting the program in 2002. They all have received great job offers and are successful in their practices. We look forward to showing interested applicants more of what makes our program so special, and we thank you for your interest.

-David R. Gater, Jr., MD, PhD, MS

Description

The Miami VA Healthcare System’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit will also provide inpatient and outpatient training for our fellows, under the direction of Dr. Jasmine Martinez-Barrizonte, a former SCI fellow 2008 graduate. Numerous former graduates from our program have gone on to help train the next generation of SCI physiatrists as attendings at the Miami VA Healthcare System’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit.

We have graduated more than 20 fellows since starting the program in 2002. They all have received great job offers and are successful in their practices. We look forward to showing interested applicants more of what makes our program so special, and we thank you for your interest.

-David R. Gater, Jr., MD, PhD, MS

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Fellows per Year?

2

Duration of Fellowship?

1 year

Program Highlights

CARF-accredited, dedicated inpatient SCI service in state-of-the-art Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Hospital

Miami Project to Cure Paralysis research center & designated center of excellence

Accredited South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System with grant-funded research opportunities

Clinical Experience

Year 1

Training will be evenly divided into three-month blocks rotating at both Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Concurrently, the fellow is exposed to specialized outpatient clinics treating multiple sclerosis, musculoskeletal, spasticity and wound care, and can be tailored to the fellow’s clinical preferences.

The fellow will have a dedicated didactic program with lectures provided not only by PM&R faculty under the direction of the Fellowship Program Director Kevin Dalal, MD, but also research faculty at The Miami Project, as well as clinicians and research leaders in other University of Miami departments.

The fellow will also take a leadership role in educating residents and medical students/observers on the service as well as patients in the South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System’s Model System’s Post-Rehabilitation Educational Program and Resource Exchange “PREPARE” program, a didactic program set up to help patients maintain their knowledge base in the chronic phase of their recovery.

Research

The South Florida Spinal Cord Injury Model System in collaboration with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis provides innumerable opportunities for research pursuits within the framework of grant-funded research protocols.

Within the parameters of the department, the fellow is expected to participate in a research project of their choosing to be presented at a Research Day presentation at the time of graduation. Additionally, the fellow will be expected to conduct a quality improvement project, to be presented at the final Grand Rounds of the academic year. Historically, fellows are active on numerous other projects in addition to these requirements, and are valued contributors and presenters at national conferences, for which they receive institutional support.

Your Faculty

Junney Baeza-Dager, MD
Attending Physician, Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Miami VA Healthcare System

Kevin 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

Jasmine Martinez-Barrizonte, DO
Chief of Service, Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Miami VA Healthcare System

David Gater, 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

Alumni Placements Include:

Brooks Rehabilitation
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
Miami VA Healthcare System
University of Miami

Alumni Placements Include:

Brooks Rehabilitation
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
Miami VA Healthcare System
University of Miami