Students work with members of Mayo's Section of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in an outpatient setting. Patients are evaluated by students and reviewed with a consultant. Appropriate diagnostic tests are ordered, and students are present for followup appointments. There also is an opportunity to learn the basics of ordering modalities and therapeutic exercise. Students may spend time with a physical or occupational therapist.
- Improve skill in directed neuromuscular and musculoskeletal examinations.
- Increase knowledge of rehabilitation principles in general and as they apply to specific diseases.
- Understand and be an active member of a rehabilitation team approach.
- Observe physical and occupational therapy treatment sessions.
Students evaluate two to four patients per day and are expected to attend the regularly scheduled PM&R conferences. In addition, students are encouraged to attend other regularly scheduled Mayo Clinic Scottsdale education programs, including CPC and neuroscience.
Method of evaluation
The staff physiatrists and/or SEC review students' performance at the end of the elective, using the students' medical school evaluation forms.