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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency (Minnesota)

Program Description

The impact of illness on function - the ability to move, communicate, care for oneself and work - is often just as important as the illness itself. When illness results in decreased function, the resulting disability can have a significant impact on every aspect of a patient's life.

Physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) know that the ability to function is the key to quality of life. These specialists, called physiatrists (fizz ee at' trists), are experts in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disabilities of all types and offer a holistic approach to patient care.

Working with an interdisciplinary team of experts in many fields - nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, psychology, social work and others - physiatrists strive to maximize each patient's function, quality of life and independence.

The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester prepares you to provide exceptional rehabilitative care for patients through training that offers clinical and research excellence. Through this residency, you can learn to help patients achieve their maximum functional capacity and highest quality of life.

The PM&R Residency will prepare you for a career in private practice, research or academic medicine. The program features:

  • A curriculum of didactic course work, inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences, laboratory training, research and elective time.
  • A learning environment that fosters the development of your clinical skills and academic abilities in all areas of rehabilitation medicine.
  • A balance between outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation experience, including subspecialty rehabilitation programs, electromyography, neurology and research.
  • Extensive EMG and musculoskeletal medicine training.
  • A large, varied patient population and close working relationships with a large staff of physiatrists.
  • The opportunity to form collegial relationships with internationally recognized experts in many related medical and surgical specialties.


The PM&R Residency Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


After completing the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, you will be eligible to take the certification examination offered by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

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Program History

Physiatrists at Mayo Clinic developed the PM&R Residency Program in 1936 with the first resident graduating three years later in 1939. Since then, more than 250 residents have completed this training program. It is anticipated that eight trainees will complete this residency each year.

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