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Electives - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Neuro-Rehabilitation

Elective Number: 3701 (lottery)

Rotation Supervisors: Dr. Paul T. Diamond

Coordinator: Joanne Palmer

Evaluation should be given to: Dr. Diamond

Available: Rotations 1-4a, 11 & 12 (SMD20)

Duration: 2 weeks

Report to: Dr. Diamond's Resident

Time to Report: 8:00 am

Place to Report: UVA-Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, 2nd Floor nurses station.

Typical day: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: 1

Course Description: The rehabilitation hospital includes specialized programs for persons with stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury, and multiple trauma/general orthopaedic conditions. Patients are managed by a multidisciplinary rehabilitation team which includes physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, case managers, a nutritionist, neuropsychologist and rehabilitation nurse specialists. Students opting for a clinical elective in neurorehabilitation work closely with all members of the rehabilitation team and are exposed to a variety of specialized neurorehabilitation techniques and equipment including tpartial body-weight supported gait training, Bioness H200, Bioness L300, Saeboflex and robotic therapy (Reo Therapy). Students begin to develop the necessary skills to effectively care for patients with newrological impairments, establish treatment goadls and manage their rehavilitative care. Students attend the regularly scheduled noon didactics program daily. No weekend or on call duty is required.

Goals and objectives:

  • To learn about the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • To learn how to assess patients with newly acquired neurological impairments, including stroke, traumatic brain injury and multiple schlerosis and prescribe a rehabilitation program geared toward optimizing functional recovery.
  • To develop skills in working with and managing an interdisciplinary team of therapists and other health care professionals within the rehabilitation setting.
  • To gain exposure to a variety of specialized neurorehabilitation techniques.
  • To become familiar with commonly used functional assessment measures and methods for predicting recovery and functional outcome. 

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