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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

Elective Number: 3707 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisors: Dr. Geoffrey Smith

Coordinator: Julie Abbott-Haynes (jaa6w@virginia.edu)

Duration: 2 weeks

Available: contact Julie Abbott-Haynes for available dates & to schedule

Report to: Dr. Smith's resident

Time to Report: 8:00 am

Place to Report: UVA HealthSouth Rehab Hospital, 3rd 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:

Course Description: Goal: Through exposure to individuals with spinal cord injury in an inpatient rehabilitation setting, a student will develop knowledge and appreciation for the unique medical problems and challenges associated with the rehabilitation process.

Skills: Comprehensive rehabilitation assessment will be emphasized. Students will also have an opportunity to actively participate in the rehabilitation of individuals with other diagnoses on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Exposure to spasticity management through botulinum toxin and outpatient musculoskeletal care are also possible.  

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