A Message From Our Department Chair
Residency training programs are the glue that brings together the best of clinical care, research, and teaching in any academic setting. Service as educators and role models elevates the competence and professionalism of staff physicians. Working with bright and innovative young minds prompts us to re-examine our beliefs, approaches, and processes; in summary, it improves the environment of care for our patients.
In 2019 we celebrate a milestone year, as our first class of Cleveland Clinic residents in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is graduating. Our residents joined over 1,500 trainees within the entire Cleveland Clinic health system, encompassing 65 different accredited residency programs and over 100 different graduate fellowship programs.
Under the leadership of former Department Chair Dr. Frederick Frost, recently retired, and of Dr. John Lee, Residency Program Director, and thanks to the dedication of our faculty, the Cleveland Clinic PM&R residency program has met and exceeded expectations. Our trainees have participated in a variety of inpatient and outpatient experiences, in addition to being exposed to care quality, research, and ethical issues specific to our specialty. They have also presented at national and international rehabilitation meetings.
Our innovative training program benefits from the outstanding environment provided by the Cleveland Clinic, the variety of interests and specializations within our clinical faculty, the involvement of an outstanding group of rehabilitation researchers, our partnership with Select Medical which brought us 3 state-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and the support of our local colleagues at MetroHealth Medical Center and at the Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Hospital.
We look forward to welcoming our new promotion of residents this summer, and to witnessing the accomplishments of our former trainees as they embark on their professional journey.
The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program offer a three-year ACGME accredited residency. Each year will consist of two residents from PGY 2-4. Applicants will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Inpatient rotations are at three inpatient rehabilitation units of the Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospitals (Main Campus, Avon, Beachwood), at MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio (for SCI and TBI) and at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center (for SCI). Inpatient PM&R Inpatient Consultations will be at the Main Campus of the Cleveland Clinic.
Outpatient rotations are at the Main Campus of the Cleveland Clinic, various Cleveland Clinic Family Health Centers throughout Cleveland and at the Cleveland VA Medical Center (Amputee care). The Pediatric inpatient and outpatient rotations will be at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Rehab Hospital.
Electrodiagnostic training will be taught in partnership with the Neuromuscular Center with the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Neurology and includes a month of dedicated didactic series covering basic clinical neurophysiology, EMG, NCS, neuromuscular anatomy, clinical disorders, and neuromuscular histopathology.
The PM&R core didactic series is in collaboration with the Case Western Reserve University/ MetroHealth PM&R program and is an 18 month cycle, three hours per week. There will be additional sessions of Grand Rounds in PM&R and Spine Medicine, Journal Club, Morbidity and Mortality Rounds, MSK Ultrasound Series/ Workshop, and Sports Medicine Conference at Cleveland Clinic facilities.
Francois Bethoux, MD
We only accept applications submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the “all-in” policy which requires all positions within a participating program to be filled by the match. We are unable to offer positions outside of the match.
All candidates must be able to come to Cleveland to be interviewed.
Prior to commencing our residency program, you must have successfully completed 12 months of either ACGME-accredited education in fundamental clinical skills in a residency program located in the U.S. or RCPSC-accredited education in fundamental clinical skills in a residency program located in Canada.International Medical Graduates must also meet the following qualifications:
- ECFMG certification
- Passing all parts of the USMLE (Step 1, 2CK and 2CS) or COMLEX (Level 1 and 2)
- Cleveland Clinic supports J-1 and H-1B visas if all GME requirements are met
Important Dates for the 2019-20 Interview Season:
- September 15: Applicants begin applying to ACGME-accredited residency programs
- Interviews at the Cleveland Clinic will be held October-December
- March 20: Match day
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First Year of PM&R Residency (PGY-2)
The majority of this year (8 months) is in the inpatient rehab units: General Rehab and Stroke Rehab at Cleveland Clinic Rehab Hospitals at Main Campus, Avon and Beachwood, SC and TBI at MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio and Cleveland. 2 months will be outpatient clinics and 2 months will be Hospital Consults at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.
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Didactic Series (1/2 Thursdays AM)
Second Year of PM&R Residency (PGY-3)
The PGY-3 year consist of 4 months of Electrodiagnosis, which includes a 1 month lecture series, in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic Neurology Department, 2 months of Pediatric Rehab at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Rehab Hospital, 2 months of outpatient clinics and 2 months of inpatient rehab.
Weekly Longitudinal Clinic (1/2 day per week)
Third Year of PM&R Residency (PGY-4)
The final year of residency consists mainly of outpatient clinics (8 months), 3 months of inpatient rehab and 1 elective month.
Weekly Longitudinal Clinic (1/2 day per week)
Key Outpatient Rotations:
General PMR, Sports Medicine/ MSK, Interventional Pain, Spasticity, Spine, Geriatrics, Chronic Pain Rehab Program, Prosthetics and & Orthotics.Training Sites
- Cleveland Clinic
- Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital at Avon
- Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital at Beachwood
- Cleveland Clinic Children’s Rehab Hospital
- Cleveland Clinic Family Health Centers
- MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio
- Cleveland VAMC
Emily Chen, MD
Medical School: Ohio State University
Rachel Retallick, DO
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Roozbeh Ahmadi, MD, MS
Medical School: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Graduate School: Tufts University
Ali Esfahani, MD, MBA
Medical School: University of Toledo
Graduate School: University of Toledo
Adam Abraham, MD
Medical School: University of Toledo
Branden King, DO, MA
Medical School: Ohio University
Graduate School: University of Dayton
Residents are highly encouraged to produce a peer reviewed publication, research project, or engage in an in-depth scholarly activity during the residency program with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Residents are encouraged to present their research at national meetings and will be reimbursed for travel to any meeting in which they are the primary author of research accepted for presentation. The Department of PM&R and the Neurological Institute will also reimburse for one attendance-only meeting, at a major national meeting in the resident’s final year of training if they have not had the opportunity to attend a previous meeting. All residents are required to participate in the mandatory NI core conference series in statistics, trial design and publications as preparation for their scholarly activity in research.
Resident Life & Benefits
A comprehensive description of resident benefits can be found with Cleveland Clinic's Graduate Medical Education Department.
Salary Rate Sheet
Please refer to the table below for new salary rates, effective April 1, 2019:
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The Cleveland Clinic Health Insurance Plan is available at minimal cost to you and your eligible dependents. Free on-campus gym membership, Weight Watcher and Curves membership are included with the Cleveland Clinic Health Insurance Plan. Other plans are also available.
Prescription drug benefits are determined by the health plan chosen. All health plans have a deductible, co-pay or both for prescription medication.
Dental Care Plan
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation offers a choice of three plans provided at minimal cost to you and your eligible dependents.
The EyeMed Vision Care Program is available at minimal cost to you and your eligible dependents. This plan is a materials-only plan which provides savings on prescription eyewear. (Note: routine eye exams are covered through your health plan).
Flexible Spending Accounts
The BeneFlex Plan offers two Flexible Spending Accounts that can help you save money on out-of-pocket healthcare costs and on the cost of providing dependent day care:
- one for qualified medical expenses not covered by the Health, Dental and Vision programs
- one for qualified dependent/child care expenses
You can use the accounts to set aside pre-tax pay to reimburse yourself for qualified expenses incurred during the calendar year.
(LONG TERM) If you meet eligibility requirements to receive benefits from the Long Term Disability (LTD) Program, the LTD benefit is paid for by Cleveland Clinic and replaces 70% of your base pay, for up to $3,000 per month.
Cleveland Clinic provides malpractice insurance coverage to you, at no cost, while you work within the confines of your training program. Tail coverage is included.
Cleveland Clinic provides no-cost term life insurance coverage of $25,000.
Interest-free loans for up to $2,400 per year are available to you through the GME Department.
- Vacation: 3 weeks (15 paid working days) per academic year.
- Paid Personal Days: 5 personal days per academic year. Personal days are to be used for taking board or USMLE exams, when too ill to work, or as interview days.
- Maternity: 6 weeks paid leave for natural childbirth or adoption; 8 weeks paid leave for cesarean section per academic year. An additional 6 weeks of unpaid leave can be taken under the FMLA for up to a maximum of 12 weeks.
- Paternity: 2 weeks (10 working days) paid leave per academic year. An additional unpaid leave can be taken under the FMLA for up to a maximum of 12 weeks.
- The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): entitles all employees up to 12 weeks off, unpaid, after one year of employment. Refer to the Graduate Physicians Manual provided by our GME Department for further information.
Note: Due to specialty Board requirements, if a leave of absence is taken during your training program, your training may be extended to make up part or all of your leave time prior to completion of the training program.
Senior residents are permitted to moonlight with approval by the Program Director.
The 30,000 square foot library facility offers the following services: reference assistance, Medline searches, electronic resources (may also be available from outside the library) and a Learning Resource Center (audiovisual materials, computers, Interlibrary Loans and self-service photocopying.)
Research and Away Conference Sponsorship
Each resident is required to have an academic project presented in the form of a grand rounds, poster or oral platform presentation. Residents are encouraged to submit their work to a national meeting/conference. Eligibility for conference reimbursement includes:
- Resident is the primary author
- Abstract/platform acceptance by sponsoring association
- Adherence to the Neurological Institute travel policy
Resident Social Activities
House Staff Association
The House Staff Association (HSA) represents the resident body of Cleveland Clinic trainees and works to promote well-being, interests and education of Cleveland Clinic residents. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
House Staff Spouse Association
The House Staff Spouse Association (HSSA) sponsors many family-friendly events throughout the year at significantly reduced cost. It is also a great resource for spouses and resident parents.
Access the latest issues of the Stethoscoop, the monthly newsletter of the HSSA:
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