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Educational Opportunities


Our department sponsors one ACGME-accredited fellowship position in Sports Medicine. Our fellow joins three surgical and three family practice colleagues in Orthopaedic Sports Health for an intense, one year experience that includes collaboration with world-renowned faculty, and extensive sideline experience.

Also, in collaboration with the Northeast Ohio Spinal Cord Injury System/MetroHealth, the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) hosts 1-2 ACGME Spinal Cord Injury fellows each year for three month subspecialty rotations in Neurosurgical Spine Traumatology, Neurourology and Spasticity Clinic.

Musculoskeletal Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Fellowship

This non-ACGME accredited position within in the multidisciplinary Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center at Cleveland Clinic's main campus is seeking candidates primarily from PM&R training programs, as well as highly motivated graduates from primary care programs and Rheumatology.

Interested candidates should contact Colleen Vahcic at vahcicc@ccf.org or 216.444.0332.

Medical Students

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation hosts medical students from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University Medical School as part of required rotations in the care of persons with disabilities. Our faculty is also active in didactic medical student teaching and administrative committees in the Lerner College. Medical student rotations and externships are also tailored to meet the interest and needs of first through fourth year medical students. Opportunities for research and clinical training are available in areas related to disability and the therapy disciplines, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, spine rehabilitation, pain management, and electrodiagnosis. Most rotations are four weeks in duration. The broad scope of training available at Cleveland Clinic brings students from around the world to our campus.

Resident Education

Our department supports a PM&R residency partnership with Metro Health Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University. PM&R residents spend three months of their residency focusing on tertiary care hospital rehabilitation consultations, chronic pain management, medical care of spinal disorders, prosthetics and orthotics training.

Residents benefit from the magnificent educational and research resources supplied by Cleveland Clinic. Most residents engage in research opportunities during their rotation at Cleveland Clinic. Our department is also a popular choice for visiting residents choosing elective rotations in sports, pain management, and neurological rehabilitation. Training rotations are also made available to visiting graduate medical education trainees appropriate to the level of their training licensure, and malpractice coverage.

Visiting Physicians

Visitors from countries around the world are welcomed to our Department throughout the year to observe our practices and techniques of treatment.

Continuing Medical Education

Formal educational offerings include: Accredited Monthly PM&R Grand Rounds series, Resident journal club, chairman's teaching rounds, and special endowed lectures (e.g. the Noll Lectureship) are sponsored throughout the year.

Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) Education

The OT and PT Education Coordinators host a variety of professional courses that enhance the quality of education available to the physical and occupational therapy staff. Courses are offered to therapists employed by Cleveland Clinic, as well as therapists in the community.

Other educational activities include weekly OT and PT staff in-services, including lectures by staff members, therapy specialists and guest speakers. Physical and Occupational Therapy also provides a broad range of student experiences through identified educational contracts with universities.

Rehabilitation Technology

The members of Rehabilitation Technology section place high priority to provide training and education to students in medicine and rehabilitation technology. Lectures and presentations are given to resident physicians, engineering students, nurses and therapists at the Foundation, Cleveland State University and the R.B. Trumbull School of Enterostomal Therapy.

The graduate level Human Factors Engineering/Industrial Ergonomics course at the Cleveland State University continues to be offered through the instructorial contribution of M. Tom Adams enhancing the engineering students’ knowledge of the ergonomic principles of work site design.

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