The didactic core curriculum for the Mary Free Bed PM&R Residency Program incorporates many learning activities, including lectures, workshops, demonstrations, case presentations, journal clubs, simulations, clinics, panel discussions and community service field trips.

The core curriculum didactics will be based on a 12-month cycle, so that topics are reviewed at least three times during the residency. Live anatomical prosection and ultrasound exposure will be a part of the annual musculoskeletal block. Residents are expected to attend from four to six hours of didactics each week which may include grand rounds, quality improvement, M&M and sub-specialty conferences. Web-based instructional modules will complement and reinforce didactic activities, constituting a “blended” teaching and learning approach environment.

The curriculum is based on modules that cover the major topic areas of PM&R, as well as core competencies supported by goals and objectives important to the practice of rehabilitation medicine.

Topics include:

  • Functional anatomy
  • Physical exam and history
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • Electrodiagnostic medicine
  • Radiology
  • Gait, kinesiology, kinematics
  • Orthotics, prosthetics
  • Wheelchairs and DME
  • Research methods
  • Exercise and modalities
  • Rehab therapies
  • Medical administration
  • Psychometric and vocational testing
  • Bioethics
  • Pediatric rehab
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Post-stroke rehabilitation
  • Amputation rehabilitation
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Cardiac rehabilitation and fitness
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation and arthritis
  • Spine and musculoskeletal medicine
  • Sports medicine