Mary Free Bed PM&R residency provides a comprehensive, well-rounded experience, and our didactic lecture curriculum is designed with that in mind. Sessions are taught utilizing varying techniques to enhance knowledge retention, including case-based presentations, “chalk talks,” discussions, demonstrations, journal clubs, panel discussions, and more. Topics are designed to be relevant to clinical practice and include board-relevant material.

Our didactic curriculum is based on a 12-month cycle, so topics are reviewed three times during residency. Live anatomical prosections are included in our annual “Anatomy Week” conducted locally at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine – Grand Rapids campus. Residents are taught ultrasound and electrodiagnostic medicine  with a hands-on approach.

Residents participate in 4 – 6 hours of didactic education weekly.

Staff resident physicians in action resident room


  • Monday: Hospital Grand Rounds (12:00 – 1:00pm)
  • Tuesday: 7:30 – 8:30am
  • Wednesday: 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • Thursday: 7:30 – 8:30am

Additionally, PM&R residents participate in regular Morbidity & Mortality education sessions, subspecialty conferences, journal club, and patient safety/quality improvement rounds. Web-based instructional modules will complement and reinforce didactic activities, constituting a “blended” teaching-and-learning environment.

Topics Include

  • Functional anatomy
  • Physical examination and history
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • Electrodiagnostic medicine
  • Radiology
  • Gait, kinesiology, kinematics
  • Orthotics & prosthetics
  • Wheelchairs & durable medical equipment
  • Research methodology
  • Therapeutic exercise and modalities
  • Psychometric and vocational testing
  • Bioethics
  • Pediatric rehabilitation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal injuries and treatment
  • Rheumatologic conditions
  • Spine care
  • Sports medicine
  • Practice management: career goals, contract negotiation, financial management
  • And more.
Mary Free Bed resident physician leadership talks with patient in the hallway