Rotation Schedule

Preparing for Success in Every Setting

Residency training prepares graduates for success in any practice setting, including inpatient, outpatient, consults, and in all locations ranging from academic medicine to private practice. Mary Free Bed physiatry residents are exposed to a multitude of clinical experiences, with the majority of them occurring on our main campus in Grand Rapids.



Mary Free Bed is one of the largest freestanding medical rehabilitation hospitals in the country – because of that, our residents see a wide range of diagnoses – that includes both the classic and uncommon rehabilitation diagnoses.

Residents are paired with attending physicians in a one-to-one training environment, with areas of practice, including:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Medically complex (including the Intensive Medical Rehab Unit)
  • Amputee (with on-site prosthetics workshop)
  • Cancer
  • Spine Center with Interventional Techniques
  • Advanced spasticity management including intrathecal baclofen
  • Wheelchair & Adaptive Sports program



A sample rotation schedule is included below. All residents participate in 13 four-week blocks per academic year. Residents start in their PGY-2 year, beginning with more inpatient experience. As the years progress, there is a transition toward more outpatient experiences.

Additionally, our residents are able to participate in six total elective blocks, the maximum allowed by the ACGME, to ensure our residents are able to cater their training to their individual interests. Residents are able to return for additional experience in a previously-completed rotation or design their own elective rotation (including research) with faculty assistance.

Mary Free Bed Residency page schedule