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Physical medicine is the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal pain. In this area of medicine, doctors treat patients with sports injuries, work injuries, trauma of all types, and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Rehabilitation involves helping those with major physical impairments, such as stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury, often in an inpatient setting. Physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors also perform electrodiagnosis (electromyography-EMG) to diagnose diseases of the nerves and muscles such as carpal tunnel syndrome and pinched nerves. The IU School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has a strong history of achievement in the areas of medical research, physician education and patient care.

Education

Education

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program at IU School of Medicine is the only physiatry residency in the state of Indiana. In addition to training PM&R residents, nationally known faculty in this department also dedicate significant time to teaching residents of other specialties as well as medical students, therapy students and others.
Research

Research

Physiatry faculty are active in medical research and have published numerous books, book chapters and peer-reviewed research publications in this field of medicine. Through work in the Traumatic Brain Injury Model System Center, the InterFACE Center and other research facilities, investigators in this department continue to advance treatment options and care.
Clinical Care

Clinical Care

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team at IU School of Medicine is affiliated with four inpatient rehabilitation centers, including a veteran’s hospital and a facility focusing on children. Physiatry residents spend a minimum of one year caring for hospitalized patients to provide inpatient services, including general rehabilitation, stroke, and traumatic brain injury treatment.
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Years of Physiatrist Residency Training
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Affiliated Clinical Facilities
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Medical Specialties Related to PM&R

Spotlight

Flora Hammond, MD

Flora Hammond, MD

Chair, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Dr. Hammond's work focuses on long-term rehabilitation and treatment for traumatic brain injury patients at one of only 16 TBI model systems in the United States.

Dr. Malec is active in groups involved with the concerns of people with brain injuries, including the Brain Injury Association, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the International Neuropsychological Society.

Collaborative Research

By fostering a collaborative research agenda with other IU School of Medicine academic departments and IU clinical science schools, investigator educators in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation continue to advance knowledge and patient treatment options.

Residency Program

Residency training in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation begins with a transitional year dedicated to fundamental clinical skills and then moves to focused rotations. Residents are required to spend a minimum of one year caring for hospitalized patients to provide inpatient services, including general rehabilitation, stroke and traumatic brain injury treatment.

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