MD Education

Physician educators and investigators in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department at the IU School of Medicine participate in the training of MD students through clerkship rotations and electives as well as research programs.

Clinical Clerkship Rotations

Medical students interested in pursuing a career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation should consider rotating through a physiatry elective during the third and fourth year of medical school. This experience can occur at IU School of Medicine (or the student’s home institution), or students can request to rotate away at an outside program. This experience provides students with insight to the specialty and also allows the residency program an opportunity to get to know participating students. For this reason, students may benefit from arranging the rotation experience at a medical school or clinical facility that interests them.


All IU School of Medicine medical students are invited to take an elective rotation in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Electives are offered to third- and fourth-year students. Students interested in the field of PM&R should consider rotations as early as third year. Fourth-year medical students interested in the field are encouraged to take electives early on in the academic year. Students planning to enter a PM&R residency should take a broad based group of electives. Specialty areas that are particularly applicable to this area of medicine include urology, neurology, dermatology, neurosurgery, rheumatology and orthopedics.