Physiatry

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What to Expect—Residency Program

For the most part, the lifestyle of a PM&R resident is quite tolerable and predictable. Residents can pursue a life outside of the hospital in most cases. As a general rule, inpatient services tend to be more strenuous than outpatient ones. There is a high degree of variability in the nature of the resident’s inpatient responsibilities from one program to the next. The PM&R resident may or may not manage a large portion of the patient’s acute medical problems, depending on the particular institution’s threshold for admitting rehab patients based on acuity of care. When looking for a residency program, medical students should consider how strongly they feel about the amount of internal medicine they wish to perform.

Physiatry residents at IU School of Medicine have a moderate call schedule that vary depending on progression stage in the program, and residents are required to provide inpatient services only during calls. The call schedule becomes lighter as residents progress through the program, and the volume of calls during the internship year is usually the most demanding.

Second-year residents can expect to be on call four nights per month with one weekend call each 3-6 weeks. Third-year residents get three calls per month, and fourth year residents can expect two calls per month.

Moonlighting is acceptable on a case-by-case basis. PM&R residents at IU School of Medicine must speak with the program director before any moonlighting is accepted.

Benefits for residents vary tremendously among the residency programs. IU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education offers a very generous benefits package that includes paid insurance (health, life and disability), licensure fees, and some cafeteria meals as well as paid time off.

[Tip] When looking for a residency program, medical students should consider how strongly they feel about the amount of internal medicine they wish to perform.