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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

A history of achievement,  and emphasis on research and patient care

The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) has a strong history of achievement in medical research, education and patient care. PM&R, also known as physiatry, treats conditions involving the body’s nervous and musculoskeletal systems that limit a person’s ability to function. The teaching faculty in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation oversees the only PM&R residency training program in the state of Indiana and are eager to uphold the mission of educating the country’s next generation of physiatrists.


In addition to training PM&R residents, nationally known physiatry faculty dedicate significant time to teaching residents of other specialties as well as medical students.
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Physiatry faculty are active in medical research and have published numerous books, book chapters and peer-reviewed research publications in this field of medicine.
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Clinical Care

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation faculty at IU School of Medicine are affiliated with four inpatient rehabilitation centers.
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4 Years of Physiatrist Residency Training
8 Affiliated Clinical Facilities
6 Medical Specialties Related to PM&R
20302-Hammond, Flora

Flora Hammond, MD

Chair, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The work of Flora Hammond, MD, focuses on long-term rehabilitation and treatment for traumatic brain injury patients at one of only 16 TBI model systems in the United States.

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James F. Malec, PhD

Senior Research Professor Emeritus of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

James Malec, PhD, 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.

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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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