For the most part, PM&R residents can maintain a good work-life balance; the resident lifestyle is quite predictable.
Physiatry residents at Indiana University School of Medicine have a moderate call schedule that varies depending on progression stage in the program. 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.
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. 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. When looking for a residency program, medical students should consider how strongly they feel about the amount of internal medicine they wish to perform.
Moonlighting may be considered on a case-by-case basis after a resident’s PGY2 year is successfully completed. PM&R residents must have any moonlighting positions authorized by the program director.
Benefits for residents vary among the residency programs. IU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education offers a generous benefits package that includes paid insurance (health, life and disability), licensure fees, and some cafeteria meals as well as paid time off.