For the most part, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residents at Indiana University School of Medicine can maintain a good work-life balance; the resident lifestyle is quite predictable.
PM&R residents 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 every three to six 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.
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.
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.