PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed the M3 Core Clerkships in Medicine and Surgery.

PURPOSE: The PM&R elective provide exposure to students in caring for persons with disabilities from pediatrics to geriatrics such that the student upon completion should be able to:
•  Begin to think of patients from a functional perspective in addition to a medical/disease perspective.
•  Perform a more sophisticated functional neuromusculoskeletal examination.
•  Develop simple treatment plans for impairments and disabilities in their patients, in addition to diseases.
•  Identify acute care patients who would benefit from PM&R or electrodiagnostic consultation.

COMPETENCIES: The student will develop skills of neuromuscular examinations, functional evaluations, an understanding of rehabilitation therapies and the interdisciplinary team approach to patient care.
•  Inpatient Care – Diagnosis and rehabilitation of stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, orthopedic conditions, neurologic disorders and general medical disorders. Management of  neurogenic bowel/bladder, pressure sore prevention and care, and DVT prophylaxis;
•  Consultation services – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation evaluations for management of rehabilitation potential, deformity, gait deviations, pain;
•  Electrodiagnostic Medicine – Understand information obtained via electromyography and nerve conduction studies, its value, application and prognostic use. Understand clinical and electrophysiologic correlation in radiculopathies, peripheral nerve injuries and myopathies;
•  Outpatient Care – PM&R evaluations and follow up care for patients treated in rehabilitation unit. Become aware of long-term complications of disabilities and treatment options. Advanced management of spasticity: including ITB therapy (intrathecal baciofen pump), botulinum injections and nerve blocks.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: The student will have direct contact with attending staff for rounds, discussions, informal lectures and instruction. The student will complete a checklist of required exposures to a variety of therapy services, including Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy as well as assistive device uses and swallowing evaluations. The student will also be provided with a suggested reading list including textbooks and articles. This rotation provides an excellent and varied experience in the full range of Physiatric Care.

ASSESSMENT: Each student’s evaluation will be based on attendance and participation. Mid-elective reviews will be performed on an individual basis. Upon completion of the elective, a written UIC evaluation form will be completed with input from all Attending Physicians that the student worked with. There are no formal written exams.


Program Number: ELEC 746
Location: ACMC
Program Director: Roy L. Adair, MD
Coordinator:  Debbie Tinsley
Telephone: 708-684-3170, 708-684-5428
Duration:  4 Weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: No
Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1
Housestaff Used as Faculty: No
Laboratory/Independent Study: 0
Outpatient: 3
Inpatient: 15-20
Total Hours /Week: 40-45

Please review this website prior to your first day.

Immunization & Compliance forms can be found here.


Note: Clinical electives at Advocate hospitals (ACMC, AIMMC, ALGH) are only available to students from LCME and AOA accredited institutions.
Updated: 4/11/18