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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – ACMC

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

Students must have completed the M3 Core Clerkships in Medicine and Surgery.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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  • Program Number

    ELEC 746

  • Program Contacts

    Program Director: Roy L. Adair, MD

    Coordinator:  Debbie Tinsley
    Telephone: 708-684-3170, 708-684-5428

  • Program Information

    Location: ACMC

    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


  • Reporting Instructions

    Please review this website prior to your first day.

    Immunization & Compliance forms can be found here.