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Rehabilitation Medicine Focus:
CONJ 686, CONJ 687, CONJ 688, CONJ 689, CONJ 690

Please Note: The Rehabilitation Medicine syllabus below is in addition to the all-clerkship syllabus available at the Chronic Care Clerkship Course syllabus page

Student Requirements for the Rehab Medicine Track:

The core material for this clerkship is contained in the selected web-based syllabus. This series of current articles have been chosen to communicate a minimal knowledge base and the background information essential for skill development.

We suggest you read the articles as outlined below. This scheme will introduce you to the basics for more immediate application.

Chapter Title Reading Schedule
Chapters 1-3 Intro to PM&R, the concepts of functional disability, and the nuances of patient encounters in PM&R 1st and 2nd evening
Chapter 4 Electrodiagnostics Before spending time in the EMG lab/clinic
Chapters 5-9 Rehabilitation of Neurologic and Neuromuscular Disorders Should be read at the time you see patients with these problems, completing by the end of the 3rd week of the clerkship.
Chapters 10-13 Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Disorders ****
Chapters 14-15 Rehabilitation of Special Populations ****

Rehabilitation Lectures

Students will join the second-year residents for Grand Rounds, morning conferences, and classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Time and room number may vary, so please check the PM&R Resident Didactics calendar. You will also have two mid-day Monday lectures presented by PM&R Residents.

Inpatient and Outpatient Work for Skill Development

Each student is assigned to one of the following sites in the Seattle area: Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH) Rehab Medicine Unit, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) Rehab Medicine Unit. UW Medical Center Rehab Medicine Unit, VA Medical Center Rehab Medicine Unit, and VA Medical Center Spinal Care Injury (SCI) Unit. The patients you see will be inpatients and/or outpatients and/or consultation patients of the rehabilitation medicine service at the assigned institution.

The clinical material will vary depending on the site. For example, students at Harborview will be exposed to the disability associated with trauma, students at Children's will concentrate on the chronic diseases and disabilities unique to young people. Students at the VA will have the opportunity to concentrate on spinal cord injury and amputation rehabilitation. All sites will have a variety of clinical material that will support the goals and objectives.

Students must come prepared on the first day of the clinical clerkship to see patients and should appear with their examination equipment, namely stethoscope and percussion hammer.

Unless otherwise arranged, attendance is expected from 8:00a.m. until the work is completed. The clinical clerk's workday will parallel the schedule of the rehabilitation medicine housestaff. There is no night or weekend call. In addition to the daily patient work, your preceptor will try to arrange, when possible, the following for you:

  • At least one complete new patient admission per week.
  • Discharge and post-discharge patient encounter(s) on one patient.
  • The home visit or "atypical outpatient experience" with a patient recently discharged from the rehabilitation unit.
  • Weekly multidisciplinary panels (chart rounds) or case conference interactions.
  • Sessions with the clinical psychologist seeing your patients.
  • Sessions with the speech and language pathologist seeing your patients.
  • Sessions with the social service worker seeing your patients.
  • Sessions with the vocational/education contact seeing your patients.
  • Physical therapy information, demonstration session.
  • Occupational therapy information, demonstration session.
  • Other sessions, if warranted by the patients assigned.


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Info for Preceptors

Information for clinical preceptors on course goals and clerkship policies, as well as evaluation information and course forms.

Course Schedule

Clerkship Calendar

Chronic Care Didactic Schedules
(not including WWAMI, specific focus, or site meetings).

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