Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Training Program

The CWRU/MetroHealth Residency Program features a dynamic 21-resident training program with a full-time MetroHealth faculty of more than 25 Board-certified Physiatrists and rehabilitation Psychologists.

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Questions? Contact the Fellowship Coordinator, Randa Karim.

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Welcome

We are pleased to welcome you to the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute and the Department of PM&R at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. Thank you for your interest in our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program.

2018 NMSK Residency 1Program Highlights

  • Dynamic 21-resident training program with a full-time MetroHealth faculty of more than 25 Board-certified Physiatrists and rehabilitation Psychologists 
  • As the primary certified Level One Trauma and Burn Center for all Northeastern Ohio, MetroHealth Medical Center treats a large number and variety of trauma cases.
  • The MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute is designated as a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Model System, in recognition of our state-of-the-art spinal cord injury care and cutting-edge clinical research. 
  • Sponsor of a Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowship for the past 10 years and Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship for the past two years, and the Pain Medicine Fellowship.

Facility & Clinic Highlights

  • Free-standing Rehabilitation Institute at the MetroHealth Old Brooklyn Healthcare Campus.
  • Features 67 inpatient rehabilitation beds on three specialized floors for spinal cord injury and trauma, brain injury and stroke. 
  • Wide variety of outpatient clinics are based at the Rehabilitation Institute, MetroHealth Medical Center Main Campus, and multiple community-based satellites. 
  • In addition to disability-specific follow-up clinics and resident continuity clinics (PG3 & PG4), specialized clinics focus on musculoskeletal/sports, pain, amputee management, lymphedema, concussion, electrodiagnosis, spasticity management, as well as ultrasound-guided injections and interventional spine procedures. 
  • PM&R residents also rotate to the Cleveland Clinic for musculoskeletal/sports medicine and consults, the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation for inpatient and outpatient pediatric rehab, and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC for inpatient care, outpatient clinics, and electrodiagnosis (all within a 20 minute drive).  

Leadership 

The MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute is the only Rehabilitation Institute in the world led by members of the prestigious National Academies: 

  • John Chae, MD, Director of the Institute and Department Chair, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. The AAP recently honored Dr. Chae at its annual meeting. Attendees saw this video, which highlights his pioneering work and professional accomplishments, and received a copy of the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute’s current outcomes report.  
  • P. Hunter Peckham, PhD, Co-Director of the Institute, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. 

Research 

  • We are among the top five of the nation’s leading rehabilitation research centers with more than $25 million in funded clinical research from federal, state and private agencies. 
  • A major focus of our research involves clinical applications of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), featuring electrical stimulation to restore movement in paralyzed limbs, enable weaning a patient off a ventilator with diaphragm pacing (used with Christopher Reeves, aka “Superman”), prevent foot drop after stroke, stimulate neurological recovery after stroke, and to decrease pain.

Rich History in PM&R Training

Established in 1958, the CWRU/MetroHealth residency program is one of the oldest PM&R training programs in the nation, with current accreditation by the Accreditation Committee on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) through 2022. 

Our graduates consistently perform well on the ABPMR Board Certification Exams (100% pass rate for Part I on a 5-year rolling cycle), and have been consistently successful in securing fellowship positions or finding practice opportunities in both private and academic settings.

Offsite Rotations

             

Department Video

  

Additional Information

You can obtain further information about Case Western Reserve University at www.cwru.edu, and about Cleveland in general by visiting www.cleveland.com

We thank you for you interest in the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute and the Department of PM&R Traning Program.

Sincerely,

Jared Placeway, DO
Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine