Rehabilitation Medicine, also known as Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, specialists or "Physiatrists" treat a wide range of problems from sore shoulders to spinal cord injuries. They focus on helping patients who are recovering from injuries or disabling illnesses (such as musculoskeletal disorders, head traumas, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and cognitive impairments) to regain as much function as possible. For those students interested in the specialty of Rehabilitation Medicine, it is imperative to understand that rehabilitation is a very diverse and encompassing field. A broad knowledge base is required to be a successful practitioner. Thus, it is important to master basic concepts of internal medicine, surgery, psychiatry, pediatrics, and family medicine. The specialty offers non-surgical interventions and takes a holistic approach to patient management, often coordinating an interdisciplinary team including neurologists, psychologists, and surgeons as well as allied health professionals in the care of patients with complex physical, social and psychological needs. A high degree of patient contact and long-term care are common in this field.
Rehabilitation Medicine elective
Radiology: emphasis on musculoskeletal readings
Inter-disciplinary Pain Clinic
To learn more about the department visit their website at: http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/rehabmed/educ/index.shtml or email them with questions.
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