A specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, also called a physiatrist, evaluates and treats patients with disorders or disabilities in the muscles, bones, and nervous system, including neck or back pain, sports and work injuries, stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, spasticity, and any other disability or disorder that affects function. A physiatrist may lead a team of medical professionals to help patients improve their physical, psychological, social, and vocational function, and are dedicated to the whole person, including treating pain, restoring function, and improving quality of life. Treatment modalities may include medications, injections, therapeutic exercise, electrodiagnosis, and any equipment required for daily activities.
Every specialty has unique factors they want each candidate to have in their residency application. NRMP conducts regular Program Director surveys to identify which parts of the residency application are most important in differing specialties. Among the information gathered, Program Directors were asked to cite factors they used to select candidates for interviews. They were also asked to rate each factor on a scale from 1 (least important) to 5 (most important).
|Total Training||4 years; This residency requires the successful completion of a preliminary year/td>|
|Average Residency Salary||$59,637.85|
|Average Physician Salary||$322,0000|
|Average Work Week||45.4 Hours|
|Peak Interview Months||November-February|
|Key Organizations and Societies:||American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation The Resident Physician Council (RPC) of AAPM&R American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation|