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Physical Med & Rehab

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.

Competitiveness HIGH
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IMG Profile

Average Stats for a Matched US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 220
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 227
  • Research: 1.8
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 3.7
  • Work: 6.2
  • Volunteer: 7.2

Average Stats for a Matched Non-US IMG in 2022:

  • USMLE Step 1 score: 226
  • USMLE Step 2 CK score: 237
  • Research: 2.3
  • Abstracts/Presentations/etc: 5.5
  • Work: 5.6
  • Volunteer: 3.6
Specialty Factors

In March 2022, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conducted its survey of directors of programs participating in the Main Residency Match ® with the primary purpose of characterizing the factors that Program Directors use to (1) select applicants to interview, and (2) rank applicants for the Main Residency Match. See results of the Program Director Survey for Physical Med & Rehab below:

The Top 5 Most Important Physical Med & Rehab Application Factors

Percentage of Programs Citing Each Factor

  1. MSPE (96.6%)
  2. Any failed attempt at USMLE (93.1%)
  3. USMLE Step 1 score (89.7%)
  4. Grades in required clerkships (79.3%)
  5. Class ranking/quartile, Consistency of grades, GHHS membership (75.9%)

Average Importance Rating for Each Factor (scale of 1 to 5)

  1. Applicant was flagged with Match violation by the NRMP (5.0)
  2. Evidence of professionalism and ethics (4.5)
  3. Perceived commitment to program (4.5)
  4. Letters of recommendation in specialty (4.3)
  5. Perceived commitment to specialty (4.2)

Fast Facts

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
  • Some suggested resources to learn about PM&R are “Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Pocketpedia” and “PM&R Secrets”
  • Suggested rotations for medical students interested in PM&R include PM&R, radiology, neurology, rheumatology, orthopedic surgery, and geriatrics

Match Statistics

Main Residency Match and Post-Match Stats


IMGs Matched

43 /

Number of Programs/Positions


Post-Match SOAP Unfilled Positions

Main Residency Match


Post-Match SOAP

Program Track PGY-1
Participating Programs 0
Filled Programs 0
Positions Available 0
Filled Positions 0


  • Brain Injury Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
  • Sports Medicine

Additional Info

  • Select PM&R programs may participate in the supplemental ERAS application. Please visit the supplemental ERAS application webpage for information, guidance, timelines, and resources.
  • The Association of Academic Physiatry Residency and Fellowship Program Directors Council met May 24, 2022 to discuss the upcoming interview season. The stance of the RFPD is that interviews should be conducted virtually for the 2022-23 interview season.
  • The AAP`s Residency & Fellowship Program Directors (RFPD) Council has released guidance around their application cycle.