Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The Jackson Health System / Jackson Memorial Hospital Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Spinal Cord Injury Program is a one-year fellowship offering physicians the opportunity for clinical and research training in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Medicine. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the University of Miami directs this program in conjunction with the Miami Veterans Administration Healthcare System. Access to a large and diverse clinical population of persons with acute and chronic SCI is available to support the program.

Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) operates 68 beds and is the only Level 1 trauma center in Miami-Dade County. Care is provided to approximately 95 new traumatic SCI patients per year, in addition to rehabilitative and lifelong care. Jackson Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Center has an average census of eight to 10 patients with acute SCI. Jackson Memorial Medical Center, in conjunction with the Miller School of Medicine University of Miami is one of Florida’s designated Brain and SCI Centers. As part of this designation, an extensive data base is kept which tracks the level of injury, demographic data and other psychosocial outcomes of individuals with brain and SCI’s. This data is kept as part of the evaluation program at JMH.

The Miami Veterans Administration Healthcare System (MVAHS) SCI unit consists of a 36-bed inpatient SCI unit, an outpatient SCI clinic and home care services. The VA Healthcare System provides care to SCI patients on a life-long basis for all aspects of their healthcare. The MVAHS also has a program evaluation system which tracks initial, discharge, follow-up data on functional outcomes and is CARF accredited for their rehabilitation program.

The practice of rehabilitation medicine stresses interdisciplinary team work under medical supervision. Physiatrists are trained to direct and lead a team of health related professionals that includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and hearing therapists, clinical psychologists, rehabilitation counselors, nurses, social workers, and group and community workers. All of these professionals collaborate with their medical colleagues in order to fulfill the goals of comprehensive medical care. Mobilization of essential family and community resources is emphasized. Planning and implementation of continuity of restorative care bridges the gap between intensive treatment and social re-integration. The JMH-PHT/ Miller School of Medicine University of Miami fellowship training program is designed to fulfill these goals and upon completion, the fellow will have had exposure to a large enough patient population with a full array of spinal cord injuries and diseases that will be encountered throughout one’s career.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Fellows per year: Two Spinal Cord Injury Fellows per year
Duration: One year of training
Postgraduate Training Required: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology, Family Medicine, and Surgery Residencies
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
  • University of Miami Hospitals & Clinics

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • University of Miami
  • State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Upstate Medical University
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center – New York

Application Dates:

  • NRMP Registration Opens 8/14/2019
  • ASCIP Interviews 9/2-9/4/2019
  • NRMP Rank List Opens 9/11/2019
  • Onsite Interviews (if desired) August – October 16, 2019
  • NRMP Rank List Finalized 10/16/2019
  • NRMP Match Day 10/30/ 2019

The fellow will have a dedicated didactic program with lectures provided not only by PM&R faculty under the direction of the Fellowship Program Director, Dr. David R. Gater, but also research faculty at the Miami Project as well as clinicians and research leaders in other departments of the University of Miami. The fellow will also take a leadership role in educating residents and medical students/observers on the service as well as patients in the Model System’s PREPARE program (Post-Rehabilitation Educational Program and Resource Exchange), a didactic program set up to help patients maintain their knowledge base in the chronic phase of their recovery.

Application/eligibility requirements:

  • Graduation from an approved US or Canadian Medical School or Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Completion.
  • Completion of an ACGME accredited residency in PM&R, Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Neurosurgery, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, General Surgery, or Urology.
  • Candidates must have an active, training license or unrestricted license, to practice in Florida
  • Candidates must be board certified or board eligible with demonstrated active pursuit of board certification in both their primary specialty as well as SCIM

Program Director: David R. Gater, Jr., MD, PhD, MS (

Program Coordinator: Coretha Davis (
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
P.O. Box 016960 (C-206)
Miami, FL 33101
Phone: 305-585-1431 (office)
Fax: 305-355-2424