Overview

At the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program our goal is to instruct and prepare compassionate physicians to practice independently in the specialty of PM&R. Who will be life-long learners and contribute significantly to the quality of life of their patients, the field, and society at large by providing and promoting excellent whole person care, quality teaching, and evidence based scholarship. Create a feeling of teamwork among each other to accomplish the educational tasks at hand. Gain progressive clinical competence to practice the PM&R specialty independently as measured by achievement of graduation milestones in the competency areas of “Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Systems-Based Practice, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism, and Interpersonal and Communication Skills,” across a spectrum of ages, impairments, and clinical settings. This includes proficiency with joint, soft tissue, ultrasound-guided, spine, and spasticity injections, and electrodiagnostic testing.

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Mission & Vision:

At the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program our goal is to instruct and prepare compassionate physicians to practice independently in the specialty of PM&R. Who will be life-long learners and contribute significantly to the quality of life of their patients, the field, and society at large by providing and promoting excellent whole person care, quality teaching, and evidence based scholarship. Create a feeling of teamwork among each other to accomplish the educational tasks at hand. Gain progressive clinical competence to practice the PM&R specialty independently as measured by achievement of graduation milestones in the competency areas of “Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Systems-Based Practice, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism, and Interpersonal and Communication Skills,” across a spectrum of ages, impairments, and clinical settings. This includes proficiency with joint, soft tissue, ultrasound-guided, spine, and spasticity injections, and electrodiagnostic testing.

Directors:

Program Director: Andrew L. Sherman MD
Associate Program Director: Kevin L. Dalal MD

Message from Program Director

Headshot of Andrew L. Sherman, MDOn behalf of the entire Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital, I would like take this opportunity to welcome you to our residency program.

This is a three-year ACGME-accredited Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) training program at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami. Our task goes well beyond learning skills or acquiring knowledge providing experience in leadership, scholarship, health systems, and communication. This residency program strives to provide education within a busy, diverse patient setting in a large university environment. Throughout the three-year PM&R training program, each resident will gain experience in both inpatient and outpatient environments. With time and experience, he or she will develop the confidence to run team meetings, perform procedures, and provide accurate diagnoses and PM&R treatments. Regularly scheduled academic activities include: monthly journal clubs, case presentation rounds both on the inpatient units and consultative services, mobidity and mortality conferences, program director led EMG and musculoskeletal (MSK)/spine case conferences, board review club, formal research training, weekly didactic sessions, ultrasound course, manual medicine course, neurotoxin injection course, interventional spine injection course, and Grand Rounds. Through exposure to the full array of PM&R pathology and care, with progressive increases in responsibility, each resident will become a confident and competent independent PM&R provider prepared to enter any area of interest, be it fellowship, private practice, or academic medicine.

We are excited for the future of our program as we have a lot to look forward to. Currently a new state of the art rehabilitation hospital is being completed to expand our clinical, research, and educational opportunities for residents and services to the community.. The new resources placed in the building will be ”State of the Art” and expose residents to the latest treatments and technology. The emphasis will be to ensure the success of the PM&R department educational, research and clinical missions.

This includes housing a PM&R translational research institute in cooperation with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis (TMP). This will open up close communication and opportunities for the residents to participate in projects with the clinical research team from TMP. As we increase the size of our presence we will be expanding our rehabilitative services with more faculty, providing unique exposures and opportunities for residents to learn.

PM&R Program Highlights:

Advanced Program:
8 resident positions per year

Rotation Sites:

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System
  • Mt. Sinai Medical Center
  • University of Miami Tower
  • University of Miami Hospitals & Clinics
  • Elective rotations in the Hospital/Clinic of your choice 4 weeks
  • Selective rotations in the department of JMH hospital/clinic of your choice

 

Rotation Schedule (2 month blocks):

PGY-2: Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Comprehensive Rehab, NeuroRehab, VA Outpatient (MSK and EMGs), VA Inpatient (Comprehensive, SCI)

PGY-3: MSK/Sports/Spine Outpatient, *Pediatrics/Elective/Selective, Mount Sinai Inpatient/Consults, VA Outpatient MSK AM/Research PM, VA EMG/Outpatient MSK, Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) Consult

PGY-4: JMH Senior, University of Miami Hospital (UMH) Consults, *Pediatrics/Elective/Selective, UMH EMG/MSK, JMH Consults, VA Pain

*4 weeks of elective can be done anywhere in world; Pediatric rotation includes Baclofen pump clinic and Multiple Sclerosis clinic

Didactics:
Weekly Friday AM lectures (protected time); Weekly Cuccurullo Board Review; Monthly M&M, Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Monthly Ultrasound Course, Interventional Spine; VA Radiology rounds; Annual SAE review

Procedure Exposure:
On average over 3 years you have exposure and will do/participate in >250 EMGs, >80 epidural spine injections, >100 axial spine injections, >200 peripheral joint injections, >80 Botox injections for spasticity and chronic migraines, >50 ultrasound guided injections for PRP and IA steroids

Call:
PGY 2: 23-24 calls
PGY 3: 2 calls, 5 night float blocks
PGY 4: 1 call, 3 night float blocks
*Each night float block consists of 5 days of covering the only the night issues in the hospital from 7pm-7am, with call rooms and no daytime responsibilities except Friday morning didactics.
Night float block will ultimately transition into a PGY 3 rotation.

Vacation:
4 weeks of vacation per year:

Education Days
PGY-2 Two education days
PGY-3 Three education days
PGY-4 Ten education days

Fellowships:
SCI Fellowship (2 spots)
Pain Fellowship through Anesthesia (3 spots)

Graduates and where they have matched for fellowships:

  • University of Colorado – Interventional Orthopedics
  • Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children’s Hospital – Pediatric Rehab
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center; Houston, TX – Cancer Rehab
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital – Spinal Cord Injury
  • San Antonio VA – Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock – Pain Management
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital – Pain Management
  • Mayo Clinic, Arizona – Pain Management
  • University of South Florida – Pain Management
  • Emory University – Pain Management
  • Virginia Commonwealth University – Pain Management
  • Thomas Jefferson University – Pain Management
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Sports Medicine
  • University of California Davis – Sports Medicine
  • Hospital for Special Surgery; New York, NY – Sports & Spine
  • Orthopedic and Spine Specialists; York, PA – Sports & Spine
  • Florida Spine Institute – Sports & Spine

Graduates and where they have obtained faculty positions:

  • University of Miami
  • Memorial Regional Hospital
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Miami VA Hospital
  • Orlando VA Hospital
  • Loma Linda University
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Indiana University
  • Syracuse University
  • Encompass Health Miami
  • Encompass Health Bakersfield

Salary:
(As of 2019)
PGY-2 $58,146
PGY-3 $60,292
PGY-4 $62,843
$1350 annually for meals at JMH (25% employee discount at JMH cafeteria)

Additional Funding/Conferences: Stipends available through Jackson CIR for $1000. The program also has additional funding that has in the past gone towards educational materials including: Mini iPad for the residents, Weiss Q&A books, Cuccurullo Board Review books, AAPM&R Q bank access for residents, scholarship towards conferences $500, Anatomy and Ultrasound resources.

Key faculty:

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Department Chairman

David R. Gater Jr., MD, Ph.D, MS
Education: University of Arizona College of Medicine
Residency: University of California Davis Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Specialty: Spinal Cord Injury/Electrodiagnostic medicine

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Program Director

Andrew L. Sherman, MD
Education: SUNY- Buffalo
Residency: University of Washington Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Fellowship: Beth Israel Hospital & Spine Institute- Interventional Pain
Specialty: Interventional Pain/ MSK Medicine

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Associate Program Director

Kevin L. Dalal, MD
Education: Medical College of Virginia
Residency: Tufts Boston Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Miami Medical Center- SCI Medicine
Specialty: Spinal Cord Medicine

Current residents:

PGY-2 Residents

PGY-3 Residents

PGY-4 Residents

Requirements: It is required for the applicant to complete an ACGME accredited Preliminary year program prior to starting the 3 year PM&R residency.

Application Deadline: February 1

 The program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and all applications and documentation for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program should be directed through that agency. Your student affairs office or other designated dean’s office should provide you with information and the software for the ERAS. The Jackson Memorial Hospital Residency Training Program is a member of the National Resident Matching Program.

We review every candidate on the merit of their portfolio taking in consideration first time takers and high scores. We accept USMLE and COMLEX Scores.. We require three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably one from a physiatrist. After the selection committee has reviewed applications, invitations for interviews are offered. Rounds, conferences, lunches, tours, and opportunities to meet our house staff typically are included in a visit.

We start reviewing applications via ERAS starting in September and interview invitations will be sent at the beginning of October. Interviews are typically held on Fridays starting mid-November through January.

For Fellowships: Paper applications are accepted.

Applications accepted May 1, 2016 – Sept 5, 2016
Rank list due September 21, 2016
Match day October 5, 2016

Education is a high priority in the residency program. All residents have protected lecture time one-half day per week (Typically Friday) from 8 AM to 12 PM. The didactic course series is formulated ahead of time by the program director and sequentially covers the necessary material for specialty board exams and comprehensive PM&R knowledge. This is protected time without other responsibility to focus on learning through a diverse group of lecturers.

The lecture series includes but is not limited to: Weiss Q&A, Prosthetics/Orthotics; Electrodiagnostics; Anatomy & Kinesiology (including Cadaver prosection laboratory); Physical Examination; Therapeutic Modalities; Medical Rehabilitation; Principles of Neurologic, Cardiopulmonary, Musculoskeletal and Pain Rehabilitation; Manual Medicine; Neurotrauma; and Pediatric Rehabilitation.

There are weekly Board Review Lectures and a SAE Review Question Lecture Series. This consists of a summary of weekly assigned reading, followed by group board review questions, often proctored by clinical faculty.

Lectures are supplemented by regularly scheduled academic discussions and activities including Monthly Journal Clubs; Case Presentation Rounds on inpatient, outpatient, and consultative services; Morbidity and Mortality Conferences; Program Director Case Conferences; Formal Research Training through a course presented by the University of Miami; and Grand Rounds.

We also make use of the plentiful resources at the University of Miami through interdisciplinary conferences including Spine Conference; Neuroradiology Conference; Anatomy Course with Prosection Laboratory; Neurosurgery Grand Rounds; Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds; Pain Fellowship Conference; and The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Lectures.

We have added in a state-of-the-art intensive monthly ultrasound course consisting of an hour lecture followed by a practical lab with 3 ultrasound machines and an OSCE examination led by 2 Experienced Musculoskeletal Medicine physicians who use Ultrasound in their everyday practice. Each resident will be proficient at evaluating a patient with the use of ultrasound in the areas of: shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle. Residents also have access to ultrasound machines available for use in clinics and the resident lounge for informal learning, study, and to examine patients.

We also have added a hands-on interventional spine course consisting of didactic sessions followed by a practical session. The practical consists of actual injection practice with a C-arm on one of two life-like mannequins.

All residents also participate in a Mock Oral exam program in preparation for boards. As part of the program, each resident is required to complete Mock sessions that are held throughout the year.

Application/eligibility requirements:

The program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and all applications and documentation for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program should be directed through that agency. The Jackson Memorial Hospital Residency Training Program participates in the National Residency Matching Program. All of our advanced training class positions are filled through the NRMP.

At a minimum, documented successful completion of the first two parts of USMLE Step I, Step II CK and Step 2 CS must be submitted for initial appointment as a Resident of Clinical Fellow (or for reappointment, if not previously provided). Completed USMLE Step II is strongly encouraged for all applicants.

At a minimum, documented successful completion of USMLE Step III (Part 1 and Part 2) is required for appointment (or reappointment) at the PGY 3 level or higher.

We review every candidate on the merit of their entire education and experience portfolio. We accept either USMLE or COMLEX scores. We require three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably one from a physiatrist. After the selection committee has reviewed applications, invitations for interviews are offered. Presentations, pre-interview dinner, lunches, tours, and opportunities to meet our house staff with Q&A typically are included in a visit.

We start reviewing applications via ERAS starting in September and interview invitations will be sent after the Dean’s letters are released. Interviews are typically held on Fridays starting mid-November through January.

Board exam requirements:

Complete Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program

Pass all three parts of the USMLE/COMLEX Step Exams

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Manager of Programs

Coretha Davis
Phone: 305-585-1431 (Office)
Fax:  305-355-2424
Email: cdavis@med.miami.edu

PM&R Residency Training Program
Jackson Memorial Hospital
P.O. Box 016960 (C-206)
Miami, FL 33101