Each rotation has unique opportunities for specific education objectives. In addition to those, the residency-wide educational experience is composed of the following:

PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4 Years

Journal Club – Monthly Rehab in Review journal club. Also, all PGY2 residents have the opportunity to pulbish literature summaries in Emory’s publication Rehab in Review, among the top 3 most widely read journals in the field. https://rehabinreview.com/ 

Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation (PASSOR) Physical Examination Core Competencies Series - A weekly block during the musculoskeletal lecture months, including concurrent ultrasound teaching.

M&M Conference - A quarterly conference moderated by an internist.  Case review is designed to aid physicians and ancillary staff in better treatment management at the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine.  It is used as a quality-improvement program, and is unique in that it provides a forum where both faculty and residents can examine areas of failure and in turn put in place mechanisms to avoid repeating mistakes.

Spine Conference - A monthly conference moderated by a musculoskeletal physiatrist specializing in spinal intervention. The forum is case-driven with emphasis on differential diagnosis, radiographic familiarity, and treatment options.

Didactic Lectures - Weekly - Expose residents to fundamental broad concepts in rehabilitation medicine. Practitioners of all medical subspecialties assist to provide lectures on current advances in the field. There are ten modules, i.e. stroke, cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, industrial/ occupational, electrodiagnostics, spinal cord injury, brain injury, pediatrics, orthotics and prosthetics, and geriatrics, spanning eighteen months.

National Conferences - Residents are encouraged to participate at national conferences, specifically AAPM&R and AAP. Reimbursements are available for those residents with publications. (Annually)

General outline of lecture schedule:

  • Introduction to Rehab
  • Neurologic Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Pain Medicine
  • Anatomy course with cadaver dissection
  • Amputations, gait analysis, P&O
  • Cardiovascular/Pulmonology/Medical rehab
  • EMG
  • Pediatric rehab
  • Rehab outcomes
  • Basic Science
  • Mock oral exams 


  • Cadaver dissection
  • Diagnostic ultrasound - Shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, foot, wrist and hand
  • Ultrasound-guided injection cadaver workshops
  • Botox injections - both with EMG machine and ultrasound
  • Spine injection practice under fluoro
  • EMG introduction taught by PGY4s and attendings on 1:1 basis
  • Gait Lab
South East Regional P&O Conference - GME accredited conference