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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Training

The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency at the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute and the Department of PM&R at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine was established in 1958 and is one of the oldest PM&R training programs in the nation. However, it’s our commitment to connect the latest research to real life, making advances in medicine available to every person through our system’s focus on health equity, that makes MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute an exciting place to learn.

Our resident graduates consistently perform well on the ABPMR Board Certification Exams and have been consistently successful in securing fellowship positions or finding practice opportunities in both private and academic settings.


Passing rate on Part I of the ABPMR Board Certification Exams (5-year rolling cycle)


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program in the U.S., as ranked by Doximity

One of

the best

for patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury and traumatic spinal cord injury, per U.S. News and World Report 

One of the top


for NIH rehabilitation research funding

Why Train with Us

  • 25 full-time, board-certified faculty
  • Free-standing MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute
  • 57 inpatient rehabilitation beds on three specialized floors: brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke
  • Certified Level One Trauma and Burn Center for all of Northeastern Ohio—giving residents exposure to a large number of varied trauma cases
  • Ohio’s only Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems and one of only 18 in the country, putting us at the forefront of spinal cord injury care and cutting-edge clinical research
  • Outpatient clinics focus on stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal/sports, pain, amputee management, lymphedema, concussion, electrodiagnosis, spasticity management, ultrasound-guided injections and interventional spine procedures
  • Rotations include Cleveland Clinic (musculoskeletal/sports medicine), the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation (inpatient/outpatient pediatric rehab), and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC for (inpatient care, outpatient clinics and electrodiagnosis)

Our Faculty

You’ll train under faculty who are leaders in their own right. Their work is enhancing how we deliver care and improve patient quality of life. Their collective contributions have resulted in many presentations, published articles, book chapters, awards and, most notably, the next generations of clinicians and researchers.

Meet Our Faculty

Curriculum & Application Process

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program at MetroHealth accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service, beginning September 15 through December 23 for a residency position that begins the following year.

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We offer one-year, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited fellowships in three key areas:

Brain Injury Fellowship
  • Specialized training in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries
  • Rotations through The MetroHealth Medical Center, The Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Medical Center (Regional Polytrauma Network) and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • 1 fellow annually
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Pain Medicine Fellowship
  • Training in comprehensive and interventional pain medicine
  • Rotations through Anesthesiology, Neurology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Spine Surgery, as well as  Addiction Medicine, Cancer Pain and Palliative Medicine
  • 4 fellows annually
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Spinal Cord Injury Fellowship
  • Unique opportunity to work in a designated Spinal Cord Injury Model System Center
  • Exposure to all our SCI research programs, particularly our state-of-the-art Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) technology
  • 2 fellows annually
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MetroHealth’s researchers are at the forefront of FES technology

Their innovative work and life-changing device are helping to restore function for people who experience paralysis.

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Learn how our research is improving lives!