IU School of Medicine



Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, also referred to as PM&R and Physiatry, is a medical specialty concerned with diagnosing, evaluating and treating patients with limited function as a consequence of diseases, injuries, impairments and/or disabilities. Emphasis is placed on maximal restoration of the physical, psychological, social and vocational functions of the persons and/or the maintenance of health and the prevention of secondary complications of disability; and or alleviation of pain. Physiatrists have special training in therapeutic exercise and physical modalities; prostheses, orthoses, and the use of other durable medical equipment; gait analysis; diagnostic and therapeutic injections; electrodiagnostic studies; and rehabilitation management. This elective will provide a fundamental knowledge of the principles of PM&R through patient care and didactic discussion. The student will have exposure to a broad range of adult patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal and neurologic diseases. Diagnoses such as stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and orthopedic/musculoskeletal/amputee rehabilitation will be managed in an inpatient setting. Patients will be seen at The Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. The student will gain familiarity with the disciplines of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and rehab psychology, and develop proficiency in prescribing these therapies. At the conclusion of the elective, the student will be able to evaluate the needs of simple and complex rehabilitation patients and prescribe an appropriate treatment plan. No night call or weekends are required during this elective.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Yemi Sanni (wsanni@iupui.edu)

Director: Kyle A. Littell, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Rehabilitation Hospital of IN (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Explain the objectives of PM&R physician care and its role in enhancing function and life (P1)
  • 2) Communicate and work effectively with the healthcare team, patient, and families (SBP1)
  • 3) Understand what are appropriate criteria for admission to inpatient rehabilitation (SBP3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Yemi Sanni (wsanni@iupui.edu) After initial computer scheduling, contact Yemi Sanni at 317-963-2011 or wsanni@iupui.edu Scheduled students must contact Yemi Sanni at least 1 week prior to start date COURSE MAY BE ADDED/DROPPED WITHIN FIFTEEN DAYS NOTICE TO THE DEAN'S OFFICE.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: we work closely with Nursing, PT/OT/ST, Psychologists, Pharmacists, Dietitians, and Care Coordinators.

Service Learning Included: None