IU School of Medicine



The purpose of this elective is to familiarize the student with a broad-based physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) service. Emphasis will be on developing practical history taking skills, as well as perfection of (neuro) musculoskeletal examination techniques. Functional anatomy will be stressed. The student will be exposed to a wide range of outpatient problems such as low back pain, neck pain, radiculopathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and will learn the basics of electromyography. This elective will be useful for students entering a PM&R residency, for those who would better like to learn to interact with PM&R, and for those interested in functional anatomy.

Elective Details:

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

Director: Nathan Prahlow, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health West Hospital (Avon), IU Health North Hospital (Carmel), The Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, IU Health Neuroscience Center, IU Health University Hospital, US Healthworks Occupational Health Back to Work

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Explain basics of PM&R practice (PC2)
  • 2) Explain basics of musculoskeletal examination (PC1)
  • 3) Explain fundamental principles of electrodiagnosis (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation, Oral Examination)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture

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 963-2011 or wsanni@iupui.edu to add or drop this course.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: We work closely with PT/OT/ST, Psych, Social Workers, and Nursing

Service Learning Included: None