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Medical Student Elective Rotations

UCI medical students and visiting medical students are invited to schedule an elective rotation with the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation for a period of two or four weeks on 670A (inpatient) or 670B (outpatient)

During the inpatient rotation (670A), students help manage patients in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) at UCI Medical Center. The ARU is a 14-bed acute rehabilitation unit for patients recovering from acute illnesses such as trauma, stroke, amputation, brain and spinal cord injuries. Medical students participate in daily rounds with a resident and an attending physician. They also participate on the rehab consultation service as a sub-intern. Students are expected to present a topic at the end their rotations. This elective rotation allows medical students to view the daily operations of the inpatient rehabilitation service.

Medical students who elect to do a four-week 670A rotation have the opportunity to rotate to the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where they will rotate on the inpatient rehabilitation unit for one week. They also rotate to the VA Long Beach Healthcare System's musculoskeletal outpatient clinic and are expected to improve their musculoskeletal exam skills. During this rotation, students work directly under a resident. This elective rotation allows medical students to view the daily operations of the inpatient rehabilitation service and to be a part of a very busy outpatient clinic.

During the outpatient (670B) rotation, students will attend outpatient musculoskeletal clinics and a general rehab clinic where they will evaluate patients who have had amputations, brain injuries, strokes, and spinal cord injuries. They will also have the opportunity to observe EMGs and see how therapists treat our patients in the acute rehab unit.

Please see course descriptions for more detailed rotation information:

UCI medical students: Please contact Terri Dean at

Visiting medical students must apply through the American Association of Medical Colleges:  Visiting Student Application Services (VSAS).

  • Please see VSAS website for a list of required items.
  • All documents MUST be uploaded onto VSAS.  

Additional Documents to be uploaded under the "Supplemental Section" on VSAS

  • Personal Statement describing your interests in PM&R (half page)

Please note:  All medical students who participate in an elective rotation will be considered for our residency rank list based on their entire application, their clinical performance during the rotation, and our interactions with them. We will have ample opportunity to get to know each rotating student in depth during their 2–4-week rotations and most will not require additional formal residency interviews.

To schedule a medical student elective rotation, please contact Diana Arsharuni at  

Individuals who are not able to apply via VSAS (such as foreign medical students) can inquire about an observership. Scheduling will be dependent upon space and availability. 

Please feel free to direct any questions about our program to the current chief residents via email: