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Residency Program

The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program at the UC Irvine Health School of Medicine is an integrated, three-year program using the facilities of three affiliated hospitals:

  • UC Irvine Medical Center
  • VA Long Beach Healthcare System
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

Our goal is to develop highly knowledgeable, clinically competent physiatrists who are able to function independently in almost any setting after graduation, without additional formal training. There is one exception: inpatient pediatric rehabilitation, which requires additional special training.

The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Residency years

See rotation descriptions: PGY2 | PGY3 | PGY4

Rotations

All PM&R rotations at UC Irvine Health School of Medicine are divided into three-month blocks (approx 10-11 weeks). There are five blocks per year, which allows for a diversity of patient exposures, co-resident interactions, attending teaching styles and practice types.

Didactics

Our didactic sessions are protected educational time that are free from clinical duties and take place every Thursday from 1pm-5pm. These are being held over Zoom video and in person for ultrasound, physical exam, EMG and other procedural workshops. This has allowed us to maintain our academic lectures and gain exposure to other local/national speakers virtually.

Calls

Call throughout all three years of residency is home call, one week at a time from Thursday evening to the following Thursday morning. During a resident's PGY2 year, call is approximately every five weeks.

During a resident's PGY3 and PGY4 years, call is every 10th week. Residents are required to round on their patients on Saturday and Sunday during their on-call week, which is staffed by an attending physician.