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Physical Medicine Rehabilitation Residency (PM&R)

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s Neurosurgery Department is home to the UNM-Lovelace Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency. The accredited program focuses on restoring a patient’s overall function – physically, emotionally, socially and vocationally. Residents will finish the program as proficient, well-rounded and compassionate physiatrists.  

Unique Opportunities

As a resident, you’ll have some of the most extensive outpatient musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostic experience available in a PM&R residency. Some unique opportunities for residents include:

  • Working in sports medicine with the UNM Lobo athletic teams
  • Extensive training in ultrasound for neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Strong experience in occupational medicine clinics
  • Early exposure to interventional and rehabilitative pain programs

Multifaceted Training

Regardless of your career path, you’ll be trained in the full spectrum of physical medicine and rehabilitation, from traumatic brain and spinal cord injury to electromyography and industrial, pain and musculoskeletal medicine.

Residents benefit from organized instruction and supervised clinical work by a devoted and experienced faculty. As a resident, you’ll be exposed to a wide range of unsurpassed inpatient and outpatient PM&R experiences that truly reflect the diversity of the field, including:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Brain injury
  • Amputee care
  • Spine health
  • Sports medicine
  • Pain management
  • Electrodiagnosis
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Occupational medicine

The program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, also integrates unique opportunities in research, community outreach, quality improvement, and teaching and curriculum development.

The program currently offers a total of five resident and intern positions per year.

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Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations provide residents with outstanding, hands-on learning across a variety of disciplines in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The rotation schedule is designed to optimize patient-provider continuity while also maximizing the learner’s experience and knowledge retention. The schedule is divided into 10 five- to six-week blocks per year. 

Rotations are divided between inpatient and outpatient responsibilities. Two blocks of elective rotations are permitted during the PGY3 and PGY4 years.

Principal rotations occur across four clinical sites:

  • University of New Mexico Hospital and Clinics
  • UNM Carrie Tingley Hospital
  • Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital, a 62-bed acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital that provides comprehensive, patient-centered rehabilitative care.
  • Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center, one of only 24 designated VA Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders Systems of Care in the country.


The residency program provides extensive didactic teaching to supplement and enhance the residents’ clinical education. Formal learning opportunities include an organized, 18-month didactic curriculum that comprises the core areas of physiatric practice.

Weekly didactic sessions take place for three to four hours, and residents are free of clinical duties during this time to focus on their learning.

In addition, a six-week anatomy and ultrasound curriculum recur annually for all residents. Finally, residents are expected to participate in monthly grand rounds, journal clubs, quality improvement and M&M conferences, as well as rotation-specific lectures and learning sessions.

Scholarly Activity

All residents are expected to participate in at least one scholarly project and one quality improvement project over the course of their residency. Education in research design and methods as well as quality improvement processes is provided by way of formal didactic sessions throughout the year.

Scholarly activities include original work in clinical or scientific research, education or curriculum development, biomedical design, or a community outreach project. Projects are developed and implemented under the guidance of a faculty mentor. In this manner, residents have an opportunity to contribute to an area of personal significance while also forming meaningful and lasting relationships with their mentor(s).

For more information on the PM&R residency, send an email to Rebecca Lindley, Residency Program Coordinator, or call 505-925-7569.

Visiting Students

Two PM&R rotations are open to visiting students – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sport and Spine Rehabilitation.

For more information, check with the UNM School of Medicine Office of Education’s course catalog.