Training for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
St. Charles Hospital hosts a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program on behalf of Stony Brook University Medical School. The program offers recent medical school graduates comprehensive clinical training, hands-on procedural experience and highly structured didactics in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings.
Jennifer Gray, Program Director
Dennis Lawney, Program Coordinator
About Our PM&R Residency Program
As the only Long Island hospital holding accreditation for both inpatient and outpatient medical rehabilitation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), St. Charles Hospital accepts three new residents per year.
Our limited size offers recent medical school graduates the individualized attention they seek, including a 1:1 resident-to-attending ratio on most rotations. It also gives our residents more opportunities to perform procedures.
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program is an advanced program. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) only.
Clinical rotations occur at three institutions:
- St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY)
- Stony Brook University Medical Center (Stony Brook, NY)
- Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Northport, NY)
Residents perform the majority of their residency at St. Charles Hospital, which is located on Long Island's North Shore, between New York City and the world-renown beaches and vineyards of eastern Long Island.
At St. Charles Hospital, residents train extensively in orthopedic and neurologic rehabilitation for adults and children. They also gain experience in outpatient rehabilitation medicine, including in general private practice physiatry, pediatric physiatry, spasticity clinic, The Muscular Dystrophy Care Center at St. Charles Hospital, and at St. Charles Hospital's ThinkSMART! Concussion Management Center.
Residents complete a two-month rotation in interventional spine at nearby Stony Brook Medical Center, where they work 1:1 with faculty and gain hands-on procedural experience. They subsequently complete rotations in neuromuscular diseases and electrodiagnosis (EMG). Residents can elect to spend time in various other areas, including neurology and orthopedics.
Residents concentrate on outpatient rehabilitation, gaining experience in general physiatry, equipment clinic, orthotics and prosthetics, electrodiagnosis (EMG), botulinum toxin injection, pain management, peripheral joint and trigger point injections, telemedicine, and ultrasound guided injections.
Overview of Evaluations
- Residents are evaluated at mid-rotation and end rotation by supervising faculty.
- Residents are expected to present at least two lectures annually, which are evaluated by the faculty and their peers.
- Examinations are given every one to two months at a minimum frequency of six times per year consisting of both written and oral exams covering the content of the didactic curriculum.
- Each January, all residents take the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Self-Assessment Examination, which assesses strengths and weaknesses in medical knowledge. The results are used to help guide a resident's study plans and move them forward toward passing the American Board Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Examination.
- Residents meet with the program director two times per year to review their evaluations for a summary review.