|Description and Goals for Course:
||This course offers the participant an opportunity to learn to diagnose and treat disability secondary to disease. Emphasis is on recognition of functional impairment in ambulation and self-care activities. The participant learns the roles of the physiatrist: primary physician for patients residing on the inpatient rehabilitation unit; consultant to the patient's primary physician; member of the rehabilitation team. As a member of the multidisciplinary team, he/she learns the roles and contributions of the various health professions in comprehensive patient care including physiatrists, psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists, vocational evaluators and counselors, rehabilitation nurses, and physical, occupational and recreational therapists.
Working closely with the faculty, he/she will learn functional evaluation of disability, including gait analysis, and manual muscle testing, pain management, goal setting, and rehabilitation program direction. The participant will rotate on the outpatient service, inpatient consult service and rehabilitation bed service. The rehabilitation bed service permits involvement in the progress of the patient from functional dependence to functional independence. He/she will participate in the multi-disciplinary prosthetic and orthotic clinics.
Opportunity is offered to be part of the team approach to long term care, home care programs, pediatric and geriatric programs and the special programs in cardiac rehabilitation and head trauma rehabilitation. Special instruction is provided in electromyography and other electrodiagnostic procedures. Close cooperation with other departments of hospital results in broadening the learning experience. The course offers an opportunity to participate in modern methods in delivery of health care and rehabilitation to ambulatory patients from the community, as well as inpatients.
The student may elect additional four week periods, which will enable him/her to put into practice, in close association with the faculty, the skills acquired. The program is flexible in that emphasis may be varied in accordance with interests and career goals of the student.