Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


By the end of the rotation the clinical clerk should be able to:

  • Assess a patient from a holistic perspective with an emphasis on the patient's functional limitations;
  • Demonstrate a basic musculoskeletal and neurological examination;
  • Participate in patient care as a member of an interdisciplinary team;
  • Be aware of the care needs of the disabled population. Once they live in community;
  • Indicate which patients might benefit from a referral to a physiatrist.


This rotation has been structured to ensure students achieve some basic objectives but with sufficient flexibility to allow students to pursue areas of specific interest within physical medicine and rehabilitation. Students have a primary supervisor with whom they spend approximately half of their time. This supervisor is determined by the specific interests expressed by the student. The remainder of their time is spent with one or more secondary supervisors, ensuring a general exposure to physiatry.

Learning methods are varied and may include attendance at clinics, ward rounds, team meetings, and patient therapy sessions, literature searches, and interactive teaching sessions. Evaluation is based on achievement of objectives agreed to by the student and supervisor.

Supervisor(s): Primary supervisors are assigned based on specific areas of interest, although exposure to basic physiatry is available though all supervisors.

Pediatrics: Dr. Anna McCormick
Stroke: Drs. Yang, M. Acharya, H. Finestone
Prosthetics: Dr. N. Dudek
Spinal Cord Injury: Dr. Vidya Sreenivasan
Musculoskeletal: Drs. G. Trudel, G. Wolff, S. Wiebe
Acquired Brain Injury: Dr. S. Marshall

Program Director: Dr. Deanna Quon
Program Assistant: Crystal Adam
Location: The primary supervisors are located at the Rehabilitation Centre or Elizabeth Bruyere Health Centre (EBHC)
Duration: Electives are between 2-4 weeks in duration.
No. of Students: 3 - 4
Available for: 3rd and 4th year students

University of Ottawa Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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