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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Inspiring Ability, Enhancing Lives

The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) has a strong history of achievement in medical research, education and patient care. PM&R, also known as physiatry, treats conditions involving the body’s nervous and musculoskeletal systems that limit a person’s ability to function. The teaching faculty in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation oversees the only PM&R residency program in the state of Indiana and are eager to uphold the mission of educating the country’s next generation of physiatrists.


To empower ability through high quality and state-of-the-art rehabilitation care, education, and research.


A community where individuals with disability have consistent access to high quality, person-centered care informed by leading edge research and sustained by timely, relevant education.


We are ABLE

Attitude: Our attitude is infused by professionalism with compassion, empathy, courtesy, cultural awareness, positivity, encouragement, open-mindedness, problem solving, and determination.

Belief: We believe the best outcomes are achieved through continual pursuit beyond the bounds of limitations and obstacles.

Leading edge: We create optimal outcomes for our patients and trainees through high quality care, clinical expertise, state-of-the-art resources, and translation of research into practice.

Excellence: We provide exceptional experiences to our patients, learners, and colleagues by being adaptable, innovative, accountable, and focusing on continuous improvement of ourselves, each other and our processes.

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In addition to training PM&R residents, nationally known physiatry faculty dedicate significant time to teaching residents of other specialties as well as medical students.



Physiatry faculty are active in medical research and have published numerous books, book chapters and peer-reviewed research publications in this field of medicine.

Clinical Care

Our faculty see patients across the entire spectrum of physiatry, from acute care to outpatient clinics.  

Committed to Diversity

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation aims to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are central to all we do. Our commitment to diversity includes race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, religion, socio-economic status, age, geography of origin and residence, sexual orientation, disability, work style and other aspects of human attributes and behaviors. We offer focused, systematic and sustained programs that are aligned with the three foundational pillars: representational diversity, inclusive working and learning environment, and cultural competence.

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Residency Program

Residency training in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation begins with an internship year dedicated to fundamental clinical skills and then moves to focused rotations for 3 years. Residents are exposed to various clinical settings, including acute and subacute rehabilitation, as well as multidisciplinary outpatient clinics. Rotation examples include stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal, interventional pain, EMG, comprehensive spasticity, ultrasound, ALS, amputee care, and consults.

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4 Years of Physiatrist Residency Training
8 Affiliated Clinical Facilities
6 Medical Specialties Related to PM&R

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Flora Hammond, MD

Chair, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

The work of Flora Hammond, MD, focuses on long-term rehabilitation and treatment for traumatic brain injury patients at one of only 16 TBI model systems in the United States.

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James F. Malec, PhD

Senior Research Professor Emeritus of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

James Malec, PhD, is active in groups involved with the concerns of people with brain injuries, including the Brain Injury Association, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the International Neuropsychological Society.

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