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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Training Program at NSLIJ

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Training Program

The Residency Training Program at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System has recently undergone substantial and beneficial change. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has become an independent academic department under the leadership of Adam Stein, MD, the chairman of the department. Dr. Stein, a nationally known expert in spinal cord injury medicine, served as Residency Program Director at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine for 10 years prior to his appointment at North Shore-LIJ. Dr. Stein continues to be dedicated to medical education at the resident and medical student level.

The residency training program is now directed by Matthew Shatzer, DO. Dr. Shatzer, board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and spinal cord injury medicine, is dedicated to ensuring that the program meets the educational needs of all of the residents. Dr. Shatzer arrives at North Shore-LIJ by way of Johns Hopkins University, where he completed his residency,and the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, where he completed his spinal cord injury fellowship and where he worked as a faculty member for six years.

The Residency Training Program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is an ACGME-accredited three-year program. The program offers comprehensive training in all aspects of physical medicine and rehabilitation, including out-patient musculoskeletal rehabilitation, acute and subacute in-patient rehabilitation, electrodiagnosis, interventional physiatry and consultations in the acute hospital. The program employs 12 residents, with four residents per year being recruited through the Electronic Residency Application Service. Prior to entry into the program, residents acquire basic clinical skills through an accredited internship according to the requirements of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

In addition to the clinical aspects of training, residents learn through protected weekly didactic sessions, which include lectures, case conferences and journal clubs. Cadaveric dissection provides a review of relevant anatomy as well as an opportunity to practice procedural skills. Elective time is provided in the PGY 3 and PGY four years to enhance the resident's exposure to particular areas of interest. A scholarly work must be completed some time during the three years of training.

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