Chief residency in PM and R: A balance of education and administration

Mark A. Young, Steven A. Stiens, Powen Hsu

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The role of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM and R) chief resident (CR) in physiatry residency education programs is the subject of annual deliberation in many academic centers. A national survey of PM and R programs was conducted to determine CR number, selection method, responsibilities, duration of service, and postresidency destiny. The questionnaire generated a response rate of 86% with 90% of programs reporting 1-3 CRs per year. A range of 1-11 CRs were selected annually per program. The most common methods of CR selection were faculty vote (45%), combined resident-faculty vote (22%), and other (33%). The prevalence of administrative responsibilities included orienting new residents (97%), formulating call schedules (92%), dispute mediation (88%), medical student- residency interviews (87%), rotation schedule configuration (64%), faculty meeting participation (61%), social event promotion (59%), and elective and externship schedule development (31%). Educational duties included teaching and organizing didactics (87%), organizing pharmaceutical and rehabilitation equipment inservices (77%), arranging didactics (77%), board review coordination (72%), arranging grand round speakers (66%), core curriculum lectures (61%), and facilitating resident research (37%). CR career goals included group practice (48%), academic faculty (29%), solo practice (5%), and fellowship (18%). Overall, PM and R CRs maintain considerable involvement in the educational aspects of residency training, although their clinical and administrative duties predominate. Although the PM and R CRs contribute significantly to the academic growth and development of their respective training programs, only a modest percentage (47%) of CRs choose to remain in academic physiatry via an attending (29%) or fellowship (18%) position.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-262
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 1996


  • Chief Residency
  • Education
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • Internship and Residency
  • Medical Graduate
  • Organization and Administration
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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