School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine


The mission of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Oakwood at the Wayne State University School of Medicine is to advance the field of musculoskeletal and rehabilitation medicine through the education of medical students, residents, other healthcare professionals, and the public in general; a process which utilizes basic science and clinical research, as well as excellent patient care, while improving the quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities.

By integrating our skills, knowledge and enthusiasm, we will be a premier academic program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Our high quality faculty and staff utilize state-of-the-art facilities to provide the finest in research, teaching, and patient care.

Quick Facts

  • One of the largest PM & R residencies in the State of Michigan.Three board certified faculty members in Brain Injury Medicine
  • Fully accredited by the ACGME.
  • 100% Board exam pass rate for our 2014 graduates.
  • Established a Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Program in 2014.
  • Services a market area of 1.0 million people.
  • Residents and Faculty submitted more poster presentations than any other PM&R program for two straight years at the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) Annual Meeting.
  • Graduates receive distinguished fellowships at Mayo Clinic, Harvard and Cleveland Clinic.
  • The program utilizes participatory management with residents taking lead roles in department, hospital, and Wayne State University School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Committees to prepare them to practice in a vertically integrated healthcare system of the future.
  • Residency founded in April, 2009.
  • Residents participate in Quality Improvement Projects as a requirement for graduation.
  • Residents and faculty come from a diverse background and serve in a culturally diverse community.
  • Our premier residency program prepares its graduates through innovative leadership training to be competent and compassionate physicians, and inspires them to be of service to others

The Wayne State University Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Oakwood Residency Program is accredited by the ACGME and was named the Clinical Program of the Year for 2012 by Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. The 14-bed specialty Oakwood Rehabilitation Trauma Unit at Oakwood Heritage Hospital in Taylor was designed for traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and neurological trauma patients. “We’ve been able to assemble a team that is both diverse as well as having the multiple complex specialties that may be involved in these patients in their continuum of care,” said Jay Meythaler, M.D., J.D., Program Chair and Director of the Rehabilitation Trauma Unit and member of the Wayne State University Physician Group.

The program is one of the new PM&R programs that includes four resident slots per year at PGY-1 to PGY-4. The residency program boasts of a full team of specialists, experts and leaders, including in the areas of amputee services, electrodiagnostic testing, geriatric rehabilitation, musculoskeletal disorders, neck and back pain, spasticity management services, spinal cord injuries, sports injuries, stroke rehabilitation, transplant rehabilitation and brain injury medicine. The program includes 24-7 physician coverage, 365 days per year, with high-quality faculty and staff utilizing state-of-the-art facilities, including all private rooms and same-floor CT, MRI and intensive care unit to provide the finest in research, teaching and patient care. Participating sites include Oakwood Hospital (Taylor, Dearborn), John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, and the Oakwood Center for Exceptional Families and Children.


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Jay M. Meythaler, J.D., M.D.

Administrative Assistant
Beverly J. Feikens
(313) 438-7379

John C. Elliott, M.H.A.

Academic Office:
Wayne State University
Department of Physical Medical and Rehabilitation - Oakwood
Oakwood Hospital Taylor
10000 Telegraph Rd.
Taylor, MI 48180

Directions to Oakwood Hospital Taylor

Map and directions to Oakwood Hospital Taylor | Oakwood Hospital Taylor campus map

Please enter via the behavioral health entrance, go to the elevators, then proceed to the basement Wayne State University medical education offices

Michelle C. Brock, M.A.
Senior Residency Program Coordinator
Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 313-375-7226 | Fax: 313-375-7225

Victoria Pope, B.S.
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 313-375-7227

For patient appointments call:
(313) 438-7373 (Dearborn)
(248) 465-0100 (Novi)
(734) 284-0865 (Southgate)