Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship - NEW!

The Wayne State University School of Medicine Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship has been awarded full accreditation by the ACGME!

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WSU Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Receives Full Accreditation

Registration for the BIM Fellowship Match will open in the fall of 2017 with NRMP. 

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Brain Injury Medicine (BIM) Fellowship accredited by the ACGME, and the only accredited BIM Fellowship in the State of Michigan, is designed to provide basic and advanced knowledge and experience in the field of traumatic brain injury.

The program will familiarize the fellow with all aspects of the clinical practice, treatment, and rehabilitation strategies, including professional clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings.

The program also includes a research component that emphasizes scholarship and original contributions to the study of traumatic brain injury while reinforcing publication and presentation skills, as well as providing experience in the administrative aspects of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

This fellowship is 12 months in duration, commencing in July of each academic year. Applications may be submitted in October of each year.

The Traumatic Brain Injury Fellowship will focus on the prevention of brain injury and the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of individuals with acquired brain injury. Patients often require intervention from a multidisciplinary treatment team, speech language pathology, psychotherapists, neuropsychologists, recreation therapy, home care and case manager support, in addition to other physicians for related or chronic injuries.

Fellows receive BIM clinical training and have protected time for academic work including a wide range of options for involvement in teaching and clinical research.



Selection Criteria

Applicants for the Brain Injury Fellowship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in their last year of residency or completed their residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
  • Successful completion of USMLE or COMLEX.
  • US citizenship or permanent legal resident.

Successful applicants demonstrate a clear interest in Brain Injury Medicine, strong history of academic excellence, resilience and ability to work in diverse teams.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible candidates will have successfully completed a Residency, and be Board Eligible or Board Certified, in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

* Preference will be given to Physiatrists

The intention to pursue an academic career is strongly desired, but not required.

Application Process
Link to NRMP BIM Fellowship Match

Applicants for the BIM Fellowship will be expected to submit a letter of interest, C.V. and three professional letters of references to the BIM Fellowship Program Director, Riley M. Smith, M.D. The BIM Fellowship application process will begin in Setpember, 2017. BIM Fellowship Interviews are offered by Invitation only on department designated days.

The deadline for all application materials to be received by the program is November 1, 2017.


Brain Injury Medicine Fellow Selection Policy WSU SOM PM & R-Oakwood

1. Residents who are interested in applying to the WSU SOM PM & R-Oakwood Brain Injury Fellowship must apply beginning September, 2017.

The program code which applicants will use to rank the program is 1361347F0.

Our fellowship accepts one fellow position each year. Candidates will be contacted by the Program Coordinator to arrange for a personal interview with faculty leadership, staff and chief residents. Interviews are offered by invitation only between October and December.

  • BIM Application Form
  • Copy of all resident Milestones scores from previous residency academic years sent directly by your residency program to our program coordinator.
  • Copy of Dean's Letter from Medical School
  • 3 Letter of recommendation (LORs), (including 1 from PM&R faculty)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical School Diploma 
  • USMLE or COMLEX reports
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • ECGMG Certificate (if foreign graduate)-all foreign medical graduates must have completed one year of training, practicing as a physician in the USA
  • Applicants must pass a background and reference check as a condition of employment per institution policy, and must adhere to the Oakwood non-nicotine hiring policy.

2. Due to the WSU SOM institutional policies, the WSU SOM PM&R-Oakwood Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship cannot sponsor visas. 
Proof of current VISA status is required per our institution. If currently applying for exchange visitor visa (J-1) they must also provide a CV and ministry of health letter from home government per WSU SOM policy.

3. Candidates for our Brain Injury Fellowship must have strong interpersonal skills, academic excellence, clinical competence and the highest professional and ethical standards. Successful candidates possess a strong work ethic and a commitment to research and leadership training.

Graduate Medical Education (GME) at Wayne State University (WSU), is an essential element of a diverse and rich academic environment encompassing many specialties and subspecialties in the practice of medicine.The mission of the WSU School of Medicine is to provide the Michigan community with medical and biotechnical resources, in the form of scientific knowledge and trained professionals, so as to improve the overall health of the community. According to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the GME experience is the period following educational training in an organized medical school or college and prepares the physician for independent practice (also referred to as residency training).At WSU we believe that GME encompasses more than just these few years of training. The WSU School of Medicine is committed to educating graduate residents and fellows who are properly prepared to be effective practitioners and to fulfill their professional roles in the context of people's needs. GME provides service to our communities, support to our peers, training to our residents, and extends our medical knowledge, compassion and skills toward our mission of patient safety and quality healthcare for today and tomorrow. Our residency programs directly impact the lives of thousands through patient care, but most importantly our educational mission reaches beyond the hospitals to the community. Graduate Medical Education at WSU produces exceptional physicians who are committed to provide outstanding care to the communities we serve including not only the city of Detroit and the surrounding metropolitan area, but the state of Michigan and beyond.

View additional information about the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship

Primary mentorship is provided by:

Riley M. Smith, M.D.  – BIM Program Director, Assistant Professor
Kenneth F. Casey, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor
Darren R. Fuerst, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor
Steven R. Hinderer, M.D., M.S.,PT - Residency Director, Associate Professor
Johnathan Ho, M.D., Associate Residency Director, Assistant Professor
Lawrence Horn, M.D., Professor
Youngmin Liu, M.D. Assistant Professor
Jean D. Peduzzi-Nelson, Ph.D., Co-Research Director, Associate Professor
P. Tyler Roskos, Ph.D. ABPP, Research Director and QI Director, Associate Clinical Professor

Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Rotation Schedule

PM&R resident Dr. Michael Kasprzak named Brain Injury Medicine fellow


For questions, to submit application materials, including where to mail letters of recommendation, or for additional information please contact:

Riley M. Smith, MD
Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Program Director
Beaumont Hospital - Taylor
10000 Telegraph Road
Taylor, MI 48180
Phone: 313-375-7227
Fax: 313-375-7225