School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Program Goals

I. Acquire and maintain medical knowledge and apply it to patient care in a Compassionate, appropriate, and effective manner as follows:

Achieve attitudes and psychomotor skills to:

  • Take a proper physiatric history.
  • Perform general and specific physiatric examinations and procedures
  • Make sound clinical judgments.
  • Design rehabilitation treatment programs.
  • Effectively coordinate and lead a rehabilitation team.

Continue self-evaluation and life-long learning.

Achieve proficiency in electromyography, and other techniques and instrumentation used in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, including joint injections and Baclofen Pump management.     

Achieve proficiency in the care of inpatients.

  • Achieve proficiency in the care of patients with TBI, SCI, musculoskeletal disorders and industrial injuries.
  • Ninety percent of residents will pass Parts I and II of the ABPM&R examination.
  • Residents will be trained in all areas identified as required in the RRC Program requirements.


II. Become effective communicators.

  • Achieve proficiency in communicating with all health care professionals.
  • Become capable of coordinating a health care team to address the totality of the patient needs.
  • Become capable of communicating and coordinating with other physicians for the treatment of patient’s health problems and functional loss.

III. Achieve proficiency in evaluating one’s own patient care, become able to appraise scientific evidence.

  • Become adept at reading the scientific medical literature and applying it to patient care.
  • Become capable of evaluating their patient care and making adjustments in their treatment regimen based on patient outcomes.


IV. Display professional behavior.

  • Adhere to all ethical principles of medical care, and regularly evaluate those principles.
  • Achieve sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
  • Perform as responsible physicians in care of patients and in relationship to other physicians and health care professionals.


V. Demonstrate knowledge of system-based practice

  • Be aware of the insurance issues related to patient treatment.
  • Learn what constitutes effective office management and office systems.
  • Become capable of using and directing health care resources to optimize. patient management and care.