Musculoskeletal education in physical medicine and rehabilitation residency programs: Graduating resident perspective

Brian J. Krabak, Jennifer Baima, Jay Smith

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OBJECTIVES: To characterize graduating physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) residents physicians' perceptions of their current musculoskeletal (MSK) training, to identify barriers perceived by resident physicians to improving MSK education experiences, and to compare the views of resident physicians with those of PM&R residency program directors. DESIGN: Fourth-year PM&R residents graduating in 2004 whose program directors attended the 2004 Association of Academic Physiatrists annual meeting were asked to complete an MSK education survey developed by the authors. Data were compared with a previous MSK education survey that had been completed by PM&R residency program directors. RESULTS: Ninety-three of 156 (61%) fourth-year PM&R residents responded after multiple contacts. According to residents, the most frequently used MSK education formats during residency were MSK lecture series, MSK journal clubs, and MSK workshops. Potential barriers to improved MSK education during residency included staff, money, and time. If given unlimited resources, most residents would greatly increase the use of visiting lecturers, MSK workshops, and MSK lecture series. CONCLUSION: Graduating PM&R residents as well as residency program directors indicated a strong interest in expanding resident MSK education through the use of visiting lecturers. Differences were noted with respect to the use of hands-on learning (i.e., MSK workshops [residents]) vs. passive learning (i.e., CD ROMS/DVDs and videos [program directors]). Both groups described that limited resources including staff, money, and time are barriers to resident MSK education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-498
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2007


  • Curriculum
  • Education
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Residency Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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