Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
College of Osteopathic Medicine

This is Mary Free Bed at Sparrow

carmThe mission of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is to provide excellent clinical care, education, and research in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, leading to optimum quality of life for individuals with physical disabilities.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation focuses on restoration of the body and mind after trauma or disease has occurred. In some cases the restoration is ongoing and the goal is to teach the patient how to live and cope with the effects of pain, or lack of function, and lead a full and productive life to the greatest extent possible.

Clinically, restoration and rehabilitation can be accomplished in different ways. Our philosophy is to assess a patient's bio/psycho/social needs and determine which diagnostic and treatment methods will provide the patient with the highest level of functional outcome. The approach is often inter-disciplinary.

Academically, we teach medical students basic treatment and assessment techniques and methods used in rehabilitation, along with advanced knowledge of anatomy. We train residents in the practice of physiatry and the diagnostic art of electromyography (EMG). We also offer a fellowship program to physicians desiring a refined knowledge of EMG and pain management.

Explore this website and meet our department members; learn about our residency training program and other academic endeavors; investigate out the research projects completed and underway, and observe our COM clinical practices.


American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine


American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine 2015 Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii

Mary Free Bed at Sparrow

Sparrow Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital have joined together to create Mary Free Bed at Sparrow, a joint venture providing advanced inpatient rehabilitation care for mid-Michigan patients. The rehabilitation unit at Sparrow includes 40 private patient rooms and two therapy gymnasiums. Enjoy this Grand Opening video, and hear directly from the first patients to benefit from our collaboration.

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2014 Distinguished Physician Award: Michael T. Andary, MD, MS

Dr. Andary ImageThe AANEM Distinguished Physician Award recognizes a member’s superior achievements as a clinician, educator, and association volunteer. Dr. Michael T. Andary, an outstanding physician and leader in electrodiagnostic medicine, is the 2014 recipient of this award.

A past AANEM president, Dr. Andary participated in many committees including Finance, Annual Meeting Coordination, Program, and Professional Practice; he continues as a member of the Normative Data Task Force. He has served as an examiner for the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine for many years and as a member of its Board of Directors from 2002-2004 and 2013-14. He also has served on the editorial boards of Muscle & Nerve and Clinical Neurophysiology and regularly reviews for numerous journals.

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East Lansing, MI Doctor Receives Award at AOCPMR’s Conclave of Fellows

Dr. Prokop ImageThe American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is pleased to announce that, at the Conclave of Fellows, Lawrence Prokop, D.O. has been honored with the Distinguished Fellow Award of the College. This honor is conferred upon a very limited number of highly distinguished American Osteopathic Association certified specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who meet specified criteria for consideration and who have achieved regional, national,

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Donald Stanton, D.O. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Endowment Fund.donation icon