Program Letter



2022 Match Application Process


There is one basic pathway to apply for all positions and that is through ERAS

We are currently recruiting for four NRMP PGY- 1 slots, to start July 1, 2022

Our interview process will start in late November and will end in early January. Students who have rotated with us do not need to come back to East Lansing for an interview. We will arrange to finish the interview process by telephone, likely in mid-January.

For medical students looking to do a visiting rotation:

VSAS opens April 1st. PM&R can be difficult to find on VSLO.  Here are the instructions to assist you:

  1. Login
  2. Click the “Fint Electives” tab – top of page
  3. Use drop down menu under “Institution” and find:"Michigan State Univ-Lansing"
  4. Click “Apply Filters”

It never works when students type in PM&R for the specialty – leave that blank.

For MSU CHM medical students looking to do a rotation:

Your contact is Christy Stehouwer (

For MSU COM medical students looking to do a rotation:

Your contact is Ridge Boedeker (

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program Information

Medical rehabilitation is global in scope, viewing the person in a holistic manner. In addition to medical issues, attention is directed to cognitive, social, psychological, and economic problems, which are often more disabling than physical impairments. The goals of medical rehabilitation are to alleviate or minimize disability from handicapping conditions, improve quality of life and self-esteem, and to transform dependence to independence. Our faculty is dedicated to providing quality clinical service to persons with disabilities by utilizing the latest research and innovative delivery methods.

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation participates in the following programs: brain injury rehabilitation; chronic pain rehabilitation; pain management; interventional pain management; electrodiagnosis; osteopathic manipulative medicine; botulinum toxin injections; general inpatient rehabilitation; inpatient and outpatient consultations; physical therapy; occupational therapy; speech-language pathology; biofeedback; disability evaluation; neuropsychology and psychology evaluation; vocational evaluation, work skills development and job placement; work-place ergonomic assessments; family education; and communication services. Additional services available on a consultative basis include audiology, orthotics/prosthetics, and rehabilitation engineering/technology.

Clinical Component: The residency clinical experience includes general inpatient rehabilitation, specialized training in spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain disability, electrodiagnostic medicine, manual medicine training, outpatient experiences in general rehabilitation, musculoskeletal medicine, ward supervision, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and rehabilitation consultation. Required out-rotations include osteopathic manipulative medicine, urology, neurology, orthopedics, rheumatology, sports medicine, occupational medicine, podiatry, and prosthetics/orthotics.  In addition to the required out rotations listed above, four weeks of research time can be worked into the rotations.

Didactic Component: Residents participate in a regularly scheduled, cyclic PM&R didactic instructional series covering all the major content areas in the discipline of PM&R. Other regularly scheduled didactic activities include:

A. Monthly inpatient rehabilitation Grand Rounds

B. Monthly Journal Club

C. Neurorehabilitation conference

D. Neuromusculoskeletal Anatomy class

E. EMG conference

F. Research Modules

G. Educational modules

H. Osteopathic Manipulation didactics

I. Traumatic Brain Injury (Origami) didactics

J. Monthly Neuromuscular Pathology conference

Additional didactics can be tailored to a resident’s patient population and personal interests. Training/experience in academic presentations and teaching skills is provided.

Research: Research and scholarly productivity is encouraged and supported. A required structured module system teaches our residents research methodology. Each resident is required to either conduct original research, participate in a joint research project, participate with a project already in progress, or write a review paper suitable for publication. Mentorship for research projects is available.

Affiliated Facilities:

Mary Free Bed at Sparrow Hospital Lansing MI: Inpatient Rehabilitation (40 beds), EMG Clinics Pediatric Rehabilitation, outpatient rotations, and Senior Resident Continuity Clinic

McLaren Hospital of Greater Lansing, MI: Inpatient consults, EMG Clinic

McLaren Hospital Flint, MI: Inpatient Rehabilitation, Pain Medicine and Outpatient PM&R, Interventional Pain Management

Mary Free Bed Hospital Grand Rapids MI: Inpatient Rehabilitation primarily Spinal Cord Injury, TBI and Pediatric Rehabilitation

MSU Spine Center East Lansing MI: Outpatient Pain Medicine, Interventional Pain Management, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, OMM, Sports Medicine, EMGs and IMEs.