msu pm&r

  • The mission of theDepartment 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/fellowship training programs and its sponsors, Sparrow and McLaren Hospitals; investigate our research projects completed and underway, and observe our COM clinical practices.

    This is 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.

    Mary Free Bed at Sparrow is #1 in Nation in Overall Quality of Care

    For three years running (2019, 2020, and 2021), Mary Free Bed at Sparrow has been recognized by the Professional Research Consultants, INC (PRC) as the top performer in the nation in Overall Quality of Care. Our department is thrilled to be partners with Mary Free Bed at Sparrow and look forward to many more years of excellent collaboration, providing top-notch care for the Mid-Michigan community.

    Find us on Instagram - @msupmr

    Our Residency Officially Submits Application for Osteopathic Recognition

    Michigan State PM&R was one of the few, long-standing AOA-affiliated PM&R residencies in the country. In light of the ACGME residency merger, we will continue to pursue “Osteopathic Recognition” to build upon our program’s reputation of furthering the field of osteopathic medicine in the world of physiatry.

    Ky Viet Quach appointed as AAPM&R Resident Delegate to AMA

    Congrats to Dr. Quach, one of our PGY-3 residents, on this appointment! He will be serving a 2-year term (2021-2022). For more about the AMA House of Delegates, you can visit:

    Dr. Prokop Honored With Patenge Medal of Public Service Award

    prokopDr. Lawrence Prokop was one of four distinguished leaders to have been selected to receive the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s highest honor, The Walter F. Patenge Medal of Public Service Award. A 1980 graduate from the College of Osteopathic Medicine, his 40 years of practice in osteopathic medicine have been split between patient care, medical education, and research. Thank you for your service Dr. Prokop!

    Congrats to our residents and attendings whose abstracts were accepted to AANEM, AAP, and AAPMR’s 2020 Conferences!

    Please join us in congratulating our program’s contributors to this year’s AANEM, AAP, and AAPMR’s Annual Assemblies:

    • Monica Barnes, D.O.
    • Alexander Carrese, D.O., M.S.
    • Drew Parkhurst, D.O., ATC
    • Frederick Carington, D.O.
    • Stephen Sudekum, D.O.
    • John Tegtmeier, D.O.
    • Michael Andary, M.D., M.S.
    • Harnoor Tokhie, D.O.

    “Top Poster”, Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting, March 2020

    top poster 2020

  • Comparison of ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance for injection in CT arthrography and MR arthrography of the hip

    Ultrasound-Guided Hip Injections

    Trends in Utilization of Image Guidance for Hip Joint Injections


    Michigan State University
    College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
    909 Fee Road
    East Lansing, MI 48824-1316

    Thanks for your interest in the Sports Medicine/Spine/EMG fellowship.  Below is a basic description of the experience with an application. 

    Our intent, at this time, is to interview over the summer and try to make a decision in early September. You can come and visit MSU and/or talk with faculty, the current fellows, or faculty at any time, or we can do a video interview.  It is important that you have a good idea what the fellowship is about before you commit for two years of your life.  However, a visit here beforehand is NOT required.

    PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in 2014 we implemented changes and we are planning on a significant change in our fellowship:

      • We are looking for a two-year commitment from the fellow. This next fellow candidate will start in July 2021 and end in June 2023.
      • The first year you will work as an attending physician and will focus on:
        • Spine (clinic/injections, 6-7 half days/week); this is primarily with Dr. Ryan O’Connor, Dr. Mathew Saffarian, and Dr. Nathan Condie.
        • EMG (2 half days); this is primarily with Dr. Michael Andary.
        • Inpatient rehabilitation/SAR/consults (1-2 half days/week).
        • Call is limited to six – eight weekends (extra pay) for the year. There is usually extra call available for extra pay as a moonlighting opportunity.
      • The first year is a non-accredited fellowship in interventional spine/pain and EMG. It will give the fellow enough credentials to sit for the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) boards.
      • This allows financial stability of the fellowship and allows the fellow to bring home a better salary.
      • The second year is an ACGME and AOA accredited Sports Medicine fellowship associated with Family Practice at Sparrow Hospital. This year includes all the requirements of the ACGME/AOA fellowship with at least 6 half days per week in Sports Medicine. The other 4 half days per week will include PM&R clinics and limited inpatient responsibilities (less than one half day per week). You will also need to follow national duty hour rules in this year.
      • To be eligible for the ACGME/AOA Sports Medicine fellowship, (which is the second year of post residency training) the applicant must:
        1. Be ACGME and/or AOA Board Eligible in PM&R.
        2. Obtain approval for attending privileges at MSU, Sparrow hospital and McLaren Hospital of Greater Lansing.
        3. Pass the MSU EMG practical test which is required to be functional in the MSU EMG lab.
        4. Pass the practical spine injection evaluation.
        5. Complete one year of PM&R attending training through MSU PM&R.


    --It will almost always require a year of fellowship training with the MSU PM&R faculty to complete letters C and D above..

    --This ACGME/AOA fellowship will be offered through the ERAS/NRMP Match


    --It will be very difficult for an applicant other than one who has completed the 1st year of this two-year fellowship to be eligible for the MSU-ACGME Sports Medicine fellowship.

    • We will offer only one physiatry position for the ACGME fellowship under Jill Moschelli MD. We may offer a second position depending on multiple factors. This single position may also be eligible for an AOA Sports Medicine fellowship under Jeff Kovan DO.
    • Salaries are competitive with opportunity to moonlight and make significantly more depending, on the amount of extra work.
    • After two years of work, the fellow/attending will be ACGME board eligible in sports medicine, EMG (American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine) and competent in lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spinal procedures that are taught following the Spine Intervention Society Guidelines.
    • Fellows will get exposure to these fluoroscopically guided procedures: Cervical Interlaminar Epidural Injections, Lumbar Transforaminal, Interlaminar, and Caudal injections; cervical transformational epidural steroid injections, Selective Nerve Root injections; Cervical Facet/Medial Branch Injections; Thoracic Facet/Medial Branch Injections; Lumbar Facet/Medial Branch Injections; Cervical and Thoracic Radiofrequency Neurotomy; Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy; Neuromodulation/Spinal Cord Stimulation Implantation Trials; Sacroiliac Joint Injections; Sacrococcygeal / Ganglion Impar Injections; stellate ganglion injections; Piriformis muscle injections; Lumbar Sympathetic Chain Ganglion injections; Genicular Nerve Block and Radiofrequency Neurolysis.
    • These Ultrasound guided Peripheral Joint and peri-tendonous injections (shoulder, elbow, wrist, , hip, knee ankle and foot) including viscosupplementation and regenerative medicine (PrP and possibly BMAC) injections; Peripheral Nerve blockade/injections (median, lateral femoral cutaneous, suprascapular, quadrangular space, greater occipital, intercostal, supraorbital, etc.);
    • These EMG guided Botulinum Toxin Injections (spasticity, Cervical Dystonia, Chronic Migraine Headache, compartment syndrome); and Myofascial Trigger Point Injections
    • Plasma rich protein (PRP) and possibly Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate stem cell injections
    • Tenex (percutaneous tenotomy)

    We are very interested in your application. Feel free to apply by email for the first year of the two year fellowship.