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Medical Student Opportunities

A PM&R rotation is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering a career in internal medicine, family practice, neurology or geriatrics. Medical students will gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes outlined below through the four-week elective PM&R rotation. Students will rotate through outpatient clinic at UAMS Stephens Spine Center, the PM&R consult service at University Hospital , inpatient services at Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute and both inpatient and outpatient services at the North Little Rock Veteran’s Hospital and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Potential visiting students can view the College of Medicine visiting student course catalog to see PM&R course availability for the 2017-2018 academic year. Additional information about requirements for visiting students and the application process can be found on the College of Medicine visiting student webpage.

Objectives

KNOWLEDGE – a medical student completing a one month rotation in PM&R should be able to:

  • Define and distinguish among the terms “impairment,” “disability,” and “handicap.”
  • Discuss the functional implications of illnesses and injuries within the routine and practice of medicine.
  • Discuss the impact of chronic illnesses, pain and disability on an individual, the family and community.
  • Describe the concepts of continuum of care, including appropriate locations and facilities for different stages in the course of recovery and rehabilitation, and the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • Discuss the cost-benefit relationship in the provision of psychiatric care.

SKILLS –a medical student completing a one month rotation in PM&R should be able to:

  • Obtain a history from patients with a particular emphasis on functional limitations residual abilities and psychosocial status.
  • Determine whether disability is present and make an appropriate referral for continued care and/or evaluation.
  • Demonstrate communication techniques with patients, family members, other health care professionals, and/or representatives of third-party payers and managed care.
  • Keep medical records with sufficient information to monitor a patient’s functional progress and document need for care.

ATTITUDES –a medical student completing a one month rotation in PM&R should be able to:

  • Understand a patient-centered, rather than disease-oriented medical ethic.
  • Demonstrate concern for the social, cultural and economic implications of a patient’s disorder.
  • Appreciate the willingness to seek long-term solutions for chronic problems.
  • Demonstrate empathy and compassion for patients with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
  • Show proper respect for and willingness to work in harmony with other members of the rehabilitation team.