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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation - the "physiatrist" - is interested in the diagnosis of the disease processes underlying the disability, but focus is on the functional disability itself - that is, evaluation of the patient's level of functioning, design of a treatment program, and management of the rehabilitation team which carries out the program.
- Number of physicians in specialty - Small, less than 15,000
- Competitiveness of residency - Low
- Years of training required - Four years including a first year in a family medicine, pediatrics, transitional, or preliminary medicine or surgery residency.
- Subspecialty/Combined/Fellowship Training - There are combined five-year double-boarded residency training programs with pediatrics and internal medicine. One year fellowships are available in the following sub-specialties: hospice and palliative care, neuromuscular medicine, spinal cord injury medicine, pain management, pediatric rehabilitation medicine, and sports medicine.
Values & Personality Traits of Physicians in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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- Taking care of people
- Working with people
- Feedback from others
- Good income
- Sufficient time off
- Working with my hands
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American Academy of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is the national medical society representing more than 8,000 physicians who are specialists in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). ...
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