Hallmarks of Excellence

Rutgers Health-NJMS PM&R Residency Program Highlights

Quality of Trainees

  • 100% of our residency positions are filled each year
  • ~55 applications received for each residency position available
  • Our residents consistently win national and local awards while in training
  • 9 national Earl Elkins Awards (highest score in U.S. on board exam Part I)
  • 6 national Ernest Bors Awards (best research article in J Spinal Cord Med )
  • 5 elected to Assn. of Amer. Med. Colleges' Organization of Resident Representatives
  • 6 elected to Alpha Omega Alpha while in residency
  • 3 winners of Young Investigator Award, American Academy Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • 2 selected as AMA representatives for specialty of PM&R
  • 1 Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., M.D. Medal of Excellence
  • Our current pass rate for Part I of the PM&R board exam is 98% over the past 5 years; this compares with a national first-time pass rate on the Part I exam of only 87%
  • 90% of graduates pursued fellowships in past 5 years

Quality of Training Programs

  • Full Continued Accredited PM&R residency program with NO citations
  • Full Continued Accredited Spinal Cord Injury Medicine fellowship
  • Full Continued Accredited Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship
  • Full Continued Accredited Brain Injury Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship
  • Fellowship opportunities are among the most extensive offerings in the U.S. including Cancer Rehabilitation, SCI, TBI, Pediatric Rehabilitation, MSK
  • Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation (primary teaching affiliate) voted 4th best rehabilitation hospital in U.S. (U.S. News and World Report, yearly)
  • Mandatory medical student clerkship + 10 electives offered at 7 clinical sites
  • Mandatory resident research course + research project

Quality of Research

  • 574 total publications over past 5 years
  • 32 faculty publications in field of medical education
  • Designated by NIDRR as a Spinal Cord Injury Model System and a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System
  • Grant funding per year: approximately $6 million

Quality of Faculty

  • Extensive faculty involvement in all 4 years of NJMS: teaching, curriculum development, admissions, alumni affairs
  • National presence on leading medical policy organizations: AAP,  ABPMR, AAPMR, AMPRA

**Please note that all residency positions are offered through the NRMP**