Didactic Curriculum

Master Curriculum (18 month cycle)


Stroke Module

Epidemiology and pathophysiology

Evidence for effectiveness of rehab

Neurological recovery and staging

Secondary prevention

Aphasias (speech)

Dysarthrias (language)

Visiospatial issues, apraxias, cognitive dysfunction, and neglect syndromes

Depression, fatigue, and sleep disorders

Workshop: dysphagia/swallow evaluation

Brain Injury Module



Acute assessment and management

Outcomes and prognostication


Neuroendocrine dysfunction

Neuroanatomy and pathophysiology

Behavioral dysfunction

Levels of consciousness (vegetative/minimally conscious state)

Non-traumatic brain injury (anoxia, SAH)

Neuropsychology and cognitive rehabilitation

Psychiatric issues and TBI

Post-concussive syndrome

Workshop: mental status testing and bedside cognitive assessment

Neurological Rehabilitation Module

Parkinson's disease

Multiple sclerosis-pidemiology and rehabilitation


Post-polio syndrome

Dystonia and other movement disorders

Spasticity management (injections, ITB)

Fatigue in neurological disorders

Workshop: cranial nerve testing

Workshop: chemodenervation

Spinal Cord Injury Module

SCI introduction and epidemiology

Acute management and rehabilitation

Current advances in SCI research

ASIA classification and clinical syndromes

Medical management and rehabilitation

DVT prophylaxis

Bowel management

Urologic issues and urodynamics

Pulmonary issues and respiratory management

Prognosis and functional status

Decubitus ulcer management

Pain management

Sexuality and fertility

TBI and SCI dual diagnosis

Non-traumatic SCI

Workshop: wheelchair prescribing

Prosthetics and Orthotics Module

Peripheral artery disease

Rehabilitation after amputation

Phantom pain

Dermatological issues in the amputee

Upper limb orthotics

Lower limb orthotics

Upper limb prosthetics

Lower limb prosthetics

Spinal orthotics

Workshops: prescribing orthotics and prosthetics

Burns, Cancer, Cardiac, and Pulmonary Rehab Module

Burn rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation and prescription writing

Pulmonary rehabilitation in neuromuscular disease

Pulmonary rehabilitation in chronic lung disease

Cancer rehabilitation


Palliative care

End of life, breaking bad news

Rheumatology Module


Rheumatoid arthritis

Pathokinesiology and treatment of the rheumatoid hand

Synovial fluid analysis

Seronegative arthopathies

Collagen vascular diseases, SLE

Gout and pseudogout

Myopathy and myositis, lyme disease, polymyalgia rheumatica

Workshop: musculoskeletal ultrasound

Sports Medicine Module

Basic principles of sports medicine

Injuries in the throwing athlete

Upper extremity sports injuries and rehabilitation

Lower extremity sports injuries and rehabilitation

Concussion in the athlete

Overuse injuries in the athlete

On-field coverage of sporting events

Role of the athletic trainer

Electrodiagnosis Module

Surgical repair of nerve injuries (grafts, transpositions, releases)

Brachial plexus

Lumbosacral plexus

Upper limb nerves

Lower limb nerves

Entrapment neuropathies

Motor neuron disease



Peripheral neuropathy

Motor and sensory nerve conduction studies

Late responses

Equipment and safety

Repetitive stimulation and neuromuscular junction pathophysiology

Facial studies


Workshop: electrodiagnostic techniques

Pediatrics Module

Cerebral palsy

Neuromuscular disorders

Brachial plexopathy


Pediatric trauma (SCI, TBI)

Spina bifida

Pediatric movement disorders

Developmental pediatrics

Geriatrics Module

Joint arthroplasty rehabilitation

Rehabilitation of fractures


Fall prevention and rehabilitation

Assessing the older driver

Ambulatory aids, equipment for ADLs

Debility and the effects of bedrest

Musculoskeletal Module

Radiology review

Plain films

MRI: spine

MRI: knee and shoulder

Other studies: Bone scans, fMRI, SPECT

Fibromyalgia and myofascial pain

Axial interventions

Foot and ankle pain (shoe and orthotic prescribing)

Upper extremity syndromes

Lower extremity syndromes

Rehabilitation of the performing artist

Pelvic floor rehabilitation

Industrial / occupational (IMEs, disability evaluations), work hardening

Core strengthening

Workshop: peripheral joint injections

Anatomy and Biomechanics Module

Spine anatomy and biomechanics

Trunk and upper back anatomy and biomechanics

Lower back and hip anatomy and biomechanics

Shoulder anatomy and biomechanics

Elbow and forearm anatomy and biomechanics

Hand and wrist anatomy and biomechanics

Knee and ankle anatomy and biomechanics

Workshops: anatomy labs with cadaver prosection

General Rehab Issues

Complementary and alternative medicine: acupuncture, massage, nutraceuticals

DVT prophylaxis in inpatient rehab

Heterotopic ossification

Driving evaluation


Ostomy care

Therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports

Subacute rehabilitation

Principles of osteopathy/OMM

Environmental control units

Gait - normal and abnormal

Rehabilitation issues in pregnancy

Chronic pain management

Complex regional pain syndrome

Sleep disorders

Vestibular rehabilitation

Physiatric consultation

Therapeutic effects of exercise

Therapy prescription writing


Rehabilitation placement

Infection control

Rehabilitation nursing

Rehabilitation psychology

Pharmacology (pain medications, NSAIDs, antiepileptics, cannabanoids, neuropharm)

Research Course

Evidence-based medicine

Clinical research design

Evaluating study design

Statistical tests

Null and alternative hypotheses

Parametric statistics

Non-parametric statistics

Qualitative research methods

Power and sample size calculations

Research misconduct

Role of the IRB

Clinical tests and measurements

Sensitivity, specificity, and likelihood ratio

Using SAS, SPSS, and Excel

Practical issues in employment

Fellowship panel

Billing and coding issues

Practice management and financial planning

Contracts and compensation

Job search techniques

Physician prescribing habits and Pharma influence

Medico-legal documentation

Other topics in residency training

Health care disparities

Resident as teacher

The art and science of teaching

Self-reflection, defining your mission statement



Physician impairment

PDSA and quality improvement

System-based practice essentials (Medicaid, Medicare)

Informed consent