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  
  • 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 National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research as a Spinal Cord Injury Model System and a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System 
  • Grant funding per year: approximately $14 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 as well as others 

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