Children with disabilities represent a unique population within pediatrics. They require physicians who are experts at treating a wide range of physical and cognitive impairments and have an understanding of chronic medical disorders. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Cincinnati offer a five-year combined residency program that can provide this expertise. Upon graduation, residents will be board eligible in both pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation, and will be eligible to sit for the pediatric rehabilitation medicine subspecialty exam.
Pediatric physiatrists focus on maximizing every child’s function and quality of life. They often work as part of a multidisciplinary team and enjoy long-term relationships with their patients. Physiatrists care for a wide variety of patient populations including patients with cerebral palsy, neuromuscular disorders, brain injury, spinal cord injury, brachial plexus injuries, spina bifida, cancer, chronic pain and sports injuries.