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Rehabilitation Medicine / Pediatrics / Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Triple Board Residency

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 University of Cincinnati Department of Rehabilitation Medicine offer a five-year 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.

The residents in the pediatric rehabilitation triple board program complete a full training program that meets all requirements for the national board certification examination for pediatrics.

The first year is a traditional pediatric internship.

During the remaining four years of training, residents complete an additional 18 months of general pediatrics. During this time they participate in many rotations and electives that provide opportunities to care for children with disabilities and chronic health conditions. Residents participate in pediatric continuity clinic in years one and two.

The pediatric training program has a full 10-year accreditation from the ACGME.

Following their internship year, residents rotate in four-month blocks, alternating between pediatrics and rehabilitation medicine to ensure that they do not spend an extended period of time away from either program.

Rehabilitation medicine training takes place through the University of Cincinnati. Training sites include the Drake Center, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the Christ Hospital, Cincinnati VA Medical Center and the J.F. Rowley Prosthetics & Orthotics Labs. The rehabilitation medicine training program has a full 10-year accreditation from the ACGME.

Pediatric rehabilitation training begins in year two and continues throughout residency.

During third, fourth and fifth years of training, residents participate in a pediatric rehabilitation continuity clinic one half day per week where they are able to follow their own patients.

During the third year, this half-day clinic will consist of two-month blocks in a variety of pediatric rehabilitation specialty clinics.

Overall, up to 12 months of dedicated pediatric rehabilitation rotations are provided beginning in year two. These experiences encompass both inpatient and outpatient settings with progressive responsibility in caring for those with pediatric disability.

With 10 pediatric physiatrists, a research psychologist, five triple-board pediatric rehabilitation residents and four pediatric rehabilitation fellows, the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s is the largest pediatric rehabilitation division in the country.

We collaborated with the University of Cincinnati to establish the pediatric rehabilitation residency program in 1988 and have graduated more than 20 pediatric physiatrists since then. Three of our faculty members have a strong research focus, making research mentorship readily available to our trainees.

Our program accepts one applicant per year, and we offer a salary and benefits package that is competitive with similar institutions throughout the country.

Contact Us / Apply

For more information about the Pediatrics / Rehabilitation Medicine / PRM Triple Board Residency Program, contact:

Hannah Sullivan
Residency Coordinator
University of Cincinnati

Phone: 513-636-7840


Apply: ERAS website. Program ID is 7353844012.