A fourth year medical student elective is offered to University of Colorado School of Medicine students as well as outside students. The director of medical student education, Dr. Adele Meron, will coordinate the four-week rotation. The elective is offered through the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is listed in their handbook of prospective electives. Students will have the opportunity to rotate in either adult or pediatric rehabilitation settings based on preference and availability.
Students will have exposure to the following areas of PM&R:
Neurorehabilitation: Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Guillain-Barré, Myasthenia Gravis, Parkinson’s Disease, Gait and Movement Disorders
Pain medicine: Chronic Pain Management, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (previously named Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), Acute and Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Musculoskeletal care: Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Spondyloarthropathies, Back Pain and Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
Sports injuries: Achilles Tendonitis, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Turf Toe, Medial & Lateral Epicondylitis, DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis, Rotator Cuff Pathology, Acromioclavicular Separation, Biceps Tendonitis, Stress Fractures, Concussion
Post-operative care: Joint Replacement, Organ Transplantation, Amputations, Left-Ventricular Assistive Devices, Cardiac / Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Pediatric functional and developmental disorders: Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spina Bifida, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Polytrauma, Amputee Care, Brachial plexopathies
Prosthetics and Orthotics: Amputee Care, Assistive Devices and Ambulation Aids, Spinal Orthoses, Neuro-prostheses
Specialized rehabilitation: Cancer, Cardiac, Burns, Pulmonary, Family Training (for home care)
Students will observe and participate in the following procedures:
The student at the completion of this educational experience should be able to:
These goals will be accomplished by involving the student in the evaluation, therapeutic goal setting, team discussion and the integrated treatment process, which is provided for inpatients and outpatients. This experience will allow the student to be thoroughly involved in the medical science and art of rehabilitation medicine.
Students will be assigned to one of the following:
DHMC: Denver Health Medical Center, the Denver County hospital with inpatient experience including TBI, multiple trauma, SCI, and CVA. Outpatient experience with monthly clinics in amputee, seating and positioning (2 x month), and SCI (student should get 2/3), and Electrodiagnostics.
CHC: The Children's Hospital Colorado with primary outpatient exposure in a variety of pediatric rehabilitation clinics including spasticity (botox) clinic, seating and positioning, cerebral palsy clinic, and other congenital and acquired conditions.
UCH: University of Colorado Hospital with inpatient unit with variety of conditions including CVA, transplant, joint replacement as well as outpatient exposure to general rehabilitation clinic, spine center, spinal injection clinic and spine outpatient (Advanced MSK and Spine care/EMG.
VAMC: Denver VA Medical Center with inpatient and outpatient experience in arthritis, stroke, amputation, SCI, TBI, MS and other musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders.
For external students, please visit the Office of Student Affairs for information on applying for externships.
For internal students, please see the Office of Admissions for enrollment information.