Careers in Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation Medicine

Educational Requirements

A physician skilled in rehabilitation medicine, or a Physiatrist, is a graduate of an accredited School of Medicine or School of Osteopathic Medicine. Physiatrist must complete an accredited residency training program in physical medicine and rehabilitation to satisfy degree requirements. The Physiatrist who wants to teach or conduct research may complete graduate work toward a Master's or Ph.D. degree in a field such as biochemistry or biomedical engineering.

Certification Requirements

Physiatrists are certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 1995, there were 4,642 total board certified physiatrists.

Job Duties

The Physiatrist provides rehabilitation medical care to persons who require assistance to maximize physical functional capacity that is limited by the consequences of injury, disease, or congenital disorder. Physiatrists team with other physicians and rehabilitation professionals such as nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, prosthetists, and orthotists to provide interdisciplinary care that increases functional abilities of persons with disability in self-care, mobility, vocational rehabilitation, and other activities of daily living. Some physiatrists serve as faculty in rehabilitation medicine and conduct research to improve rehabilitation processes and outcomes.

Placement Opportunities

Physiatrists work in hospitals, medical rehabilitation facilities, private and public rehabilitation agencies or offices, research centers, and in colleges and universities, including medical schools. They may pursue two or more years of post-residency fellowship training in neuromuscular diseases, spinal cord injury, brain injury, or related specialties.

Additional Information Source

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
3015 Allegro Park Lane SW
Rochester, MN 55902-4139
Phone: 507-282-1776
Fax: 507-282-9242

Last Modified: 03/02/2017