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Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Fellowship

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine offers a two-year Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) Fellowship Program. This fellowship is accredited by the ACGME and after completion allows the graduate to sit for the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPM&R) Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine subspecialty examination. This fellowship provides the trainee with a well-rounded clinical experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

The goal of our ACGME-accredited program is to prepare the fellow for a career in academic pediatric rehabilitation medicine. We offer a comprehensive educational experience for fellows to fully develop their skills related to patient evaluation, management, data collection and interpretation in pediatric rehabilitation patients. We provide quality clinical training, as well as teaching and research opportunities with outstanding mentoring that will lead to development of the next generation of leaders in the field of PRM.

UTSW is a top-ranked, multifaceted academic institution nationally recognized for its excellence in educating physicians, biomedical scientists, and other health care professionals. Our fellows have the distinct advantage of learning from an elite group of leaders in their respective fields.

Children’s Health℠ is one of the largest and most esteemed pediatric hospitals in the United States and is the only hospital in North Texas to be nationally ranked by US News & World Report.”

Program Director

Dr. Didem Inanoglu integrates the latest advancements in pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation in her care for children with special needs and functional deficits. Her patient population includes children with congenital conditions to those with neurological disorders or traumatic injuries. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. After completing her residency and fellowship training at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Inanoglu worked overseas with People to People Foundation as a program director providing clinical care and training for rehabilitation professionals in Turkey. She then worked in private practice for a few years before returning to UTSW to help establish the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) department at Children’s Health and the fellowship training program at UTSW.  She serves on the Pediatric Rehabilitation and Developmental Disabilities Council of the AAPM&R and on the Education Committee for AACPDM. She also volunteers at the ABPMR as an oral examiner and item writer.

Clinical Experience/Exposure

The Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) fellowship offers a wide variety of clinical experiences in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Clinical experiences for fellows include the following:

Outpatient Inpatient Procedure Clinics
  • Back Pain Clinic
  • Brain Injury Clinic
  • Brachial Plexus Injury Clinic
  • Concussion Clinic
  • Demyelinating Disorders Clinic
  • General Rehabilitation Clinic
  • Limb Deficiency Clinic
  • Neuromuscular Disorders Clinic
  • Pain Management Clinic
  • Pediatric Cancer Clinic
  • Pediatric Adaptive Sports/Sports Medicine
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury Clinic
  • Rheumatology Clinic
  • Seating and Mobility Clinic
  • Sialorrhea Clinic
  • Movement Disorders Clinic
  • Spina Bifida Clinic
  • Torticollis Clinic
  • Vent Clinic
  • Feeding Program
  • Ventilator-Dependent Rehabilitation
  • Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation
  • Inpatient Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Cognitive Day Neuro Rehabilitation Program
  • CIMT
 
  • Botulinum toxin
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Pump
  • Phenol injection
 

Didactic Curriculum

Our PRM fellowship curriculum is designed to create a solid foundation for pediatric physiatrist clinical learning and knowledge.

Our fellows attend and participate in the following didactic opportunities:

  • PRM Fellow Core lectures
  • PM&R Department Grand Rounds
  • CHST Grand rounds
  • PM&R Education Conferences
  • Multidisciplinary Pediatric Conferences
  • Pediatric Fellowship Common Curriculum
    • Resilience / Wellness
    • Research methods
    • Mentorship
    • Administration

Research

PRM Fellows are provided 4 research months over a 2-year curriculum. Fellows are given this opportunity to establish their research interests and have protected time for research throughout the fellowship. Fellows have the opportunity to develop relationships with researchers from within the division and department.

Teaching Faculty

Didem Inanoglu, M.D. - Associate Professor

Rajashree Srinivasan, M.D. - Associate Professor

Bob Rinaldi, M.D. - Associate Professor

Clarice Sinn, D.O. - Assistant Professor

Stephanie Tow, M.D. – Assistant Professor

Jeff Waugh, M.D. – Assistant Professor

Kelli Chaviano, D.O. – Assistant Professor

Laura Ridnour, MPAS-PA-C – Physician Assistant

 

Mentorship

Faculty from UT Southwestern Medical Center Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Children’s Medical Center provide mentorship. You are assigned a dedicated faculty adviser who can provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. You meet with your adviser periodically throughout the program to review your progress and career goals, and ensure that your educational needs are being met.

Kathleen R. Bell, M.D.
Professor/Chair
Kimberly Clark Distinguished Chair in Mobility Research
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
President, AAPMR

Bob Rinaldi, M.D. – Professor
Chief, Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Member: Pediatric Subcommittee, ABPMR
Member: Board of Governors, AAPMR

Didem Inanoglu, M.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Member: Pediatric Subcommittee, ABPMR, AACPDM 

Jeff Waugh, M.D. 
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Member: 
International Child Neurology Association, American Neuropsychiatric Association, Movement Disorders Society, American Academy of Neurology

Rajashree Srinivasan, M.D. 
Associate Professor

 

Clinical Rotation Sites

Fellows train in a variety of settings.

 

Benefits

Benefit Programs include medical, dental, vision, supplemental life, AD&D insurance, long-term care insurance, flexible spending accounts and retirement. Details will be provided during the interview process.

An educational stipend is available for the fellow to use for approved conferences, travel, courses, books, or board exam reimbursement.

How to Apply

The Pediatric Rehabilitation fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center participates in the NRMP Fellowship Match. Information regarding the application process can be found HERE.